Floral Composition (Three Photographs)

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Taken in a city garden with my Fuji XT-2, 18-55 mm, 2.8. These illustrate something that I learned early on and which I think is an important part of my kind of photography. In composing in the camera, there are two factors: imagining the final crop, usually smaller than the screen as you see it in camera (e.g. 8×10) and taking multiple photographs of the same thing from different angles. Different angles give me a chance to pick the most dramatic or interesting composition.

Forest Light (Two Photographs)

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The lighting in forests is extraordinary. Because there is a canopy that only lets in some light there are various effects that mimic studio lighting. For example, rays of light that break through the canopy and act as spotlights which is the case here. Photography is all about light and we have several options in naturetime of day, shadows, spotlights, overcast soft lighting. All worth exploring. One trick is to bring down the highlights and exposure in processing to emphasize the lighting, a better solution than a vignette in my view.

Almost Abstract (Three Photographs)

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I was not sure how to title this, but the results are almost abstract.  These photos illustrate an issue in photographic composition and the engagement of the audience’s eye. Simply put we are attracted to the brightest spot in a photo. Which is unfortunate if it’s not your subject. In these photographs my technique, besides knowing I could crop some of the brighter spots out, was to make sure my subject was front and centre. Sometimes you have to use more complex techniques in Photoshop, but the approach I have used worked well for me here.

Escaping Flowers (Three Photographs)

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On a walk in my neighbourhood I came across this fence that made a great frame for the flowers. I used different levels of luminosity in the photographs to emphasize the main subject. In camera framing is one of many tools that can help focus an audience and there are many creative ways to do it, such as with physical objects or luminosity.

Flowers (Two Photographs)

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No HDR, just a few adjustments in Lightroom and Luminar. I like the bracketing of shots (over and under-exposed), it gives more leeway in choosing options in processing. I am inclined to do more bracketing with my Fuji XT, with HDR for still photography and some of the street photography and urban architecture I do. I have learned a lot about the possible options for natural looking results and we will see where that goes.

My First Book! And Two Photographs of Flowers

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I have just published my first book. “What Did You Expect, Dogs Playing Poker?”

“What Did You Expect, Dogs Playing Poker” is a book of verse and photography. The verses cover a wide variety of subjects – my life, travels, opinions and my sense of humour. The photographs, all in black and white, help tell the story. I hope you find it interesting. If you’re interested in purchasing my book there is a link to the store below, where you can also read more about the book. It is available as a soft cover and an ebook/Epub.

For Apple users the ePub works great. Just download and open in iBook (or Books in IOS 12). For Microsoft users there is free Epub3 reader in the Microsoft store here. There is also a soft cover version in a 12.7cm x 20.32cm (5″ by 8”) format.
In the near future I hope to publish an ebook on nature photography tips. I have discovered that self publishing and distribution are not as straightforward as I thought. Might be good material for future posts. Here are the links:



About the Photographs:

This is similar to yesterday’s HDR, but in these photographs Adobe Photoshop HDR pro was used. A bit of toning in Luminar  2018 and cropping in Lightroom. This is a bit easier than going from Lightroom to Aurora HDR to Luminar to Lightroom. The flower while not in the best of shape certainly looks better than I expected.

Processed Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were processed in HDR pro in Photoshop with a few tweaks from Skylum’s Luminar 2018. HDR has come a long way and one can expect high dynamic range programs to have more natural results than before, though in this case I am just learning to get to that point. I have tried a few filters in Luminar to pick up the detail. Less intuitive than was the case with Skylum’s now discontinued Intensity CK, which was what I have used on all my photos up till now.