Landscape

Trees -2 (Two Photographs)

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These tree photographs were taken in early spring, when there was still a chill in the air. I liked the abstract nature of the canopy; little has been done to to enhance the photograph. The original files were taken in black and white on my Fuji camera.


Trees (Three Photographs)

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I did a couple of series on trees at two different parks, this is the first. We tend to ignore trees as merely a feature in a landscape. I thought I would try for something a bit different using contrast and shadows.


Placid (Two Photographs)

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Even without the ducks this would be quite an interesting scene, calm and placid. I took about 20 photographs but only one had all the elements I wanted, especially the ducks in a good position. Sometime patience is rewarded.


Landscape (Two Photographs)

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There is nothing quite like a great water landscape image to calm the mind, though being there in person is even better! I was not quite sure how to process this in black and white so I stuck with a classical slightly dark approach.


Twist and Turns (Two Photographs)

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I have stared at this bizarre tangle of trees on many visits to the lake and wondered if I could do it justice. I came closer this time using luminance masks (created with Greg Benz’s Lumenzia). Without luminance masks the range of highlights would have been distracting.


Lines (Two Photographs)

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Using leading lines in photos to direct your viewer’s attention is a tried and true technique in landscape photography. And here the line of trees is emphasized as well as an interesting sky. You can use leading lines for almost every kind of photography, even for shooting birds.


Hard Edges (Two Photographs)

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The camera and computer add sharpening, we can add more when we edit and the photo gets sharpened once more when it leaves the post processing software. Too much of it leads to halos or white outlines around objects. Three solutions: do no sharpening or do less of it, paint the outlines away or follow some of the more complicated  tutorials on the web. I usually go back and try minimizing the sharpening but I will paint away outlines if all else fails. Fortunately these photos had no unusual problems.