Landscape

Bright Skies and Cool Colours

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Great blues skies and fall’s coloured leaves and wood – not a bad formula.


Even in the Late Fall


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Even in the late fall some colours don’t fade away.  Similarly you can get beautiful backgrounds from the faded colours.


The Fall

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When it comes to photography the fall provides simply magnificent colour palates. A gift before the deep freeze.


Colour

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Post processing of photographs gives many options for obtaining the colours you want. In my case I try to stay true to my memory of the scene.


Another View

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To handle scenes like this with big highlights and deep shadows, I use Photoshop HDR. Two shots over exposed, two under exposed and in the middle. White balance and a touch up of the colour is sometimes needed.  


A Favourite Place

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There are places that are special. This is one. I have not been back there for a long while because of crowds and COVID. Now it’s been hit by a bad storm that meant ruined paths and lost trees. Plans are a foot to make it more accessible and more crowded. I am glad to have captured it when I could.

 


A View by The River

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Taken some years ago when the water was higher than normal.


Green Grass and a Few Leaves

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One of those days I am looking forward to. I can feel them coming.


Vision 4

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Vision is also about limits, fences, how far we want to go.


Angles

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This is the side of a barn. No matter how hard I tried I could not find a level line to work with. So I left it rather than use Photoshop to fix what was not broken.


Crowded

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I know behind those reeds is a universe of animals I want to see and photograph. All I need is patience.


Mood

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In photography mood often describes the feel of a photograph. However, the photographer’s mood also has to be considered; a bad day is a bad day, the opposite is also true. A good creative shot always makes my day.


What I Miss

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When the snow begins to fall and stays on the ground and the smell and feel of winter hangs in the air, the memories of birds singing and the breeze off the lake beckons.


Where I Would Rather Be

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The Pandemic flooded parks and reserves with people anxious for air and distraction. Now as the cold weather approaches only the very intrepid will make the trek out to those places. Covid wears on us all, and I suspect we all have things we miss in our lives. Photographs can remind us of what we are missing and what we can dream about as we come out the other side of this disaster.


Natural

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In a sense, Black and White Photography takes us away from the real world where colour plays such an important role. We see differently in black and white. It’s something I have been thinking about as I work in black and white.


A Happy Accident

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Happy accidents do happen in photography. I took this photograph when I was distracted and not thinking about all the things I should have. Yet the photo that I saw in my catalogue caught my eye and I was pleased with the result. Doesn’t happen often but its nice when it does.


Reflections (Two Photographs)

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I try to use reflections in water when I can. Sometimes if the water is still enough you get this mirror effect that makes the photo a bit surreal. Often it makes people take a second look at the photograph to fully understand what they see.


Chiaroscuro in Colour (Two Photographs)

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I showed these same photos in black and a white a week ago. They also work in colour, but in this case the shadows, for example, do not have the same impact as they do in black and white. In my view colour or black and white is often a choice, and both might be just as pleasing.


The Tilt (Two Photographs)

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What differentiates these shots is a slight tilt but that subtle tilt pushes your eye down the path. It’s an old trick that works most of the time in landscapes. If you put a person in the frame it will more than likely not work.

 

 


Sober Second Thought (Two Photographs)

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I posted these in Black and White, under the title “pandemical”. It struck me that the colour versions tell another story worth telling – that there is often a brighter side of things. I think it’s worth thinking about when we consider what photographs to display.


Pandemical (Two Photographs)

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It’s hard to be positive under the pressure of the pandemic. Gloves, masks and social distancing does not help my photography. The nature paths are too narrow and there have been too many nuts just breaking all the rules. They don’t see the harm they can do by ignoring health authorities. These bleak images reflect my feelings on the worst of days under Covid-19.


Wood and Texture (Two Photographs)

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I learned a long time ago that trees have exceptional texture and can make for interesting photographs and background for other subjects. The leaf on the log is just as I found it, and I took the other photograph of a tree just as the sun went behind a cloud.


Vertiginous (Two Photographs)

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I took these because they were fun, bright and it was great time for fall colour. However, the angle is bit odd and may not be the most pleasant one for all viewers. Something to consider when shooting from unique angles.

 


Logs in Fall (Two Photographs)

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The forest floor offers a lot of photographic opportunity. I am continuing my exploration of black and white, discovering options. Because I am thinking in black and white the photos I want to do in black and white are taking less time to process them.