Landscape

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.


Abstraction (Two Photographs)

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Often when I am walking about with a camera, I am looking for something that stands out in and of itself, because of the light, the way the shadows fall. In this case it’s the corrugated wall of a church. Personally I think this works best in Black and White.


Time of Day (Two Photographs)

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I often read that one should shoot at dawn or dusk as the light is beautiful. I agree that light at that time of day is great. However, I can also think of a number reasons that other times of the day are just as good, or why dawn and dusk are sometimes impractical. By all means shoot in beautiful light, but let us not be constrained and rather learn about light in general and how it translates to our photography.


Rural (Two Photographs)

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There is something about farms and rural land and cultivated fields, that remind me of a calmer past. Of course that is pure fiction, farms are busy places with a lot of hard working people. But there is no harm in a calm rural photo or two. I am hoping to find more farm scenes this summer, they make for great photography.


A Pond in Peace (Two Photographs)

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I have never liked the look of artificially smooth water that you get using neutral density filters and long exposures. I do like the stillness of a nice pond on summer’s day, where the vision is peaceful and pastoral.


Perspective (Two Photographs)

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There are some angles of perspective that can be used in photography that are vertiginous and unpleasant. Pointing down at some subjects, for example, may mean that you have framed the subject but the viewer has to take time to compute the photograph. These two photographs come close to illustrating this because of the angle/perspective on the subject.


Perfect (Two Photographs)

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Nothing is ever perfect. But sometimes in photography we come close enough. In my experience, meddling too much with something that looks good never works. In a perfect world most photos wouldn’t need editing, but the reality is a bit of sharpening, some contrast always help in putting life into a photo.

P.S. It’s the anniversary of my Blog, this year will be my ninth year on WordPress and SmugMug.


The Old Barn (Two Photographs)

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I like doing landscapes of farms and barns, and every year I wish I could find more. I do most of them in HDR, that is take bracketed shots and combine them in Photoshop and use the HDR to get the colour and black and white to look as natural as possible.


Bucolic (Two Photographs)

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Getting that feeling of place and time in landscape photography is a gift. I am not sure if it’s best expressed in black and white or colour but I know a bucolic scene when I see one. I hope to do more landscapes next summer.


That Place (Two Photographs)

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This is a view at the entrance to the nature reserve I frequent. In fact I have taken a lot of shots of birds from just this spot. The black and white has a bit of a sketch element to it, an effect I quite like here. Always nice to photograph a place you love.


Landscape Photography (Two Photographs)

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My opportunities for landscape photography this year have been few, but I have taken advantage of them. I have tried many of the tricks the articles talk about like leading lines, foreground objects etc.. After a while you get an idea of what works for you, the same for editing. Learn, but make it yours.


Inexactitude

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In photography there is an an aspect of reportage, but nothing is ever perfect. We look for symmetry, leading lines and catchlights etc., sometimes more implied than present, hopefully having the desired effect. I often feel perfection is the enemy of the good in photography, that sometimes the audience should do a modicum of work to fill in the blanks.

 


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.