Landscape

A Quirk of Aperture (Three Photographs)

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Shooting with a cropped sensor (e.g. one that is one half the size of a full frame camera) has a few implications, one of which is that you need to think about apertures multiplied by the crop factor. This means that small sensors have greater depth of field at the stated aperture than a full frame camera would at the same aperture. Now if you look at the second and the third photograph, they were taken at F5.6 and F5.0 and the difference should be quite noticeable as it’s a full stop difference in full-frame terms. I hear someone say “why compare it to full frame if I am not using a full frame camera?” Because for close-up and macro photography you have the kind of flexibility that full frame cameras do not offer (and it’s a myth that you lose out on great out of focus backgrounds).


The Man with Two Hats (Two Photographs)

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This statue commemorates the liberation of Holland by Canadian troops in WWII. It stands on the edge of the park where the majority of the Annual Tulip Festival is held. Another copy of the statue is in Apeldorn in Holland. I am sure the statue is meant to symbolize the lasting friendship between Canada and the Netherlands but the plaque says nothing about the symbolism. However on a day becoming increasingly gloomy it reminded me of this quote by Lord Grey, UK Foreign Minister on the eve of WWI “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”


A Landscape Surprise (Three Photos)

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I am not a big believer in out of the camera shots. In this case, however, except for some cropping and a touch of shadow enhancement, these are out of the camera taken with a Fuji XT-2 camera and 35mm F2 lens. I have read that many people just use the JPGs straight out of the camera with the Fuji and now I understand why. I shot these in RAW format because I’m used to processing and will probably continue to do so some. The “Acros Film” simulation is impressive. I am still fiddling with settings on the camera, especially now that there is a new firmware update. Fuji could do some work on their manual and menus but that’s a complaint you hear about many cameras.

 

 


Tilt and Reflect (Three Photographs)

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There is a type of composition, much used in film noir, and sometimes used in photography called the Dutch tilt. Normally I like my horizons and buildings up-right. And to be frank the Dutch tilt is not usually my style. I do like reflections and sometimes getting those reflections involves a slight tilt or distortion. I like to think the two give a bit of mood to a picture.


Winter (Three Photographs)

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Some Canadians have great love for the snow and ice. Paintings and photography of winter wildness has been popular for years. Not being a great fan of winter has kept me out of the forest this year. These photos taken in January are among the few I took. When fresh snow covers everything it simplifies the landscape. I wasn’t sure about using color or B&W and opted for B&W, but left one color in the mix to show my starting point.


Landscape Photography (Four Photographs)

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In landscape photography they say that the horizons should be level, blue skies need a few clouds, there should be foreground objects or leading lines, etc. However, like most things it’s never that simple. Landscape photography covers a lot of ground, I chose two simple photographs that had level horizons and a bit of cloud; then I spent several minutes on each working the color, the contrast etc. to give depth to the color photographs. If it were easy it would not be worth doing. But while I like these pastoral scenes in color I find they lacked impact. The B&Ws on the other-hand have come out quite nicely so once again my rule of trying everything in color and B&W is worthwhile. These are old photos never published before.

 


Remnants (Three Photographs)

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I find tree stumps interesting, they become useful for other things, animals, caches, markers, flowers etc. And if by chance they are captured against a nice background even better. In the color shot, effort was made to soften the photograph, much as the Impressionists did with some of their paintings. This also illustrates another aspect of reflections; they give depth to objects, and a perspective.