Landscape

Nobody Buys Black and White Postcards… (Two Photographs)

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In antique shops they sell old black and white postcards, sometimes used. But on the postcard racks in tourist shops I have not seen black and white postcards for some time. I have seen some greeting cards and some clearly colorized black and white postcards, but no scenic black and whites. One can guess they began disappearing when color was cost effective. In my view many of the more scenic postcards would look better in black and white.


Post Cards (Two Photographs)

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I read an article that said whatever you do when you travel you should take photographs of what people expect to see (e.g. Eiffel Tower, Paris). Another article spoke about an exercise to improve your photography by taking post cards of your hometown. Being economical I have combined the two with a couple of postcards of Ottawa.


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.