Posts tagged “Flora

Yellow (Three Photographs)

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Understanding the color wheel, what colors are opposites and how colors work together helps with any kind of photography; even black and white where color filters remove that tonality from the photo. Camera styles and different films all interpret color differently. In addition computers and photographic quality paper are limited to the range of color they can portray. If your client is Coke and they want a specific copyrighted color for their ads this can be tricky. For the rest of us color is an element that has some flexibility and room for interpretation. Changing white balance or working with and using hue, saturation and luminance can be a good start to add a small personal touch. In these I have left the color as it was but boosted the contrast and lowered the highlights. That technique intensifies the color slightly.


Light, Overcast Light (Three Photographs)

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This is not about the weather, though we have had more than our fair share of overcast days. It’s about the effect. Photographers pay a small fortune for soft boxes to shoot their flash through. These diffuse light and make it big, the closer the soft box to the subject the softer the light. The sun may be far away but it’s a massive light and when filtered through clouds it’s a great soft box. Soft light brings out softer color and softens edges just a tad. It’s just great light. The downside of an overcast sky is that you can get more back-lit subjects, that portions of pure white will appear in your skies or background. I can see a photography club criticizing two of the photographs below on the grounds that your eye is drawn by the brightest light, but I think the light is a feature and in a triptych these three photos would be very nice.


Out of Camera Shots (Three Photographs)

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I always find it amazing when I am told a photograph is out of camera, meaning unedited. I would have to say I have rarely had the experience of perfection out of camera, but it does happen. The first flower was cropped that was all. The thistle had a bit of exposure work done on it and was cropped to eight by ten. The purple flowers were cropped and had an exposure adjustment of plus half a stop. None of them had noise reduction, sharpening or anything else done to them. Flash was used with the thistle and the purple flowers. Shot with a Nikon D7200, 105mm d lens and a 24mm extension tube.


Flowers, I Shoot Flowers! (Two Photographs)

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I was surprised when I was updating my website on Smugmug, to see how many photographs of flowers I have. One thing is certain I rarely go out with anything more than a general idea of what I will take, maybe a few hopes but I don’t try to predict what I will see. I think that is one of the reasons photography interests me so much I can take chances, explore and be surprised. Then I can take home my hard-won gains and polish the edges.

 


Not What I Expected (Three Photographs)

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Its been a real pleasure to walk the streets and take photos of what I see: birds, insects, people, events, flowers etc. It’s what I did when I first picked up a camera although the streets were in somewhat more exotic locations. A sort of make do with what you have approach and when you get something you like it’s quite satisfying. Many shots do not work and that will always be part of the learning curve. The concept of wearing a camera, as in taking it everywhere, has a lot going for it, though as I well know some jobs make it impractical.


Cropping (Two Photographs)

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Cropping raises all kinds of questions, including should I crop? As cameras have an aspect ratio that will not fit most frames that alone makes cropping pretty much a standard. Macro Photographers crop almost all the time. There are “rules” for cropping (of thirds, golden triangle etc.). There is also cropping for drama, etc. Often excluding a piece of the whole makes little difference to our minds in grasping what a subject might be. There is even a school of photography where getting as close as you can without losing the ability  of your audience to understand the subject e.g. in portraits cropping close and focusing more on the face than the other parts of the head. Personally  I think experimenting with cropping never hurts.


Looking Like I Feel on Rainy Days (Two Photographs)

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Last year we had a bit of drought, this year almost half of the year has had precipitation. This flower looks like a person raging, which is how I feel when I get a day I can go out and do something interesting and the weather thinks otherwise. We have had a few good days recently and I hope it continues because no wants me looking like this flower again 🙂