Posts tagged “Landscape photography

Last Call

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I realize that not everyone enjoys their time behind the computer screen, but I find some photographs are surprisingly interesting to edit. Working on this one I realized how dark the mood of the picture was and I had some fun with that. The process had the opposite effect on my mood.


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.


Interruptions (Two Photographs)

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Our minds, if not our eyes, see patterns and interruptions in them. It’s the opposite of the leading lines that lead the eye to a subject. In the case of irregularities or broken lines there is a slight reaction that can help a photo and its composition make a mark on the viewer.


Local and Surreal (Two Photographs)

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At some point we all take well lit photographs of skyscrapers, they have great potential. Shoot a bracket of shots at different exposures and use HDR, the clouds move and often the software compensates with interesting patterns. I use Photoshop and not one of the stand-alone HDR tools for this, and it works very well.


Falling (Two Photographs)

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Once you master the basics of photography and have found subjects you like, the two stage process of composing begins to take on more importance. First there is composition in camera and while filling the frame sounds great (and it is for journalism) remember the sensor format in your camera is not 8×10 or the size of any standard picture frame. Nor does it usually follow editorial requirements. So the second stage is the crop in post production.  As a personal rule I try to leave room in the camera composition to enable a reasonable crop in post processing.


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.


Colour (Two Photographs)

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Most photographers today grew up in the world of colour photography, TV and movies. That does not mean we have less appreciation for black and white. It’s just that colour is seen as closer to reality and more familiar than monochrome. The danger is of course two-fold: the technicalities of colour reproduction make it hard to be true to life, and secondly the temptation that few can resist, to improve the colours (even with just a bit of contrast). In black and white the latitude for “reality” is arguably wider as one works with shadow and light.


A Background (Two Photographs)

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After my suggestion to take photos from many angles, my next suggestion is to be mindful of the background. It can help or hinder your photograph. Simple is only better sometimes. In short watch your backgrounds, change your angle or distance to get a nicer one.

 


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.


Dystopia (TwoPhotographs)

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These days we don’t have to look too far for dystopia.  Eventually things will return to normal and those of us hibernating will be able to comfortably come out of our cocoons. But it’s a ways away and curbing impatience is a trial for us all.


Composure (Two Photographs)

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Perhaps it’s unfair of me to be so adamant that the rule of thirds is not a rule but a guide. Do I use it, yes but unintentionally, it is meant to be a guide to composition. I have almost lost my composure over clubs that rule photos out of competition because they do not following the “rule”. I believe composition is part of the artistry of photography and may at times follow the “rule”. Here I have shown an experiment in composition, two shots of the same scene to give me a choice of composition in processing which leads me to my rule: “ when possible take a shot from more than one perspective”.


Tableau (Two Photographs)

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Walking in the reserve I often see scenes that remind of the painted tableaus I have seen in museums.  In these photographs I have tried hard to capture that perspective. However, photography is its own art form and I have avoided any painterly effect.

 


Never Bored (Two Photographs)

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Photography can be frustrating at times, but it seldom bores me. Being an opportunistic photographer I am not out to shoot anything in particular. I am more interested in the exploration. Exploration of new ideas and techniques or approaches. I say this because photography is an investment in learning, skills and gear and it pays to be a bit more open to other themes in photography.


Purple (Two Photographs)

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Purple is a royal colour. In some societies it was restricted for use only by the serving monarch. Purple continues to be a symbol of royalty even if over time it has been considered garish and monarchies in general past their due date. But in nature while the colour is not rare it still stands out in a field.


Natural Bouquets (Two Photographs)

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In the field I am always looking for those flowers that lend themselves to an artistic take. It’s the background that supports the photograph which is important and gives it an artistic spin. The technique is simple, using the largest aperture (more distance between the background and the subject than the camera to subject). It’s finding the background that is the challenge.


Cones (Two Photographs)

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As a photographer I am always drawn to shape and form. I could be in a minority, but I suspect that shape and form influence our view of many elements of life, and that our minds have a particular affinity for symmetry.


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.


Victorian Wallpaper (Two Photographs)

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I took these shots not really thinking about the outcome. My interest was in testing my camera after not having used it for awhile. But I love this pseudo Victorian wallpaper look. I did it in colour and black and white because the shot works both ways.