Posts tagged “Landscape photography

Impressionism (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs were of a scene that reminded me of some of the impressionist art I have seen by Monet. Many rules were broken by the Impressionists in moving from the more realistic styles that preceded them. That is the case here too, the subject being the canvas rather than something defined. I think photos like these make for some nice wall art.


Patterns (Two Photographs)

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Building on what I said in Monday’s post about impressionism, these two photographs move into the realm of patterns and shades. Fall almost always provides the Impressionistspalate of color and the sense of frantic chaos that is sometimes seen in nature.


Profile (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs were processed slightly differently with different approaches to contrast. The second has a bit more contrast using a push processing preset. Thepoint here is in walking about a city, buildings sometimes provide an opportunity for a unique perspective, part of the fun is finding that perspective.


Dimension (Three Photographs)

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Walking in the city the other day I was wishing the weather was just a little better and I could go to the nature reserve and not freeze. It struck me that one of the fascinations of nature is dimension. Looking around the city there is certainly detail, but the dimensions are flat, geometric, for the most part predictable. Whereas in nature it seems there is more randomness and hence more dimension I think that is what I was missing. I think in a later post I will do these shots in B&W but on a grey day doing black and white with subjects like is just a bit ironic.


Landscape and Fourth Article on Exposure (Three Photographs)

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Some fall shots I took before things turned bleak.

If your camera is in auto mode (P mode), the camera choses shutter and aperture and possibly ISO. Using any other mode we have greater control over exposure. As noted in a previous post the camera is not a perfect light meter but it does have some tools we can use, I mentioned the different metering options like spot and centre-weighted.  Spot metering is useful to get a reading off of heavily backlit subjects, and to ensure the subject is properly exposed. It also risks blowing out the background (over brightening or losing all detail). Centre-weighted metering is also good for back-lit subjects and can help avoid blown out backgrounds. The whole area mode in modern cameras uses a computer to judge the scene and give you the best advice. Because every camera is different you need to try these options for yourself. Try lots of different light situations and subjects and you will have a good idea of what works for you.On my Nikon I use the general and spot most often, and very infrequently centre-weighted.


Colour (Two Photographs)

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In stark contrast to yesterday’s post this one is about color. Camera and processing can alter and affect colors creatively, most of the time people focus on the saturation and vibrance settings in camera and in post. Film styles are another way cameras address color. Most processing programs enable changes to the hue, saturation, luminance of colors as wells as white balance and overall tint. Not an insignificant number of variables and one reason auto correct settings are so popular and getting better all the time.Two points I would make about playing with these variablesis you have to start with reasonably good color, and pay attention to the blues and yellows as they affect everything. A bonus tip is that lowering highlights improves clouds, though it is surprisingly easy to go too far. It’s wonderful when you come across scenes like this shot where nature does most of the work.


Leaves and A Word on Specialization in Photography (Two Photographs)

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I recently saw an article on diversity in photography, not surprisingly it was actually an argument that specializing in one form of photography is not the easiest way to learn or expand your talents in photography. It’s a point I agree with. Ansel Adams did commercial photography as well as his famous landscapes. Many famous photographers had many private or professional projects that were outside of what they were known for, it helped them learn new techniques and keep their photography fresh. I know that it is easy to find a niche where one is particularly happy e.g. birds, while other types of photography, e.g. macro are less comfortable. It maybe cliché to talk about getting out of your comfort zone but it is a sure way to learn something new. For me the one type of photography that has great interest but with which I have had little experience is portraiture, finding people I can shoot is the first challenge.