Posts tagged “Landscape photography

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.


Pandemical (Two Photographs)

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It’s hard to be positive under the pressure of the pandemic. Gloves, masks and social distancing does not help my photography. The nature paths are too narrow and there have been too many nuts just breaking all the rules. They don’t see the harm they can do by ignoring health authorities. These bleak images reflect my feelings on the worst of days under Covid-19.


Formats (Two Photographs)

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Besides deciding to shoot in portrait or landscape format, we have to decide what format to cut the photo down to e.g. 8×10, or 4×5. There may be a number of factors at play over and above the subject matter. But the one trap is filling the frame in camera in such a way that you cannot format the photograph in post production, the subject fills the screen. I make this mistake every so often and the portrait shot here is one case of that.


Flower Photography (Two Photographs)

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I take as many photographs of flowers as I do of birds, if not more. I also like to read about photography. It struck me that the work on flower photography that I have seen is very limited in its ambition. Flowers are the perfect object to experiment on with a camera. Try everything you can think of, it’s definitely worth it.


A Break in the Fence (Two Photographs)

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I am still undecided if I prefer to work in colour or black and white. But this photograph which works both ways, in my view was a more powerful image in black and white. Often black and white expresses sentiment better than colour photography does.


A Monet Background (Two Photographs)

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If you ever get the chance to see Monet’s Lilies (a painting that is semicircular and covers many meters of wall you will know what I mean by a Monet background.) An impressionist, he looked down from a bridge and what he saw was cacophony of colour both organized and unorganized. The paintings capture your imagination. In my work I look for backgrounds that have that touch of colourful play.


Window (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs, or edits of the same image are designed to make a specific point. I should not have to squint to figure out what the subject is in any photograph. But I often have to and that’s a problem.


Simple (Two Photographs)

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They say that sometimes simple is best. And in these uncertain times simplicity and clarity would be a godsend. In photography it’s not always easy to get that artistic background that makes this kind of photograph work.


Vertiginous (Two Photographs)

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I took these because they were fun, bright and it was great time for fall colour. However, the angle is bit odd and may not be the most pleasant one for all viewers. Something to consider when shooting from unique angles.

 


Intimate Urban Landscape (Two Photographs)

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I do not remember when I first heard the phrase “Intimate Urban Landscape” used to describe photos of bits and pieces of what we see in the urban landscape. I like it, it captures the subject without making us misuse titles like street photography or architectural photography.


Postcard (Two Photographs)

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There several ways to make your photographs of monuments look original but it’s always a good idea to take a postcard approach as well (they are just as difficult). The photo is of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


Look Down (Three Photographs)

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In the fall, the forest floor is alive with great photographic opportunities, not least of which are all the fallen leaves. The only catch here is composition and the decisions on colour or black and white.


Fall Leaves (Two Photographs)

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Here are a few leaves I saw in the park and I thought they would make good contrast shots. Black and white is all about contrast, detail and often good shadows and hard blacks. That said, you have many options when working with colour filters in black and white.


Fall Colours (Two Photographs)

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Fall comes in many colours, including black and white. Every professional photographer talks about having a style, a personal style in their photography. Personally I like a broad range of options. Nobody’s paying me for consistency of style.


Logs in Fall (Two Photographs)

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The forest floor offers a lot of photographic opportunity. I am continuing my exploration of black and white, discovering options. Because I am thinking in black and white the photos I want to do in black and white are taking less time to process them.


A Lesson Oft Forget (Two Photographs)

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Using aperture to isolate a subject is the oldest trick in the book. Small aperture, with subject closer to the camera than the background, works every time. But the quality of that background, the amount of defocusing, blurring etc. is dependant on the size of the Fstop we choose to use. Would the shot be better at F5.6 than F2.8? Looking at the back of the camera or through the EVF of a mirrorless camera doesn’t always help. Back home in front the computer there are only a limited number of things you can do to optimize the background. I often take numerous photos at different depths of field and I am often surprised what I find to have been the best aperture.


Mauve,Green and Purple (Two Photographs)

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There is a time of year when backgrounds are easy and clean and the flowers are at their best, it’s a time I take advantage of. I like to walk around finding a good position to get the flower just right and with the F stop maximize the background’s blur.


Unexpected (Two Photographs)

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I took this thinking the subject was a bent vent. It was only when I got into my digital darkroom that R2-D2 showed up. It’s always possible I stumbled on some new dimension/episode of Star Wars – who knows it was just there.


Light and Shadow (Two Photographs)

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A photographer once told me given the right lighting anything can be made to look great. There have been many instances where I would agree that lighting has made all the difference, but frankly I kind of like a pleasant subject as well as good light. But it is worth remembering what he said when you are faced with a challenge.


Changes (Two Photographs)

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Since I took up photography a long time ago, the biggest changes have occurred in how we process photographs, and there is more to come. Certainly we have seen changes in photography (digital), but the basics have remained the same. But processing has been undergoing revolutionary changes over the past 15 years and changed many photographers approach to photography, New photographers have to learn about their cameras, photography technique and editing/processing, it’s quite a process these days.  Post processing has given us much more flexibility to make sure the results have our individual fingerprints on them.


Working (Three Photographs)

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“They call them works of art for a reason.” This is my umpteenth time trying to get shots of this unique doorway and in these three photos I may have succeeded. My point, however, is that photography is seen by many as simply pressing a button, while in reality many photographers put considerable effort into every shot they take.