Posts tagged “Landscape photography

Bright Skies and Cool Colours

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Great blues skies and fall’s coloured leaves and wood – not a bad formula.


Even in the Late Fall


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Even in the late fall some colours don’t fade away.  Similarly you can get beautiful backgrounds from the faded colours.


The Fall

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When it comes to photography the fall provides simply magnificent colour palates. A gift before the deep freeze.


Colour

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Post processing of photographs gives many options for obtaining the colours you want. In my case I try to stay true to my memory of the scene.


Another View

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To handle scenes like this with big highlights and deep shadows, I use Photoshop HDR. Two shots over exposed, two under exposed and in the middle. White balance and a touch up of the colour is sometimes needed.  


A Favourite Place

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There are places that are special. This is one. I have not been back there for a long while because of crowds and COVID. Now it’s been hit by a bad storm that meant ruined paths and lost trees. Plans are a foot to make it more accessible and more crowded. I am glad to have captured it when I could.

 


Strange

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This photo looked pretty much like this out of the camera – artsy, painterly. Tried to do something to tone it down but then decided its persistence to revert to the original mood needed to be respected.


A View by The River

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Taken some years ago when the water was higher than normal.


Green Grass and a Few Leaves

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One of those days I am looking forward to. I can feel them coming.


Landscape

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Flowers can make their own landscape.


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.