Posts tagged “Landscape photography

Nobody Buys Black and White Postcards… (Two Photographs)

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In antique shops they sell old black and white postcards, sometimes used. But on the postcard racks in tourist shops I have not seen black and white postcards for some time. I have seen some greeting cards and some clearly colorized black and white postcards, but no scenic black and whites. One can guess they began disappearing when color was cost effective. In my view many of the more scenic postcards would look better in black and white.


That Walk (Three Photographs)

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My wife and I took a long walk along the river looking for birds, without any luck. I thought I would do some landscapes and decided to bracket them for possible HDR treatment. I selected this tree and for one reason or another HDR, combining the five shots, did not work. The first photograph is the middle shot of the bracket, with no exposure compensation and very little editing. The second photo is the same shot but this time the white balance has been corrected. The third photo, the B&W is based on the white balance adjusted photo. I would have led with the second or third, but I wanted to show the impact of white balance on this kind of photo. The effect is most pronounced on the path and hedge close to the path. 


Post Cards (Two Photographs)

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I read an article that said whatever you do when you travel you should take photographs of what people expect to see (e.g. Eiffel Tower, Paris). Another article spoke about an exercise to improve your photography by taking post cards of your hometown. Being economical I have combined the two with a couple of postcards of Ottawa.


Juxtaposition (Two Photographs)

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Juxtaposition can sometimes be all you need to tell as story; it’s a form of contrast. Here we have an old Totem Pole on an island in the Ottawa River and in the background Government Buildings in Gatineau, Quebec. It certainly says more than some of the temporary exhibits on the history of Canada installed for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.


The Man with Two Hats (Two Photographs)

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This statue commemorates the liberation of Holland by Canadian troops in WWII. It stands on the edge of the park where the majority of the Annual Tulip Festival is held. Another copy of the statue is in Apeldorn in Holland. I am sure the statue is meant to symbolize the lasting friendship between Canada and the Netherlands but the plaque says nothing about the symbolism. However on a day becoming increasingly gloomy it reminded me of this quote by Lord Grey, UK Foreign Minister on the eve of WWI “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”


A Landscape Surprise (Three Photos)

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I am not a big believer in out of the camera shots. In this case, however, except for some cropping and a touch of shadow enhancement, these are out of the camera taken with a Fuji XT-2 camera and 35mm F2 lens. I have read that many people just use the JPGs straight out of the camera with the Fuji and now I understand why. I shot these in RAW format because I’m used to processing and will probably continue to do so some. The “Acros Film” simulation is impressive. I am still fiddling with settings on the camera, especially now that there is a new firmware update. Fuji could do some work on their manual and menus but that’s a complaint you hear about many cameras.

 

 


Tilt and Reflect (Three Photographs)

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There is a type of composition, much used in film noir, and sometimes used in photography called the Dutch tilt. Normally I like my horizons and buildings up-right. And to be frank the Dutch tilt is not usually my style. I do like reflections and sometimes getting those reflections involves a slight tilt or distortion. I like to think the two give a bit of mood to a picture.