Posts tagged “Landscape photography

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.


Winter (Three Photographs)

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Some Canadians have great love for the snow and ice. Paintings and photography of winter wildness has been popular for years. Not being a great fan of winter has kept me out of the forest this year. These photos taken in January are among the few I took. When fresh snow covers everything it simplifies the landscape. I wasn’t sure about using color or B&W and opted for B&W, but left one color in the mix to show my starting point.


Day Lilies (Three Photographs)

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I was at a nature photo event where people were showing their photos. One photo on display was of a day lily. It was a very nice photo. But I overheard someone saying it’s the most photographed flower in the world. Now that may be true in the sense that the Eiffel Tower may be the most photographed tourist site in the world. However, if the photo is original, creative and has impact, who cares if the subject is common in photography. The ability to take something common and make it stand out, now that’s skill!


Wide Angle Lenses (Three Photographs)

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Once I figured them out, wide-angle lenses became a favorite of mine. At first it was the telephoto lenses that got me going, it was easy to cut a piece out of the world around me and make a photograph plus I had no worries about odd distortions. Wide-angles lenses, from 35mm down need special attention to some details. The horizon will bend if it’s not in the center of the lens for example, and you need to be more aware of what is on the edges of the frame. Kit lenses in the 18-55mm range at 18mm are fun to use. Wide-angle lenses tend to focus much closer than telephoto lenses so you can get right up to your subject. I was on a walk and one of the participants was talking about how he wanted a macro lens, I noticed he had a wide-angle prime, so I asked to see it and sure enough I could get within a few inches of a subject and get a sharp close-up image. The photographs here were taken with the 10.5mm Nikon DX lens, almost a fish eye lens. It’s the kind of lens where you need to watch that your feet do not find their way into the frame, but a lens that transforms what you see. It’s not a lens people use much, which is why I have often seen it for sale, second–hand, I bought mine second-hand. These are old photographs never published before.


Landscape Photography (Four Photographs)

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In landscape photography they say that the horizons should be level, blue skies need a few clouds, there should be foreground objects or leading lines, etc. However, like most things it’s never that simple. Landscape photography covers a lot of ground, I chose two simple photographs that had level horizons and a bit of cloud; then I spent several minutes on each working the color, the contrast etc. to give depth to the color photographs. If it were easy it would not be worth doing. But while I like these pastoral scenes in color I find they lacked impact. The B&Ws on the other-hand have come out quite nicely so once again my rule of trying everything in color and B&W is worthwhile. These are old photos never published before.

 


Remnants (Three Photographs)

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I find tree stumps interesting, they become useful for other things, animals, caches, markers, flowers etc. And if by chance they are captured against a nice background even better. In the color shot, effort was made to soften the photograph, much as the Impressionists did with some of their paintings. This also illustrates another aspect of reflections; they give depth to objects, and a perspective.