Posts tagged “Landscape

Curious Flower (Two Photographs)

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The lighting on this flower was unique and I have tried to bring out some of the surreal nature of the lighting. Given an opportunity to shoot great light, I will. In nature photography considering the light is sometimes an afterthought as we go after subjects, but great light can make a subject jump out.


Trilliums (Three Photographs)

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Lovely flowers we see far too infrequently. I came across these on a forest walk in Quebec. There were hundreds in the forest. Mostly white and yellow with the reddish ones a bit rare.


Flowers in Black and White (Three Photographs)

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I posted these flowers in an earlier post. I wanted to try them in black and white with some contrast and more detail; it turns out the detail did not need work. High contrast photos are a matter of taste but always interesting.


Flowers (Three Photographs)

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Flower photography is an art unto itself. There are so many ways of doing it and many different techniques and approaches that I like to try. I find it great practice for other types of photography (though the flowers stay relatively still unlike most of my other subjects).


Colour (Two Photographs)

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A bit of colour can lighten the mood. Nature‘s range of colour even in a small space of a few feet, never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes a good walk with my camera just makes my day.


Queen Anne’s Lace (Two Photographs)

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The haphazard way in which taller plants stand out along paths has always fascinated me. They are living flagpoles above the rest of the flora. The shape and form artistic, even blowing in the wind.


Lily Pad (Two Photographs)

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There is one thing to dislike about lily pads, their attraction for hosts of ugly bugs. You need to be shooting before they arrive and when the plant has just bloomed. The addition of the damselfly is interesting. But it’s too small to be much more than a detail.


Contrast (Three Photographs)

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In photography contrast can mean many things, including tightening the tonality, contrast between colors. contrast between objects etc. A very flexible word. These were taken on different days but contrast is an obvious choice for this series of photographs. In my experience people see the connection even if they cannot articulate what connects these types of photographs.


Black and White Close-up Photography (Two Photographs)

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I used my 105mm lens and was going for a very high contrast series of shots. However, on editing, truly high contrast was not as pleasing as these results. That is one of the reasons I enjoy editing, you may have plans but the software has options.


Little Italy (Three Photographs)

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Just when I think I had taken every possible photo in Little Italy, I find more to shoot. I try to vary the walks but some places are simply un-photogenic while others never cease having interesting things to shoot.


Urban Flowers

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Even when its hot or leaving the city is impossible because of all the festivals and events, there are still urban flowers to shoot. And sometimes you find interesting angles and perspectives in local gardens, even shooting from the street.


Bladder Campion (Two Photographs)

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Bladder Campion or Silene vulgaris, is one of the more interesting wildflowers. Found almost everywhere I go, city and field, during famines in the past it was boiled for food. Wikipedia states it’s still sometimes used in risotto in Italy. Here it’s just another pretty flower (or depending on your perspective, a weed).


Minimalist (Three Photographs)

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I took these wandering around town with my Fuji: the window of a municipal museum that have seen better days, a parking lot wall after a local “Glowfair”, and the corner of a newly finished condo high-rise. This is what happens when I am absorbed by photography, the ordinary looks different.


Flower (Two Photographs)

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Finding the perfect flower never seems to work especially as the season progresses. I did this flower in color and black and white because I think the different treatments provoke different emotions, but dark or bright this flower certainly has not lost its character.


Naturally Abstract (Two Photographs)

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I am always delighted to find something in nature that has a surreal and abstract look to it. In processing I tend to highlight the main subject by toning down the background and lowering highlights. The idea is to isolate a piece of the whole.


Tulip Framing (Three Photographs)

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A technique I like to use is to focus on one flower and use others as a frame or as a means of focusing attention on the main subject. This is bit like the idea in landscape photography that one should pay as much attention to the foreground as the background. When you have to shoot tight (e.g. at a festival) this tip can help expand the possibilities.


Interesting (Three Photographs)

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I called this post interesting because it was the shapes that pushed me to take these shots. I was intrigued by the patterns. In the last two I was not sure if the color or the black and white would best highlight the ballet image I had in mind. Though looking at the black and white  it does have the best contrast.


An Interesting Technique (Three Photographs)

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Walking along I saw this yellow flower and I maneuvered myself to get some if not all of the purple flowers in the background (more or less in focus). That’s the idea, give your flower photos a boost by adding some muted/out of focus colour to the background.  Of course pundits will say shooting straight down into a flower is a no no. Mea Culpa.


Light in the Forest (Two Photographs)

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I often see wild flowers in their own patch of light. It’s actually quite hard to get a good shot and retain the light. We can talk about metering modes but the real issue is that the camera and the software want to even out light even with spot metering. The radial dial in Lightroom can help a great deal, but if you lighten the flowers for example, you also need to tone down the background. In black and white you can choose a colour filter to  highlight the flowers. This is one of the better techniques. And a vignette doesn’t hurt either.


Popping (Three Photographs)

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Photographers and editors of photographs talk about a photograph “popping” or “making it pop” etc. With tulips this is easy. Their form, colour and position provide more than enough pop. You just have to be close enough to get the composition you want and mind the backgrounds, the tulips do the rest.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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The colour photograph represents the best week of sun and cool air and the black and white, the week when we had the worst showers in June since 1949. Nasty weather puts a damper on things, but I get more time to process photographsand work on other projects. However, I would much rather be out with my camera.


A New Forest (Three Photographs)

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Having planned a city walk with street photography gear, my wife and I stumbled on a park. Unnamed which was unusual. Squeezed by a school at one end, backyards at the side, and an urban highway that encircled the rest. Still given the density of the trees it was quiet. A real forest, the kind children used to love to play in and now regularly used by dog walkers. The story of the park that day was the magnificent trees. So operating on less is more, here are three trees from the nameless forest.


River View (Two Photographs)

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I took this at Parc de la Plaisance in Quebec. Nice park, great place for photography, although their boardwalks were damaged in the winter storms. The Black and White in my view is the keeper and the colour is just to show the base that I worked with. It has a hint of drama and might make some great wall art.


Tulip Colours (Three Photographs)

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In an an earlier post I said how complicated it can be to get the colors to look natural in a panorama of a tulip bed. You see this in the third shot. It has to do with color spaces and gamuts, put simply, the colors your camera and computer can see. I am sure some expert could get it right but it would be complicated. Instead I prefer the framingof a single flower as in the first two examples.