Posts tagged “Photography (2)

Sparrow

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Sparrows seem to be everywhere and when you can’t see them you can hear them. Nice sound to wake up to in the morning.


Pretty

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In the midst of everything else nature has a distinctly calming effect. 


Not Xmas

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Walking by a house where Christmas lingers along with some homemade summer bird houses struck me as unusual but I liked the way the bird houses looked.


Brutalism

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Brutalism is a form of architecture that really does nothing except for being functional. The pretence of many modern buildings to consider themselves fine architecture is absurdism. As a photographer mockery is within our grasp.


Not a Leading Line

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A leading line takes your audience’s eye to the subject, like a road to a house. Here the line of flowers fade into the background like exhaust from a rocket, eye catching.


What the Window Sees

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One technique I like is using window reflection to frame something that then becomes the subject; catching the eye or causing the viewer to think.


Selective Focus

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Shallow depth of field to isolate a subject is a classic technique. Another way to think about it is to call it selective focus. Like selective sharpening it’s all about highlighting a subject.


Angles

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The rule says concentrate your viewers’ eyes on the subject, make it standout. Also note that some of the worlds greatest painters create scenes with a whole lot going on, sometimes unrelated, with the sole purpose of keeping their audience occupied or telling a story. Then there is impressionism and abstract art where the subject is not always the point. For the most part photography has focused on realism and clarity more than anything else. Personally I like a lot of facets.


Bokeh

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Bokeh is the kind of background you see here, nicely out of focus. It’s possible to get this with any camera and lens, but the more blades in the lens shutter the better. A full-frame camera does not hurt but I don’t think it’s a good reason to buy a more expensive camera.


Back End of the Week

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As we see the end of a long week, a change of perspective cannot hurt.


Signage

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Parking lots have provided me with several photographic opportunities, very often it’s the signs that make the scene.


Chairoscuro

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I like the way the light fell on this scene, just slightly haphazard.


Cardinal Couple

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This pair of cardinals kept moving along the ledge and I took the photograph when they finally moved closer together. The photo is in black and white only because the building’s paint was awful and detracted from the birds.


Tulip Against Brick

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The urban environment is no different from any other photographic venue, background plays a role. While good backgrounds are hard to find they can make a big difference.


My No.1 Rule

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If you pass something more than once and it continues to catch your eye take a photograph. There is something there and as a photographer the job is to show an audience what it is.


Tulip (Two Photographs)

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It takes a lot to make a photograph: getting balanced exposure, an appropriate depth of field and a perspective on the subject that is dynamic.


Obscurantism

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Somebody thought their nasty graffiti would be visible but the vine had other ideas.


What the Window Sees

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People who follow me here know I like windows and this is the first time I have done selective colouring.


Stapled for the Common Good (Four Photographs)

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They are in the process of replacing older telephone poles in our area. Traditionally used for postering. On wood, staples work best. This makes for wonderful and interesting textures.


Bokeh

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I was shooting with a 24-70 f2.8 lens. On a full frame the out of focus background seems much better and more amenable to the bokeh effect you see in the photo’s background.


Depth of Field (Two Photographs)

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I use depth of field as a creative tool in almost all of my efforts, it’s something I am very careful about and often take photographs like this with different depths of field tilI I have something interesting.


Swirl

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All the photographs this week were taken with the new full-frame camera I mentioned on Friday, so naturally I am trying out various things to see how the larger frame helps or hinders. The depth of field may be narrower than I am used to with a cropped sensor but for day to day shooting it probably makes no difference.


Outbursts (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were taken downtown a few blocks from where I live. A true urban environment. I found the shoots coming out of old trees a little surreal.


New Camera

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My favourite camera decided to retire unexpectedly. I decided to replace it wth an old model full frame camera, instead  of another cropped sensor camera. Apart from it being much heavier than any camera I have ever used, I have had to think more about depth of field as it is narrower than with a cropped sensor. So far so good, but it turned a spring flower shoot into a fall one I am sure it’s user error and I will need to repent.