Posts tagged “Photography (2)

Why No. 2

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Photography allows me to show others what I see and how I see it. Not quite a statement about my world, but a sense of what interests me, what motivates me.


Why Am I a Photographer?

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I’ll start by saying it’s been years since I made a buck on my photography and frankly that is a good thing. Being an an amateur frees me up to do things my way, shoot what I want to shoot etc. “Why, am I photographer” is the question of the week.

 


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.


Discards

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Discards or a feature in the garden. Who knows, I was just walking by.


ODD No.2

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This is a recently refurbished building. The one thing they did not fix was the out of place pillar. However, it does add to the surreal nature of modern buildings.


Not a Real Rabbit

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I am fond of rabbits. I have come across them in the wild and they make for great photography. When I saw this effigy of a rabbit it made me smile.

 


Human Reflection

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I like working with reflections but it is rare to include people in my compositions. There is an exception to everything.


Symmetry

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Architecture often has a strong symmetrical element, sometimes complicated by neighbouring buildings. This downtown courtyard catches my eye every time I pass, quiet in the midst of chaos.


ODD

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It was an odd piece of art on the edge of a building, so I took an odd approach with a dutch tilt.


The Subject

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Regardless of any other element of the photo, a viewer should not have to guess the subject. Limited depth of field is the best tool to avoid confusion.


That Background

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It is clear that backgrounds are very important. We don’t want them to distract. However, an oddity in a background can be support for the foreground. Depending on your own tastes the tilt of the wall could be an example.


In Your Face

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I have read that centering a subject, highlighting it by composition is a prescription for a dull and unworthy photo. Nonsense.


Shape as Subject

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The brief time it takes to determine the subject is also the time the mind is focusing on shape and other clues. Creating a photo where the only clues are shapes, helps engage an audience.


Lighting and Focus

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It should be no surprise that light also helps focus attention on a subject. Anomalies in lighting, like the partially lit flower in this photo, can subconsciously engage the audience.


Imperfections

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Life goes on with all it flaws, perfection is relatively rare. I think that sometimes it can be the enemy of our best efforts in photography, as in all things.


Focus

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Depth of field permits us to choose what we want to be in focus. It’s a judgement call. The decision is also part of every photographer’s style.


Gull

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This bird captures that look that many of the gulls I see have – mean, narrow eyed, like some nasty manager in a big box store, but I digress.


Cormorant

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Cormorants tend be far out on the water when sunning themselves, or flying faster than I can capture them. At 500mm it is still a stretch to get a shot like this, but the Nikon 200-500 5.6 is a brilliant lens.


Colour Again

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It’s choice to work in colour or black and white. This Downy Woodpecker has bright white feathers and sometimes depending on the background, better in colour than black and white.


Not Everything is Black and White

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This photograph was complete happenstance. A relatively large bird, the green heron was moving fast and stopped for just an instant so I could get this portrait with its wonderful colour.


Attitude

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 I find it amusing when some small and relatively harmless animal just tries to stare me down.


Standing Out

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This great blue heron was walking on the lawn beside the path towards me. I just waited until he was parallel to the path and hedge. The black and white shows how easy it would have been to just to walk by and miss this four foot bird if one was not observant.

 


Learning to be a Duck

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This is one of about fifteen shots of the same ducks, they swam past and I kept shooting until they lined up just perfectly and I got the shot I was after.


Flowers No. 7

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Depending on your point of view one of joys of flowers is that they attract insects. While this is a flower photo, had I had any of my close up gear, the insects would have had their day on film.