I cut a small branch of my peach tree and photographed it inside. I used two daylight bulbs that were diffused through an umbrella. I used a 4×5 camera that I connected to my DSLR. I was amazed that the old lens of my 4×5 camera is able to produce such a great image.
I was out to photograph the Presbyterian church and the light just was not right. I did not want to go home without any picture and started looking for a new subject. Just a block away I found the old Catholic church surrounded by beautiful clouds and a perfect soft evening light.
Photography is an art form and is open to both the whim of the artist as well as the interpretation of the viewer. While this is not your classic portrait or landscape I like the textures and shadows. Can you guess what this is?
This is the classic view of Yosemite Valley. If you go in by Hiway 120 or 140 you’ll miss it. It’s called the Tunnel Overlook on Hiway 41. If you take one of the other routes all you have to do is back track on Hiway 41 a few miles. It’s definitely worth the few minutes it takes. Everyone should have one of these in their portfolio.
Blurred pictures are usually a sign of poor photographic skills unless you create them on purpose. I photographed this mustard flower in my backyard and it looked okay. I used a black backdrop to create a “clean” background. When I looked at the images it looked perfectly executed and still I thought it was an average image. So I started to brain storm and came up with the idea to use a motion blur filter as an overlay and after a few “clicks” I got this picture which I like.
I am preparing a boot camp class on Photoshop in April. If you are interested, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As much as the rain is welcomed by the farmers in central California so are the clouds by the photographers. I recently started photographing architecture. I am looking for lines and structure. The random shape of clouds are a wonderful contrast to the planned shapes of a building. Another proof that the background is as important as the foreground and…. sometimes color gets into your way.
I admire this gentleman. He allowed me to publish this photo. The strobe is illuminating his head, but there is enough light left for the lower body. The wide angle lens prolongs his legs and creates this wonderful effect that tells a story: A little exercise goes a long way.
Everyone with a DSLR or any camera with a viewfinder, should occasionally check to make sure the viewfinder is adjusted to their eye. I wear glasses so this is especially important to me. If it’s not adjusted right when you manually focus on something the focus point will be incorrect. Here I was focusing on the 6 (upside down). This is shot at f5.6. You will note the shallow depth of field.
This photo on the other hand was shot at f18 with a longer shutter speed of .4 seconds, notice the depth of field is much greater, in fact the wall is almost in focus. So when you do the test use the largest aperture (smallest number) available to give the most accurate results.
I photographed this apple blossom (I believe it is an apple blossom) in Carmel, CA. Again, I created three images out of the raw image and combined them as a 32 bit hdr file. Then I edited the tonality and came up with this beauty. If you would like to know more about hdr photography, come to our next photo club meeting in Chowchilla. Go to www.passionforphotos.com for more information.