Posts Tagged ‘art’

Photo Friday: Hitting Gold

July 29, 2016

I love dragonflies.  They are harmless to humans, and they eat mosquitos and black flies.  Dragonflies come in a variety of colors, and they make great photo subjects.

This week I was at Mill Creek park, shooting every dragonfly that would sit still long enough, when I saw something golden cross my path.  I went to where it landed, and saw a black dragonfly, with golden wings.  This was something I had never seen, so I started snapping.

After 10 good shots, I found one that was exceptionally clear, so I have chosen this as the photo of the week, and my favorite shot of the month.

Golden Wing Dragonfly

Photo Friday: Exposure Exposed

July 15, 2016

Photography, like any art, is not a series of rules.  It is a series of guidelines.  The biggest of these involves what is thought of as correct exposure.  Exposure is important, especially in documentation, however, using it creatively can have very interesting results.

Today’s  photo is such an example.  The intentional over exposure of the image gives the picture a dreamy appearance, while still being a beautiful photograph of a queen anne’s lace.

Dreamy Queen

Photo Friday:The Seeds of Beauty

May 13, 2016

This week I’ve been watching videos of National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones.  In them he talks about finding multiple right answers to any problem. He also talked about the fact that National Geographic will sift through 14,000 photographs to find thirty photos used in one article.  With that much dedication to finding the best of the best, it’s no wonder they are the top.

I’m not a National Geographic photographer, yet, but today’s photo stood out from many photographs, and I couldn’t resist giving it the top spot of the week.

Dandelion Seeds

Photo Friday: Photographic Exercise

December 11, 2015

The artist who does not practice his art, is not an artist.  This holds true in all arts, including photography, so I’ve been practicing my breathing, and pressing the shutter calmer, to help eliminate camera shake in low light situations.

I get out of my job at 3:30 in the morning, so I have no problem finding low light situations, and I can’t exactly bring my tripod to work with me.  Armed with only a Canon SX610HS, and nothing else, I knew I had to time my breathing with the shutter button release, just right, or I would get a blurry image.  I did get some blurry shots, but the last ones taken in each area came out much better.

Here, then, are my final results.

They are not perfect, but compared to what I started with, they are improving nicely.

Photo Fridays are back

November 6, 2015

I have been away for a while due to internet problems, and illness, but I am back to doing what I love; doing photography.  When I last posted, I had a Canon t3, and a cheap point and shoot, but in the time since I last posted I have acquired a Canon SX610HS for my Point and shoot, and; drum roll please; a Canon 7D Mark II.

I spent 39 years taking photographs, hoping that some day I would be able to live my passion for photography through the lens of a professional end camera.  I now have that opportunity, and I am going to use it for all I can.

In addition to the cameras, I now have Adobe Lightroom to process my raw files.  I have already used it and I love it.

Here, then, are two of the first photos of my new camera.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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Photo Friday: Shocking moments.

June 5, 2015

There are two types of photographs that I am obsessed with capturing, but as yet, have not caught the perfect moments.  These photographs are waterfalls, and lightning.  Lightning is easy enough to capture, as today’s photos show, but the shot I am after is a strike that spans the length of Portland.  I have seen many of these types of shots, but most, I have seen have proven to be composites of multiple frames.  The shot I want to capture needs to be done in one shot.

Today’s shots were taken during a recent storm through the area, and I took 399 shots to get these three.  I hope you enjoy.

lightning one

lightning two

lightning three

Photo Friday: Adding Drama with Clouds

May 1, 2015

Today’s picture is devoted to clouds.  Clouds can add drama, mood, and can help lead your eyes in a certain direction.  It can make an ordinary picture unique, and no matter how many times you take the same subject, you will never get the same picture thanks to clouds.  So, if you’re the type who waits for a sunny day to take out the camera, don’t.  You’ll get more interesting shots if you just include clouds.

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Photo Friday: Living by a Rocky Coast

March 20, 2015

The great thing about living in South Portland, Maine is the photo opportunities I get involving lighthouses, forest, ocean life, and my proximity to its rocky coastline.

Today’s picture was taken this morning, at Spring Point, which is one block from my house.  It is high tide, and the rocks disappear into the water.  For those who have never been here, this is a part of Willard beach, next to the Southern Maine Community College campus.

rocky coast

Photo Friday: Shadow Play

March 6, 2015

Today’s picture came courtesy of a sunset.  One of the biggest photo clichés is, of course, the sunset.  Everyone with a camera has hundreds of pictures, at least, of sunsets.  To be fair, no two sunsets are exactly the same (foregrounds, cloud formations)  all different.

In the case of today’s photo, I decided to show the beautiful effect the sunset was having on my surroundings, rather than the sun.  I still get the warm glow, and with the angle of the sun through my window, it created a perfect silhouette of the flowers on my entertainment center.

flowery shadow

Sometimes the sun is the only light source you will ever need.

Photo Friday: Can you tell the difference?

February 27, 2015

On today’s video, on my NaturallyPhotographic channel on YouTube,  I am talking about how good photographs come from the photographer, not the camera.

Digital Rev has a series of videos in which they give a professional photographer a really cheap camera, and have them take pictures with it.  The resulting photos are always good, proving that the photographer is the key to better pictures; not the camera.

When people come up with “bad” pictures, they try to justify it by saying, “Well, I do have a cheap camera.”  This leads many people to believe that when they see really good pictures, it must be a superior camera.

On this video, I showed four photographs I took.  Two were taken with an SLR camera, and the other two were taken with a point and shoot.  I asked people to leave it in the comments which is which.  I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Here are the photographs.

guitar man

unrelated twinshold

snowy winter

Here is the link to my latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDCtc0iKHI&feature=youtu.be