Slinky 01

Since it is still January and winter in the northern part of the world I came up with another indoor exercise. I borrowed my son’s slinky and used all kinds of light sources and reflectors to photograph it. This is a very creative exercise and you can create great images with this one object.

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In this image I used regular window light and a gold reflector to create the “early morning sun” reflection.

As always, enjoy this exercise and be creative!

Shallow Depth of Field 02

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I used a 50mm prime lens at f1.8 to create this image. I wanted the fence to be in focus and the trees out of focus as much as possible.

This is a prime example that you can take great images with relatively inexpensive lenses. The Canon 50mm f1.8 lens used to cost only around $50.00 a few years ago. Now you can be lucky if you get it for about $100.00. This lens is very sharp and you can create great images with it. The great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson used a 50mm lens in almost all of his photographs!

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Shallow Depth of Field

In August of 2010 we exercised “Depth of Field” for a week creating images with a 3D feeling. This week I like to create images with a very shallow depth of field. This will create a blurred background and a very sharp subject.

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In this example below I was using a 85mm  portrait lens at f2.8. I could have photographed this cat at f2.0 which would have resulted in an even more blurred background and even shallower depth of field or I could have used f4.0 which would have given me more depth of field. I suggest you try several f stops and then decide which one pleases your eye the most.

As always, enjoy your photography!

PS: This young cat is ready for adoption. If you know a good home, please email me frgolz@yahoo.com

Bathroom 05

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The blue and red color contrast on a basically white background make this image. Each side fights for attention and therefor this image has two focal points. One of the key insights in composition techniques is: One focal point means “Dominance”, two focal points “Tension!”

Have a great week-end with you camera! 

Bathroom 04

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I turned my attention to the shower know and photographed it a few times. I looked at the images and did not like them. Then I used my spay bottle and sprayed water on it to make it look like right after someone took a shower and vola, I got the image I was looking for. Creating great images means: To prepare the subject, choose the proper background, know your camera to expose according to your vision and post process to refine the image!

Enjoy and happy image making!

Bathroom 03

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This is the toilet brush container and brush. This image could be easily seen as a cup, lid and straw. This makes it interesting to me. This images is also a so called high key picture, meaning that this image consists of more than 95% of white or near white colors. 

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Bathroom 02

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I photographed the shower head and the light reflection of our small window including the blue butterfly decal. Having two focal points means that they eyes are constantly wandering from one to the other meaning I created an image full of tension.

Enjoy and happy photographing!