Feeling of depth 04

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The large leaf with the brightest green clearly dominates this image. The leaves in the background that are partially covered by other leaves create the feeling of depth in this image.

I photographed these leaves at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, CA. The Conservatory is the oldest building inside the Golden Gate Park and worth a visit anytime. It is a paradise for photographers.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Feeling of depth 01

This weeks exercises are about depth in an image. I challenge you to create image that shows maximum feeling of depth.In order to archive this you need to determine a foreground and a background that jumps into your eyes.If you create the composition in your mind consider that the foreground and the background could be an image in itself.

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In this images I use the rocks as my foreground, the lake itself serves as a “connector” between the rocks and the mountains. The mountains and blue skies are the background.

Enjoy and happy photographing

Light Studies 01

This weeks photographic exercises emphasise the usage of light. Take your camera and pick one lens that you use for all the shots. I picked my 85mm portrait lens and a 12mm extender because I wanted to shoot close-ups. The pick a f stop that you use for all your shots. I picked f2.8 because I wanted a very narrow depth of field. The use of a tripod is highly recommended to keep the camera stable. The pick a light source. I picked a small umbrella with a daylight (5600k) light bulb. You may choose any other light source even a flashlight. Then set up and focus your camera and take at least two shots. The only difference between the shots should be the direction of the light. Your subject can be anything in your house or apartment. Here is my first example:

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My subject is a knob of my wife’s drawer. As you can clearly see there is a very shallow depth of field and the light is coming from about 1o’clock.

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In the second example the light is coming from 11 o’clock giving the image a totally different feeling. All the settings are the same, only the light comes from a different direction.

Happy photographing and don’t forget “photography” means painting with light!

Dominance 05

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The dominant subject doe not necessarily be the largest part in the composition. This flower is dominant for two reasons:

1st: The yellow color distinct the subject from the rest of the image which is green. Yellow is also “lighter” than green and our eyes usually go to the lightest part of the photograph.

2nd: The yellow flower in in focus. I purposely chose a small f-stop to keep the subject in-focus and blow out the rest of the image.

Enjoy and happy Friday!