There is such a powerful element that comes from fog rolling over a hillside. Include a beautiful time of year, the tranquility of a lake and you now have a very surreal moment. I do not get that many opportunities to take these types of landscapes so when the moment arises I cannot resist taking out my camera. A beautiful landscape can evoke many emotions. This one in particular for me sets the mood of a quiet Sunday afternoon around a fireplace, sipping a great cup of coffee while enjoying a good novel.
Breathtaking is how I would describe a Dale Chihuly exhibit. Perhaps I should have been out enjoying the wonderful weather at the beach but instead I was roaming around the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts witnessing these works of art.
It’s been a while since I last posted on street photography. Not that I haven’t been out there shooting, I always have a camera on me. It may be a bit pesky to carry around a big digital SLR camera with you all the time but this is no excuse for not having a camera with you. Most of us have a phone that has a good quality camera but there are also really good small compact cameras these days. I just picked up a Fujifilm X20 and have been really impressed with the results. I’ve noticed many photographers are experimenting with these types of cameras and reporting back with amazing results. Trey Ratcliff, the HDR guru has been traveling around the world shooting bracketed shots with one of the new mirrorless systems from Sony (NEX-7) and it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference from the NEX-7 and his typical Nikon D800 shots. To see for yourself, check out his Sony NEX-7 review.
Whenever I travel and visit new places, of course with the camera in hand the main question is always “how will I take the photo differently than others?” In the case of hiking up a mountain in Arizona and taking photos of Cacti (yes plural for Cactus, had to look that one up), there are tons of photos like this so you have to challenge yourself to take a different perspective, something that first speaks to you but then for your viewers.
I just finished a fantastic workshop through Linda Rutenberg title the “Intimate Portrait” focusing on pulling out emotion and the inner beauty of your subjects. Photographing people is often a very challenging task, they could require a lot of direction, they could be very uncomfortable in front of the camera or you could get a natural and everything flows very well. All to say you need to be prepared and have a strategy in mind.
I was recently in Vienna, Austria roaming around with my camera looking for unique scenes. I find when it comes to travel photography I’m always trying to think of how I can take the photograph with a twist. Easier said than done…Anyone can take a photo of a sunrise that will look nice just given the rich colours and the landscape but what goes through your mind to make that photo a little different? Are you using a 70-200mm instead of a wide angle? Do you have an interesting foreground object changing the focus of the photo? Do you have a final processing in mind that will give the photo a little extra spice? There are many solutions to creating that unique photo and I find this challenge is what keeps many people engaged in the art.
It was fun being a fly on the wall shooting these two local musicians free styling in the park. They are both incredibly talented so I can’t wait to hear their first album together! In the meantime, for a taste of some great music you can check out Shaharah’s work at www.shaharah.com.