Friday, June 19, 2015

Finding Blue

Sometimes when I walk, I choose one color to photograph. On this day, it was the color blue. I purposely arranged these berries in my favorite still life way with empty space to the left. It follows the rule of thirds by arranging the subject on one of the thirds lines. I like the bits of bocah in the background.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I've been taking an online class with Kim Klassen on Still Life photography. Her woks is amazing and soft and textural. She very generously gives away many textures. I think my favorite still life style remains a single subject with a certain amount of white space. Here is this weeks do.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tips for Good Photography

An email dropped into my inbox a few weeks back. It was from Emil Pakarklis and was titled Seven Tips for Taking Good IPhone Photos. I listened to the video and thought Emil presented some good sound basic ideas for photos shot with any camera. An opportunity to try some of these techniques occurred while waiting to start the next golf hole. That's the beauty of the IPhone. It's always with you.

Tip One: know what your subject is. Ever photo, even landscape photos, need a subject.
Three more; silhouette, shadow or reflect the subject.

In this first one, my intended subject is the sky and not the trees. But absent the trees, the sky would not be as compelling. Silhouetting the trees offers their structure but eliminates their detail.

In this image, the large tree and waterfall is the subject. It is enhanced in several ways. First, it is in the center of the image. (I ignored the rule of thirds) Second, it is reflected in the water. Third it is surrounded by a backdrop of similar trees (repetition and depth).

And finally, what makes this image so compelling is the way the sky provides a frame.
The colors were enhanced using Snapspeed and Distressed FX apps.