Archives for the month of: August, 2014

IMG_1790 IMG_1781IMG_1787Stained glass has always been one of my favorite types of artwork. These are some details of larger pieces in the sanctuary of Indian Creek Christian Church in Cynthiana.   They were taken on AV setting at F8. There was plenty of light, so my shutter speed was fairly fast. The windows are quite tall, so for some of them I held the camera up above my head and pushed the shutter. Some of them turned out great…some not so much. Thank goodness for digital. 🙂 IMG_1791IMG_1786IMG_1783IMG_1784



Farm equipment
Hides a secret weapon
Ninja tractor


Many times a blah shot can be made more presentable by manipulating the color. The subject of the photo above, the manure spreader, blended in with its surroundings, even though it was rust colored and the grass was green. The early morning sun had added a lot of yellow to everything.
I opened the photo in Elements 12, I went to Enhance – Adjust Color – Adjust Hue/Saturation, to completely remove the yellow from the picture. As a result, the rust color on the spreader is highlighted along with a few of the flowers in the foreground.

This photo was too dark all over. I decided I wanted to highlight the sun rising on the field. To do so, I followed the same path and removed the blue from the picture. Once the blue was taken out of the field, it appeared yellow. Removing the blue from the rest of the picture didn’t have much affect because all the other colors were so saturated, together they still appear nearly black.

One of the lessons I teach in my photography classes is on how to properly photograph a landscape. When I ask my students “What is a landscape?”, they usually describe an image similar to the one below, containing a subject element, some ground and some sky.
That is not incorrect. It is simply inconclusive.


The image below is another example of landscape photography. There is no sky, no large element, but flowers are part of the landscape, after all, and make a nice respite from sweeping images of a large scene. I like to make diptych or triptych groupings of a specific area showing closeups as well as large scale photos.


One thing to pay close attention to in landscape photography is your depth of field. If you set your camera to the landscape setting (the one that looks like mountains), you will be allowing your camera to set a high F stop, which will give you unlimited depth of field, fine if that is what you want, like the photo below. However, as I talked about in this post earlier, sometimes limiting your DOF makes a better image.


If you opt for a more creative landscape, you can set your camera on aperture priority (AV), and lower your F stop number. Then turn off the auto focus, so you can control what is in focus in the shot.
If you are shooting in relative brightness, the shutter speed set by the camera should be fast enough that you won’t need a tripod.




In an earlier post, I told how to achieve an abstract blur using slow shutter speed. This post I entitled impressionist blur because these examples remind me of a Monet painting.
I achieve the look above, I simply turned off my auto focus, set my camera on aperture priority (AV) at F-18, intentionally made everything out of focus and took the picture.


For this shot, I wanted a slow shutter speed, so on manual setting (M), I turned the ISO to 100 and the F- stop to 22. These two factors caused the shutter to require a long opening to take the picture. I mounted the camera on a tripod and focused out as far as possible using manual focus. After I pressed the shutter release, I immediately turned the focal ring while the shutter was opened.
It makes it appear as if the flowers are moving away from you backwards.






Back when I first became a photographer, light leaks were considered a bad thing. We mounted large hoods on the lens of our camera to prevent solar flare from ruining our shots.
Boy, how things have changed. One cannot stroll Pinterest photography boards without seeing photos with light leaks, sun spots and lens flare streaks. They can be pretty when used carefully.


These photos were all shot late in the day with the sun just outside the frame. A nice golden glow lights the picture and the sun, just off to to top, created streaks in the bottom shot and circles in the top. The shape of the lens flare depends on the angle at which the harsh light is entering the lens.


The photo below was taken on a larger scale, however the sun off to the left still created a light leak that looks good.
Set ups like these are great for portraits. Just remember to have an additional source of light to cast on the subjects face, so it won’t get lost in shadows. A reflector works nicely for this.



Leaves caught in midair
A whisper of madness
Or a ghost in the woods?



Post two of where I come from
Another favorite stop of mine is the Kentucky Horse Park, located between Lexington and Georgetown.


If you like horses of all breeds, this is where you need to come.


There are hundreds of opportunities to take great pictures just driving the campus. There are regular attractions and museums, as well as yearly events.


The Horse Park has hosted the World Equestrian Games in the past. For more information, a schedule of events and directions, check out the website.

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