Archive for April, 2015

High Angle — Low Angle

Posted: April 27, 2015 in Cameras, Lenses, Photography

This is not rocket surgery folks. If you want a clean background and/or you are a SWA addict (why can’t I resist that 16mm!) you need to think about getting high or getting low.  Here are my two examples from Earth Day activities at Forest Park in St. Louis.
Earth day

Earth day

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Bridget

Bridget, a charming and talented photographer, had a photo exhibit at “Create Space” here in University City and we started comparing notes on what makes a “keeper.”  Bridget’s example was a dance she photographed in Turkey — low light, movement, and muddled colors. She was ready to give it up, but she admits to a weakness — seeing if a bad situation can be salvaged by a black and white conversion. She uses iPhoto (now Photos) to up the contrast and increase the definition. Her experience reminded me of a technique I read about–visualizing by setting your LCD to “monochrome” in playback. This can be easily done (in Nikon land) by going to the “set picture control” menu.  Warning, you will have only a black and white picture if you shoot JPEG.  However, if you shoot RAW, all the camera sensor capture info is still there — in full color or in glorious black and white.

Delmar

One of the delights of being a freelancer is the lack of clock-punching. The other morning I was up at five and had the urge to hit the street. Spring in St. Louis brings rain and between downpours I took the tripod out for an outing. Wet weather is great for photography – even the concrete ‘pops.’  I was trying a little HDR here – got three bracketed frames and the scene was spoiled (a huge delievery turck pulled up) before I could recompose and then one minute later the rain came back with a vengeance.  Wait — is that thunder I hear — got to get back to the street!