Monday, August 25, 2014

Week Thirty-four - "Deadhorse Scenic"

"Deadhorse Scenic"
My next shoot for 2013 was supposed to last for thirty-one days as I had planned to visit and shoot ten national parks and a few state facilities as well in the Southwest. As luck would have it, Congress decided to play, "baby brat" and shut down the parks about halfway through my trek!

For the next ten blog postings, I will be revisiting some of my favorite stops.

This is Deadhorse Canyon. The setting sun really lit up the canyon with deep shadows and brilliant colors. 

Weekly Photo Suggestion:

Find your style of photography and stick with it.
(If I had to characterize my style, it would have to include landscape photography)

 A Pearl of Wisdom. . .

Mosher's Law

It's better to retire too soon than too late.
(I can attest to the too soon part!)

Steven Wright's Witticisms
If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week Thirty-three - "Neck and Neck"

"Neck and Neck"
Just one week after being afloat, I found a terra firme event - a motor cross competition in Middleboro or Carver. For a good part of this Sunday, hundreds of cyclists ran in prelims and finals to take home the trophy and the points in this sanctioned circuit event. I managed to find several viewpoints to capture the activity without risking life and limb.

Weekly Photo Suggestion:

Consider giving the subject space to look into.  Place the subject on one side of the image and have them move into space (not the camera) towards the other side of the frame.

 A Pearl of Wisdom. . .

Quigley's Law of Highway Driving

When travelling down the freeway, the first bug to hit a clean windshield will always land directly in front of the driver's line of vision! 

Steven Wright's Witticisms
If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week Thirty-two - "Wing;s Neck Sunset"

"Wing's Neck Sunset"
The above scenic was waiting for me as I wrapped up my fourteenth shoot of 2013. The previous blog entry had just a hint of how impressive this sunset was going to be. Captain Carl managed to maneuver his boat so that we all had an excellent view of the lighthouse and the waters around it. In Photoshop, i completed what Mother Nature started by silhouetting the light house.

Weekly Photo Suggestion:

It is NOT “cheating” to use Photoshop

I have strong feelings about the importance of using digital image editing in my photography.  My photography is not news, my photography is art.  Just like a painter can put whatever she wants in a painting, I feel that I can do whatever I want to my photos in Photoshop as long as I don’t lie and tell people it is a representation of the actual scene. 

 A Pearl of Wisdom. . .

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong!

Steven Wright's Witticisms
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week Thirty-one - "Lead Racer"

"Lead Racer"
Shoot #14 for the year found me on the high seas, okay, it was Buzzard's Bay. It was still quite a distance from the shore. HDP Club member, Carl, offered to take small groups out on his boat throughout the summer months. He neglected to mention we had to row out to his motorboat and then make the transition on the high seas, er, Buzzard's Bay.

Several areas within this composition caught my attention - the sunset on the horizon, the angle of the sailboat and the swirling clouds. I only had a few seconds to analyze all of the aforementioned compositional qualities to get the shot. Did I mention this was taken on a rocking boat on the high seas?

 For me it all come together in this shot!

Weekly Photo Suggestion:

Photography is REALLY about . . .
Composition and light

 "Lead Racer" is proof positive that the shot comes about when the lighting and the compostition work hand in hand!

 A Pearl of Wisdom. . .

Runyon's Law
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet!

Steven Wright's Witticisms

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film (or an SD card).