A few weeks ago, I spent some time in Ireland with my family. One of the places that was on our list to check out was Kylemore Abbey, a former boarding school and castle in County Galway. There was a lake in front of it, and we had grand ideas of capturing the building with its reflection in the water; the mountains and trees surrounding it in the background. But as we pulled up, we noticed something was different. One of the wings of the building was surrounded by scaffolding. It was under construction. As bummed as we were, I knew … [Read more...] about Learning to See: Working Around the Iconic Vacation Shot
Category: Nature Photographer: Rob Dweck Title: Migration 3 With fast-moving animals, a wildlife photographer must make a conscious choice: freeze or blur. Freeze delivers tack sharp images; blur delivers abstract images. Both are powerful and evocative, but most photographers seem to choose freeze over blur. Dweck's photo illustrates why blur an equally valid, and often better, choice. Nothing says frenetic chaos quite like a great motion blur. Well executed, the animal is still recognizable but takes on an surreal, otherworldly … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Rob Dweck
A previous post on Photography's Basics: Shutter Speed, I promised a post on using long shutter speeds to make abstractions. When the world blurs together on a memory card or film magic happens. Thing we see in real life are reimagined when the shutter is open for a long time. Light streaks. Motion blurs. Water becomes glistening snowflakes or diamonds. Stretching time One of my absolute favorite things to play with in photography is a moving camera with an open shutter and colorful lights. This all started when I was shooting film. I would … [Read more...] about Long Exposures for Abstract Art
I'm not a humbug... let's just get that out of the way. But I find holiday lights pretty boring after a short while. Like every year, I find myself walking or driving through an exhibit of holiday lights with the family. The kids love it (and I love that they are happy). This time I even left all my pro camera gear at home and only had a lowly point and shoot in my pocket (it's actually my nine-year old son's camera). Recently, I taught him about light-painting and long-exposure photography. He loves it. While on our walk through the … [Read more...] about Abstracts Made with Holiday Lights
I recently bought a condo at Las Vegas City Center. I still have my house in Henderson but on nights when I want to hang out on the Strip it saves me the half hour drive home battling all the drunks on a weekend. While City Center certainly had a rough start the place is now a mecca of beauty and magic. Next door to my condo is Crystals. It's a very high end shopping center so I've been taking morning photo walks there to both familiarize myself with the area, get a little exercise and work my photo brain. I'm using nothing but my iPhone 4s … [Read more...] about One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure – Try To SEE Photos In Everyday Places
While in Alaska I was after eagles. I made thousands of eagle photographs. But I'm always keeping one eye open for something unique or special or just abstract. I love abstract photography. I play little games with myself wondering if people can guess what the object I'm shooting really is. In this case, I came upon the harbor at sunset. The light was hitting this extremely colorful, rainbow-colored boat and the reflection caught my eye. The above photograph is the result. Would you have recognized that as a boat sitting in the water? The … [Read more...] about Abstracts: Don’t Forget To Look For The Little Things Next Time You’re Out With Your Camera
Fall is a great time to make abstract images. The leaves changing colors are great subjects, wether you're shooting macro or telephoto. I have a trick that I use when making abstracts that some of you might find helpful. I find a pond near colorful trees. Then, I use a super-telephoto zoom lens...in the case of these three images, the Sigma 300-800 zoomed from anywhere between 300 and 500mm. Then, I toss a pebble into the water and look for ripples in the reflection. I zoom in on a cool pattern and fire away. I like to work at very small … [Read more...] about Shooting Abstracts – Fine Art or Just Plain Fun?