Last week, I went out and photographed after our first big snow in West Michigan. I kept my pack light, taking just my Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II, 12-100mm f/4 PRO lens, NiSi 10-stop neutral density filter and a Vanguard Alta tripod. We received about five inches of snow overnight, and it was that wet snow — perfect for sticking on trees. I made my way east to the Fallasburg Bridge in Lowell, a suburb of my hometown Grand Rapids, Mich. I was amazed at the scene. While I had photographed the Fallasburg Bridge several times before, I had never … [Read more...] about Long exposure tricks: Use a low camera angle
One of the biggest "rules" out there in photography is to shoot level, shoot above, but never shoot someone from below. It's unflattering, distorting, and people will hate the photo you take of them from a low angle. Well, that's just plain horsepuckey. Photos at a low angle are often some of my favorite images. It's an instant way for me to minimize a chaotic (or ugly!) background. Stuck on a boring golf course? Get low! In a tourist trap (::cough, cough:: D.C. Monuments ::cough::) Get low! In a generic field with no real character? Get … [Read more...] about Get Low
Simple tip today: Try moving the camera height to get a different look with your photography. Whether I am photographing birds or babies, I often find that a low camera angle can have a stunning impact on the resulting image. In this case, I was near Sarasota Florida tracking a group of Roseate Spoonbills in breeding plumage. I could have made this shot from a beach, but the angle would have been a much higher camera angle. By getting down to the water level on a boat, I was able to make a much more dramatic image that pulls in the viewer by … [Read more...] about Try Lowering Your Camera Angle
Image and Post by When you see an interesting subject, you need to visualize how the subject will look from several different shooting positions and then pick the best vantage point. As you can see in the bottom image (poor composition with a boring foreground to boot), the name of the restaurant is partially hidden and I feel that the fun name is an important part of the scene. In the top photograph, you clearly see the name. Thats because I used a technique made famous by Ansel Adams, the most famous landscape photographer of all time. I … [Read more...] about Good Enough for Ansel? Good Enough For You!