Change the Vision

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I love Fall.  The colors are stunning.  Though I do find it difficult to capture.

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This season, I decided to challenge myself and shoot ‘out of the box’.   It appears experts are always looking for something new and different.  It doesn’t even matter what the field.  Something edgy that hasn’t been done before often ‘wins’ over tried-and-true.

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I’m happy to learn techniques, composition, and style that I can apply and repeat.  But I suppose that one could argue that such a philosophy can yield predictability and common-place results.

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I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.  That’s for the eye of the beholder… and the end user to decide.

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Mood lighting

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As I continue to improve my photography, I think about what that means.  It’s all about the light – dawn & dusk, we are so often told.

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It’s complicated though.  Light is bright and shadows are dark, how does one even them out and still add emotion, mood, and interest?

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Light is the master of depth.  We need light to make our ‘hero’ shine, or our supporting cast fade into the background.  In this way we can isolate our subject so we know what (or who) it is.

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Fog and smoke provide a fantastic mood factor, allowing us to separate the foreground from the background.  While our controlled burns up north can be dreary to look at… they can also make for some very moody exciting pix.

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Light rays illuminate and become visible through the smoke or fog in the air, distinguishing different elements of the life in the forest.

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The fog creates a diffusion through the harsh light, from which comes clarity.

Sun Burst

Maybe you knew this… but I recently learned it, so I thought I’d share.

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Somehow, I assumed those sunburst photos I saw in magazines were Photoshop’d.  I thought they had some filter or plug-in that they applied to a sun to give it that starburst effect.

Not so!  Set your aperture on f/11 or f/16 and point at the sun.  (I know, we were all taught not to point at the sun… someone’s been keeping this cool trick from us!).  Hide the sun behind a piece of tree to obstruct the full blast of the sun, and move around until you see the starburst.  Click!

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