Here’s a bunch of simple ideas from photographer Mark Hamblin which will help you make beautiful impressionistic images from very simple double exposures.
For example, set up a scene, set your camera to take a double exposure, take the first photo, slightly de-focus your camera and take the second photo. Why not give it a try?
If we look at a landscape photo and the horizon isn’t level. it almost immediately and uncomfortably catches our eye and distracts us from appreciating the subject.
As photographers, it is important then that we make sure our photos are level. Many cameras have a built-in level, or you can use a bubble level on your tripod. Or you can correct an off-kilter image in post-processing. Easy eh?
Well, not quite so fast as this article from Photography Life shows.
Not everyone likes Facebook. In fact, although hundreds of millions of people around the world are members, there are other substantial numbers who abhor social media, including Facebook, and want no part of it. Nevertheless, bear with me.
Landscapes Canada is a Facebook group which, as it name makes obvious, is devoted to showing Canadian landscape photographs taken by its members.
Why look at it?
Well, first, it shows some stunningly beautiful places in our country, many of them worth a visit. But it also shows how ordinary landscapes, such as your neighbourhood, can be the subject of excellent landscape photos.
Second, it features many fine Canadian photographers, which is inspiring in itself.
So, if you have an interest in landscape photography check out the link.
If you had trouble following the link in the last post, you weren’t alone! The difficulty has been fixed and you can see the post here
Here’s an interesting exercise: find similar coincidental compositions in your environment. You’ll never look at the world the same again!
You can read all about it here.
From CBS News Sunday Morning, here’s a video which every photographer should watch simply for its message.
Eakin Creek Canyon Provincial Park – ©Derek Chambers
On Sunday, October 22, 2017 anyone interested is invited to come along as we do a Photo Outing to Eakin Creek Canyon Provincial Park. We will congregate at the Lac des Roches viewpoint for an 0900 departure. Or you can meet us at the Eakin Creek parking area (when travelling west from Little Fort, it is the pull out just after the bridge over Lemieux Creek) at 0930. We will spend a few hours photographing this beautiful creek upstream along the stretch from its intersection with the Telus the right-of-way to the waterfall.
To get ready for the Photo Outing, take a moment to watch this video. It will show you why you should bring a polarizer, a macro lens, a flashlight (or small LED light), and a reflector (I will have a reflector for you to use if you don’t have one). Lets hope it’s a gray day! Whatever the weather, the outing will go forward, so dress appropriately (yes Mum ).
If you have any questions or comments be sure to come to our next BLPG meeting on Thursday, October 19 where we will settle on the final details.
Hankering after a new, better, more powerful, bells-and-whistles festooned camera? Better read this first.
Early notice of a BLPG meeting, Thursday, September 21 at the Interlakes Community Centre (aka Roe Lake Hall). More info to come …
Lush – © Larry Citra
Alright photographers – here’s your assignment for July and August: take some multiple exposure photographs.
Some of you have cameras which limit you to only two images appearing in an in-camera multiple exposure. Others have cameras which allow from two to ten photos to be stacked into a single multiple exposure. It doesn’t matter which type of camera you have – all can be used creatively to make interesting multiple exposures. You need to work at it though. Like everything in photography, you can’t just step outside and snap off masterpieces!
Here’s a few things you might want to try as you experiment:
- choose a scene which has contrasting light and dark or contrasting colour; take your first photo. Now overlay it with another photo which puts light over the dark of the first, or a different colour over one of the colours in the first.
- set your camera up for the maximum number of photos it allows in a multiple exposure and for a fast continuous shutter; point it at a subject, and:
- rotate the camera while holding the shutter button down (you can rotate the camera around the center point of the scene in the viewfinder or, you can try rotating the camera around a point near one of the corners of the scene in the viewfinder); or,
- zoom the lens while holding the shutter button down; or,
- jiggle the camera a little bit while holding the shutter button down; or,
- run towards the subject while holding the shutter button down; or,
- swing yourself around, pointing the camera at an angle, while holding the shutter button down; or,
- get into a grove of trees, point the camera straight up and spin around while holding the shutter button down (go on, do it! who cares what the neighbours might think?).
- Take a long shot of your subject. Now take a close up.
- Take a silhouette shot (place your subject in shade against a bright background and reduce the exposure so the subject is dark, but the background is correctly exposed); now take a shot of some lighter flowers.
Carpet of Thyme – ©Derek Chambers
2011 Canada Summer Games – Halifax – ©Derek Chambers
Kubota – ©Derek Chambers
Snow in Summer – ©Derek Chambers
The Red Poppy – ©Derek Chambers
The Path Through The Woods – ©Derek Chambers
Peony – ©Derek Chambers
2017_May_31__DSC2567_00475 – ©L Citra
Peony – ©Derek Chambers
New photos continue to be added to the BLPG website.
Since we meet twice a month where, among other things, we view 30 or 40 new photos submitted by members, and since those photos are added to our website, there are always new treasures to see.
In the past little while some of us have gone to the Ancient Forest, Mount Robson, waterfalls, Bella Coola, Farwell Canyon, Victoria and other parts of the world. Travelers bring back photos for our viewing pleasure. And for yours.
Why not take a peek?
Here’s an article about a photo exhibition in Colfax, WA which is interesting reading for those familiar with the Palouse area of south eastern Washington state.
Hidden in the article is the suggestion that playing with the colour channels of multiple exposures of the same scene can bring out some wonderful looks. The photos of Tom Mohr certainly demonstrate that. The highly edited photographs are made to represent exquisite paintings.
You can see more about Mohr by doing a Google search for “Tom Mohr Palouse” and looking at the Images.