Continuing my series on basic composition this week with three more additions to the existing 9 tutorials. This week it is the turn of 'Reflections' 'Composing with Colour' and 'Creating Depth' . As always the additions are kept basic, simple and easy to understand. No single tutorial section will make your images 'great' overnight, but knowledge of each section and the part it plays in composition will soon advance your skills a little further and move your images forward, that's all we can hope for as we chase continual improvement in our images. The whole series can be found on the ' Photographic Composition' page under the 'Tips & More' section of the site which you can find with the links provided or using the tabs above. This addition takes me to 12 tutorials on the topic and I still feel there are at least another 7 or 8 basics, so please keep returning and I'll keep posting additions as times allows.
I've been shooting in Santa Monica California this week and it was awesome. The weather was the usual Californian sunshine with the exception of one rainy day which, at this time of year, is to be expected. The break from the prolonged Canadian winter was very welcome and the images flowed freely as I explored the coast between Malibu and Venice. I've got some work to do on post processing now but thought I would share a shot from my first night. I had been down on the beach with the 10 stop ND filter shooting sunset images then, as I made my way back to the pier, I stopped for a couple of shots.
I think the image below captures the light nicely, Pacific Park (the fairground on the pier) brings a plethora of colours to the left of frame and a nice reflection in the mirrored sand of the outgoing waves. The string of lights along the pier then leads us along to the very last of sunset visible on the far right of shot, all in all a very pleasing image from the first day walkabout and well worth sharing.
The third installment of my series on photographic composition continues this week with three more posts covering, 'patterns', 'symmetry' and 'seeing the light'. The series now has 9 components (I expect at least as many again before it is complete). It is important to note that no single aspect will lead to a step change in your image making, but an overall understanding in the many aspects of composition will greatly improve your images. You can click this link to go to the composition page or find a permanent link in the Tips & More section of this site.
I went into Calgary yesterday for dinner at the home of a good friend. We had spoken on the phone about taking a walk in the local area with the camera before dinner, so I took along some gear in anticipation. As the snow is still very thick on the ground and landscapes were going to be few and far between in the city, I opted for the 100-400 mm telephoto. My friend had told me of an eagle or two in the area so I hedged my bets with the long lens. Sure enough, as we walked a trail by the river a beautiful juvenile Bald Eagle flew by, he was fast but I managed to get the settings sorted and burst off a few shots from distance. Given the circumstances I was pleased with the outcome and thought I'd share a single image and one where I've placed 4 shots onto one for ease of posting. There are signs of warming at last and I'm fast moving into 'spring' mode ready to chase those mountain landscapes again.
Last week I posted the first three sections of my composition tips, and as it has been a slow week photographically I wrote up another 3 sections this week covering 'In Shot Framing' 'Aperture in Composition' and 'Filling the Frame' . I am still of the mind that this basic series will have something like 20 sections in total, as of now there are 6 but I will continue to grow the series as time allows. Each section is explained individually so as not to confuse any issues but ultimately they should all be considered when planning your shot. You can click here to go directly to the composition page or locate it through the tips and more section in the tabs above.
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