Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Shadows

Probably the worst time of the year that you may decide to take a photo will be mid-day during the summer.  The sun will be high in the sky creating very flat, bland lighting.

Autumn and winter give the exact opposite. The sun will be low on the horizon, creating dramatic shadows and far more appealing landscapes. People’s faces, if posed correctly, will have far more appeal. 

Our mind is truly amazing, given a small amount of information in a flat two-dimensional image, it is able to recreate depth and perspective, you, as the photographer, must ensure this happens by using the existing light to its best effect.

It is often said that photographers look for ‘good lighting’. What we really ought to say is that photographers look for good shadows. For the parts of the image that we cannot see can be equally as important as the parts we can.

So now is the time to get the cold weather clothing on and to head out for a walk along our coastline. Observe the shadows being cast on the land from clouds, trees, buildings, they are equally as important to the overall scene.  Look at how waves appear more pronounced with the additional contrast created by this dramatic lighting.

And as a plus, with the clocks rolling back an hour and the days becoming shorter, we no longer have to get up at an unearthly hour to photograph the sunrise too.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Facebook Abstraction

As promised, the critique on the submissions. I awarded John first place for his shot of the yellow fibre optic lamp. This was interesting and captured the spirit of the project.  I guess the low light levels gave difficulty with the exposure; I would like to have seen the blacks boosted to give more contrast perhaps.

Michele’s drinking straws was captured well; an energy saver lamp placed to the rear gave a surreal glow.

Both Dorothy and Sarah entered photos of everyday objects. Cellophane when scrunched up reflects light at lots of various angles and can be used to good effect. Perhaps try this again, pulling back a little to get a sharper image, and try to use a source of coloured light to add to the effect. Tea bags were a novel idea; sometimes the most mundane of objects around the house can be used for inspiration. Technically both shots were out of focus – a limitation of the cameras I would guess. 

Steve’s capture of the corks was also a good one; the image was well composed and interesting.

So thanks to you all for giving it a go, I wanted to show that we sometimes take for granted the mundane and that it is not necessary to travel miles for inspiration, sometimes it can be found on your doorstep.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Paul-Clark-Photography-for-Thanet/167727298579?v=wall

Saturday, 16 October 2010

First Time Blogger

Well, here I am doing something I never considered I would do.  So - why I have I joined the great blogging community?  The past year has seen me receiving many emails from friends with photographic questions. Some are of a technical nature; others are more to do with style and composition. I thought it would be nice to share these questions and answers with my friends on Facebook. With the limitations of FB on text and layout I realised that the Blog seemed the way to go - so here I am.

Hopefully I will try to share some of my experiences here, and in doing so motivate those who wish to take better pictures in joining me in sharing their work.


For those of you with 'point and shoot' cameras, there is still a lot you can do with them. If enough were interested we could arrange a photo walk one Sunday. These are very popular amongst the photo community, allowing you to pick up some tips on using your camera whilst getting some exercise and a coffee along the way. Drop me a line if you would be interested in having some fun.