Looking for Simple

Morro Rock

Off and running with my Hasselblad, I’m looking for simple. My time in Morro Bay was far too short and the opportunities were sparse. Although the images I will present here will not win any awards, they are my first steps toward simple. Simple, quiet landscapes. This is why I bought the Hasselblad, to pursue something different from my street scenes.

What do I mean by a quiet landscape – I’m looking for forms and textures. These are not about processing and drama. These are not about big sweeping views. These are simple straight forward views of the quiet world around us. I’m looking to get intimate with this part of my work.

These are proofs which were taken with my Canon 5dmkII. I used the 5d to evaluate composition and exposure.

Montona d'Oro

Morro Bay Hills

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Using Light

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Every other month I present a Digital Composition Challenge to the Thousand Oaks Photo Group. This months challenge is Using Light with the objective to have the photographers think about light and how it is contributing to the image. The challenge is to make photographs where light and shadow are a major contributor to the image’s story, mood, emotion, and purpose.

First some basics. We know that all photography is about the capture of light, but some photographs rely on strong and angular lighting to tell the story and convey the mood. Some photographs are about the light itself.

When thinking about using light, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where is the light falling?
  • Why have you chosen to position the light (or position yourself to the light) at that angle?
  • What elements are lit?
  • What elements are show by shadow?
  • Can you see the light? (not just the reflectance of the light)
  • Are there significant elements created by by shadow?
  • Would changing your position to the light change the story or impact?
  • Would increasing or decreasing the amount of light change the story or impact?

Tips for Using Light

  • When outdoors – shoot during early morning or late afternoon when the low angle of the sun creates strong directional light
  • Experiment with back light and side light
  • Experiment with low-light situations with a small, yet, poignant use of light
  • If using flash – move the flash off the camera

I always showcase images of my own and others. Here is an album of images of mine and some links to other photographers.

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It’s still about the light

Boat Night In
Boat Night In by I Nancy, on Flickr

I was listening to Scott Bourne’s Photofocus podcast today and one of the questions went roughly like this: “When heading to a new place, how do you figure out where to shoot?”. And Scott’s answer, in typical Scott pithiness, was to follow the light – “In good light, you can take a picture of a fire hydrant in Barcelona and convince people to go there.”

So here is this old sad fishing boat in Morro Bay. The evening light was falling with just a few rays left to help highlight this ol ‘gal.