Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject.
This is probably one of my most favorite “themes” in my photography. I also had a lot more time this week to take a wider variety of photos on the theme.
I should have been at the agility trial watching Dolly earn her first MACH, but, instead, I was down in my back. However, the good news was, I was able to photo and enjoy Summer Sausage Weekend. We were happy to have Garland here for the first time in several years. What a great group of guys!
I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.
I really like this theme! Once again, we were busy traveling, but I did manage to get some nice, color flower photos in California!
I saw this poppy the evening before and made a plan to photo it when the morning sun hit it. The flower was brightened, and the background was darkened! Perfect for the theme without any post-processing.
I tried to shoot all the photos for this week without digital manipulation, but did do a radial filter on this shot to de-saturate the greenery around the flower.
Same color treatment with this photo.
Nice picture, but not as much color difference as I need for the theme.
Another nice picture, but not as much color difference as I need for the theme.
I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out. For sure it had color difference!
Abandoned and Forgotten were favorites in the past. Let’s revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.
This week was pretty busy for us with the school and all, but I managed to find three different “models” for this theme. I think I did the best with the old international truck. And, I think my favorite for the theme is the close-up of the headlight on the truck.
I went back and forth between the sunset on the NW side of the pier and the moonrise on the SE side of the pier.
We made it to Goleta just before sunset. Our hotel guy told us the best sunset position on a pier! So, we got the gear and headed to the pier and got some nice sunset photos!
We drove down to Goleta, CA, which is right next to Santa Barbara. I try and take some local livestock pictures for our powerpoint. These two were my best from the drive.
By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.
This is one my favorite techniques to make quite a unique photo. Fortunately we were traveling and so around “night lights.” Unfortunately, my cheap travel tripod was NOT up to the task! All these pictures were either handheld or braced on something! I was pretty proud of being able to get half-way decent photos like that!
This shot was a try at getting some distortion with a day-time shot on shot shutter speed with an ND filter.
The McDonalds across the street zoomed while the shutter was open.
We were staying at the Hollister Inn, so it was perfect that I try this technique on its sign!
Even though Richard and I have been to Santa Cruz several times, somehow we’ve missed this bit of the western coast where this lovely Natural Bridge is! So, here’s some pictures of it, the lighthouse, and also some surfers. Some of the pictures are also with a slow shutter speed to blur the waves.
Our first stop was our favorite beach just south of San Francisco, Bean Hollow State Beach. It’s also a free beach, so that’s another reason we like it!
First I tried using my new ND (dark) filter and slow shutter speeds to blur our the waves. Then I shot some more traditional shots. Thanks to Richard for the shot of me!