Landscapes: Finding Beauty in Nature, Part 1, continued!

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The beauty of nature caught up in its vastness makes it a Landscape picture that needs capturing. When I decide I want to take landscape shots it helps to have some unusual subject matter in the foreground or background, or special lighting that makes the photo as memorable as the experience. When I am recording those images I utilize the lines that naturally exist on the horizon, tree lines, waters edges, field or buildings lines, etc., and even fence lines like in the picture to the right.  It helps to draw the viewers eye to a subject  that is interesting, or causes ones senses to take in the whole scene. That is what you usually want any way is to convey the experiences you felt, which when other view any artists work they may draw {and usually do} different feelings and emotions from the picture or scene than the artist, and other viewers.

I like the way Edger Callaert puts it*** “The factors that draw me most are when combinations exist – diverse elements in one scene, things that tie a place together and give it dimension – when things are more than the sum of their parts, when a bit of good luck adds to it all.”{quote: OutDoor Photographer; July 2011, Vol. 27 no6 “The More Things Change***” by writer William Saualich}. I do not really believe in luck -: A good eye, and taking the time to find the angle and/or perspective you need to give a picture an artistic photographic feel is how photographers get the most memorable and unusual shots. (Check out  Edger Callaert also quoted…”It’s the involvement, the concentrations on the surroundings, the getting away from the comfort zone of routine that makes all the difference. When it comes down to it, it’s being out in large, open impressive places that’s the real motivator.” Photography comes from that. “I live my life to explore,”…”so many places, so little time. You can’t spend the time and energy doing this unless a love of the outdoor life is what prompts it all. If there were no such thing as photography…, most of us would be out there anyway.” I had seen Ansel Adams pictures at the library when I was young and always noticed the textures, shadows, shapes and sky, and the way they all worked together to make the image special.



DSC_0546 (426x640)                                                                         The ways in which I take pictures and my influences by Ansel Adams are confirmed  in an article about photographer Jay Wesler in William Saualich’s article “Under the Big Sky” in the March 2011 {Vol.27 no2} issue of OutDoor Photographer. Jay Wesler said, in this article he was featured in, Ansel Adams influenced him with his “big skies”. In this article, too, are many other tips and how to’s, and philosophies  from Jay Wesler that I liked. His photographs shown in the magazine are pretty amazing, too.

To be continued.                                                                                                               

Photo’s by @tony ballas

DSC_0333 (2) (640x473)One day last week the fog was hovering around waterbodies, and moist areas so I had to get out and take some photographs. I figured when the fog lifted I could get some photo’s of the cacapon bridge. I set out not knowing a specific spot to try getting shots in the fog, or what awaited me on my way to Cacapon Bridge, West Virginia from Romney. I remembered a stream that flows next to an outbuilding right by the road. I stopped and took the photo’s from a small stream bridge allowing me to frame the picture with the stream flowing directly toward the camera, leading the eye toward the shed which was lit from side in front of the camera giving some of the foggy effect I was looking for. During the post processing I reduced the shadows and added a little brightness and contrast to add to the color. You can only add a little contrast or the picture will end up looking unnatural and totally edited. The main reason for using the contrast is to compensate for the dullness and washed out look caused by adding brightness to the image. The post processing was done using Microsoft Photo Live software, which is okay for beginners and the not so serious photographers looking to do some post editing to there pictures. I also added shapness to the photograph that is needed if you are going to print digital pictures, and it gives them a more detailed look. The more professional editing softwares, like Lightroom and Photoshop by Adobe, do a better job and give more sharpness control.

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The side lighting helped the fog show up some behind the barn, while giving the barn a rustic feel. It also gives the whole scene a lot of color ranges along with some shadows.

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