Gloucester, Perfect Storm

Technical: Nikon D90, 1/200 sec, f14, focal length 200

I believe this is the lighthouse from the movie of the same name. Susan got out of the box and racked out to 200mm on the zoom. Still too far away, huh? The image at this distance is a challenge to compose. This is where you crop and take your chances. I would play with contrast and saturation. And then it looks like a good shot to make panoramic. The waves in the foreground are not strong enough to keep. Get a little more punch in the sky and pull in the lighthouse and the boats more. Thanks for sending me this shot. You know I have a soft spot for lighthouses.


9/11 Memorial II

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/200 sec, f 22, focal length 10

Perspective and wide angle are once again in play in this image Cousin David shot. The crane is the object of interest because it’s different from the surrounding buildings. It leads you to the center of the image. The surrounding buildings support this concept. The image works. David was obviously struck by this graphical play of converging lines. It’s good.

9/11 Memorial I

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/125 sec, f 14, focal length 10

Cousin David shot a series at the 9/11 Memorial. This photo ties in with his shot of the UN. It is another wide angle shot. Notice that the perspective lines are dealt with in a different fashion. He has used the foreground to great advantage. The diverging lines are pleasing. The low camera angle keeps the distortion at the edges and curved perspective lines to a minimum. Looking at the edges you can see the buildings leaning inward. But this is not really disturbing. And the diverging lines from the center as well as the reflection of the buildings, makes this a very pleasing image.


Fossil Rock


Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/320 sec, f11, ISO 200, focal length 18mm, no flash

Oh, I like this. Yup, it looks like a dog. The cropping is great. He looks like he is guarding the path up the mountain. Exposure is good. Depth of field is good. The brightness of the dog draws your eye right there. I might have played with the saturation a little in post process to see if it would pop the hills a little. You could also try a polarizing filter to pop the sky. I usually don’t have one on the camera, but it’s something to think about.

Bench and Vista

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/125 sec, f13, ISO 200, focal length 18mm, no flash

This is not too interesting because it’s been done many times. Generic. We see isolated subjects – this could be a tree or another inanimate object. Sue sitting on the bench looking over the vista, that’s another picture all together. I could visualize her there sitting in the middle of the bench. Here’s where a person would have added interest. The sky is overexposed and the haze takes away the houses and landscape in the valley. The brown foreground is dull. I have been looking back to the 1970’s among my old slides. I have a lot of these same pictures. Boy, was I terribly bad! Overexposed, bad composition and so many other mistakes I made. Today, I would not have shot this image without making some adjustments. I inwardly and silently comment to myself, “It’s not a picture, yet.” I go about seeking what it was that caught my eye in the first place. And then I try to capture that moment. One last thing, I want to comment on horizon. Level? Yes. But it is said that your horizon line in the center of the frame is static. That said, move the horizon line accordingly – up or down – depending on the interest in the image. If the sky is not interesting, show less sky.