Photo composition

Holland Day 1: Working on New Images for My Creative Photographic Composition Project


As I mentioned last week here on the blog, I am starting a new project on photographic composition. The project will include more than 101 images that illustrate virtually every composition technique – including shooting down low, as illustrate in the opening HDR image for this post.

Working with shadows is another cool composition technique. :-)

Below is another new image for my composition project. Tip #1: the background is just as important as the foreground. In fact, you can't have one without the other. Tip #2: Separate (or isolate) the elements in a scene to make them stand out in your photograph.


Hey! Many artist worked here and are working here. So, feeling kinda artistic, I added an artist effect to the image above: Curly Smooth in Topaz Adjust Clean 3. For info on Topaz and other creative plug-ins, click here.

If you want to be updated on my composition project, shoot me an email.

More to come from the trip.

Explore the light,
Rick

Look Into Pictures, Not Just At Them


Those of you who follow this blog know that Dr. Richard Zakia, former RIT professor, is one of my all time favorite photo gurus. We send each other pictures. We talk about looking into  pictures - and not just looking at them. Big difference. 


Think about it . . . and look into your own pictures.


Recently, Dick sent me the opening picture for this blog post and wrote . . .


What intrigues me about this photo is my experience in taking it. I could not tell from the distance whether it was a painted wall intended to fool the eye or not. So I decided to photograph it.
As you look at it in this photograph, can't you tell whether the wall it is painted, or actually plastered to give it an aged look. I find the photograph to be ambiguous. It challenges the viewer not to just look and dismiss it, but to look and study it and try to determine if it is just a painted wall that we have seen variations of or not. It invites one to spend time with the photograph and hopefully other photographs.
What is your take on the photograph? Is the wall painted? Post your answer here.
Dr. Richard Zakia, a.k.a. Dick, is the co-author, along with David Page, of Photographic Composition: A Visual Guide. These two dudes are also two of my favorite people. 

"A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into." - Ansel Adams

Explore the light, 
Rick