The sun was setting and the rays made a golden line on the sea. The fisherman’s boat met the golden line, highlighting the boat. On the other hand the bridge in the foreground becomes another straight line, linking the two lines is the horizon in the background, making it an inverted triangle composition.
Be aware of the “lines” in your frame, and you may be surprised by the simple shapes it makes; these shapes will help your composition significantly.
Its not an everyday scene to see fisherman at work, in particular that I live in a big city. The above photo was taken on a beach, with some parts which seems to be remaining of an old bridge. The fisherman’s boat was moving along and I managed to capture it. There is a modern ship in the background, and also high rise buildings further away.
This black and white photo showed the depth of field with the different shadow tones, and the fisherman’s boat is shown with a silhouette. Sometimes its not the clarity of your subject which matters, but its how you present the overall idea.
Another piece of assignment for the lighting techniques course for OUHK. The flash was aimed at the white wall behind the cup. I also placed two black clothes on both sides of the glass to get more accented outlines.
I admit that I am more of a natural light photographer I tend to minimize the use of flash. For me this course really encouraged me to shoot more with my flash guns (in this case one Canon 580 EXII was used), and experiment on different lighting techniques at home, a more systematic approach towards fill flash, gobos, reflectors, diffusers etc.
Its easy to get absorbed by beautiful scenery and will shoot a landscape shot. Usually we will use a rock, trees, boats etc to be our foreground when shooting at the seaside. for my last trip I saw this interesting scenery where a mother and her daughter holding hands on the beach which made an interesting foreground subject. The whole photo becomes a landscape/snapshot style frame.
Always try something different and practice your creativity!
I took a lot of photos along the beach in To Wo Sha last month. It was quite a fruitful photo trip with a friend. It was the first time I properly go out and shoot with my fish eye zoom (Canon EF8-15 f4L).
With the ultra wide angle and the intended distortions, composition becomes different from the norm when using a wide or a standard lens. More things will be captured and you need to be very careful to avoid or include things you want. Peripheral vision becomes necessary. It will come with a lot of practice, so shoot more.
For this blog I want to share some tips of taking care of your gear, rather than photo skills. Especially after a long day hot day at the beach, your lens and camera will be covered in salty moist air, and maybe some small sand blowing onto your precious class. If you did some lens changes there may also be some which went into the camera body. So you must remember to use your dust blower to clean your lens, the body with a dry cloth, and the sensor/mirror to make sure everything is kept properly, otherwise the salt and moisture will corrode your gear which can be rather costly. The gear should also be placed into a moisture controlled container. There are a lot of choices in the market, for simple seal plastic box with some dehydration packs, to electric ones which cost around HKD1000 (depending on volume). These will keep your camera dry and in top form, and is a must for anyone serious about photography. Go get one!
I just got a copy of the new Lightroom last week, and started using their new developing tools. At first I thought it is more of a renaming exercise, where the “recovery” bar is gone… yet after a while, I realise the changes made a lot of sense, and its much more intuitive to use.
The above photo was post-processed in LR only, reducing the highlights by almost -100 (this automatically did the recovery a la Lr3). Also I boosted the shadows by around 30. Added a graduated exposure filter for the sky, boosted the clarity and vibrance. This got me a slight HDR feel with high contrast and strong colours. Obviously the beautiful scenery of the New Swan Castle also helped.
Give it a go with the new Lightroom, you may actually like it over the existing version.