Landscape with Flare

We usually like our landscapes to be perfect.  Trees to be green, skies are blue, etc.  This time I try to process the photo so that the tones are cool, and there is heavy flare in the middle of the photo, giving it a little twist from the typical landscape photos.

I am actually very satisfied with the outcome.  A perfect sunset in Prague.

TL

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Alternate landscape photography

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!

TL

At the Beach… and afterwards

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!

TL

空間感

很多時候我們拍建築物的時候,也會把主體放在照片的中間位置,令建築物四平八穩的。但是有一些時候也可以把主體拍得小一點,留多一點空間令構圖變得特別。就像上面那幅鐘樓照,讓天空佔了大部分的畫面,令作品有呼吸的空間。

在構圖上作出大膽的嘗試,用不同的角度來拍相同的物件,可以達到不同的效果呢!

TL

多角度

近年來,隨著智能手機的普及,街頭攝影文化越來越濃厚。就像Johnny在之前的blog裡面也提及過用iPhone拍照的好處。其實在進行街頭拍攝的時候,除了要眼看四方,耳聽八方來留意身邊的人跟事物之外,也可以向上望多一點。因為不知道甚麼時候在天空裡會發現一些不平常的事物。就像上面我拍的一幅熱氣球一樣。多留意周圍的東西,增強自己的觀察力,這也是提升攝影技巧的方法。