Welcome to November’s Wandering Camera linky party. Thank you again for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos. I love seeing your photos and reading about them.
Just like the changing Autumn wind, October came to us with a myriad changes of weather. There were hot days with extremely low humidity. Then we had gusty storms which brought on colder winds and consecutive rainy days. Beautiful skies, leaves and flowers, warm colours and walks filled my days. The month ended with a weekend visit to beautiful Yosemite. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had with the camera. This month’s photos are a bit biased toward the outdoors.
I need your help with identifying a few flowers and seed pods. I put an asterisk beside the number. If you know what they are and let me know, I will be really grateful.
Here are my photos from the month of October –
1. Trail through the woods
2. Raindrops on rose-leaves
3. Autumnal dryness, but with the promise of rain
**4. Beautiful white strands
(I think it’s Common Sow Thistle seed puff, please let me know if I am wrong)
5. Mums in our garden
6. Dry but still brilliant red
7. Bow and arrow of sun rays
8. Amber leaves
9. Lake at the end of a hike
**10. A little star on the ground
**11. White blossoms
12. Backlit Ochre and Crimson
13. Setting Sun peeking through a tree
14. Storm clouds
15. Post-storm sky
16. Downpour in the park
17. Grey sky, framed by bare branches
18. Leaves turning into golden flowers
19. Red and orange stripes
**20. Yellow sparks
21. Outlet of a mountain stream
23. Green Pumpkins
24. Rain outside, fire inside
28. Cadmium Lemon on Indigo Blue
29. Autumn gold at Yosemite
30. A rainy day in the Yosemite Valley
31. Majestic El Capitan
As you can tell, I loved being out and about in October. I was playing around with composing photos with wide-angle shots as well as with zoomed-in subjects. On that note, I thought I’d talk a little about composition today.
Until today I mostly showed you different camera settings and how they affect your photos. While that is shared knowledge, composition is something extremely personal. Everyone sees and feels differently, and composition captures that experience. Here are a few basic tips that might make it a little easier for you at the beginning.
Close-up vs. wide-angle
This is the first thing you want to define when you are taking a photo. Sometimes, wide-angle shots end up adding a lot of noise without focus. If you find yourself in that situation, change to a few selective close-up detail shots. If the focused subject gets lost in the background noise, zoom in more.
Sometimes, offsetting the subject to one side of the picture instead of keeping it in the centre gives a sense of movement and provides interest.
For symmetrical subjects such as doors and windows however, keeping the focal point at the centre creates a balanced composition.
Symmetry In Landscape
I am going to keep this one real simple. Define if you want the photo to be cut in 1/2-s or 1/3-s.
For example – If you are taking a photo of the sea and the sky, you will want the horizon to go through the middle. So, you will be cutting the composition into 1/2-s.
If you add a set of mountains in between the sea and the sky, you want the picture to be cut into 1/3-s, with the sky taking 1/3, the mountains 1/3 and the sea 1/3.
These are guidelines. Change them around depending on what you want to emphasize. In photo No. 9 above, I decided to cut the photo into 1/2-s because the mid-day sky was very dull and I decided to focus more on the mountains and the water.
For landscape photography, have a focal or anchor point in the foreground. It can be a rock, a tree, a house, anything. Since photography is two-dimensional, this also provides depth.
Try to avoid extreme dark and light areas in the same photo unless you are doing that by design.
Remember that these are just suggestions, they are not cut in stone. All of these tips are the result of my experimentation. Depending on the situation I quite often may not even follow them myself. I also often hear “what can you possibly see in there??” I have always strongly urged you to experiment with your own photography. See for yourself!
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