Who’s excited for summer??? Now that it’s getting warmer out (FINALLY…) I feel like I can look back on images from winter.
I had recently finished listening to an amazing audiobook by Robert Kiyosaki and it was fresh in my mind. One of his statements that really had an impact on me throughout the book was: “Life pushes all of us around. Some give up. Others fight. A few learn the lesson and move on. They welcome life pushing the…m around. To these few people, it means they need and want to learn something. They learn and move on. Most quit, and a few like you fight.”
This statement was particularly true on this day for two reasons. The first being that I was snowshoeing up to the top of this mountain with my 55lb camera bag on. About 3/4 of the way up after stopping every 10-15 feet to catch my breath, I thought to myself “I Sure hope the ambulance can get all the way up here when I have a heart attack”. However, it was the same state of mind displayed in that audiobook that told me “You’ve come this far… only to see what the view is like at 3/4??” That was enough to keep me trudging upward.
The second time that this statement popped back in my mind during this shoot was when I was all setup in what I thought was going to be the shot of the night. I had shot several frames on my panorama camera, but the light and the composition wasn’t really doing it for me. I left the camera and decided to walk around a little bit with the viewfinder to see if there was anything else that jumped out at me. Sure enough, I walked over here and looked through the viewfinder. About as quickly as I could get the viewfinder up to my face I was rushing back to my camera and flying over to that spot to set up and capture the view. I had just enough time to set the camera up, I readjusted all my settings and fire the release cable. I took one exposure at 2 minutes and by the time that was done the light had completely faded and night was upon me. I am so happy that I kept fighting and pushed my way up to the top for this scene. Hard work is always rewarded.
See you at the top!
“The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book” from Russian writer Ivan Turgenev is a quote that resonated with me as I have always been a visual person, and just love how one image can say so many things to a variety of different people.
In the past, photography was regarded as a mere craft. The works of a landscape photographer wouldn’t necessarily be regarded fine art regardless of the aesthetics of the images. It’s not worth losing sleep over how the layman chooses to label your art (and whether they regard you as snap-happy or a producer of fine art photography worthy of being framed next to the great fine art photographers); it is however worth bearing in mind these 3 tips to fine tune your landscapes.
Lines: Use Them Wisely
Make yourself into a landscape photographer worthy of a fine art collection by considering how your photograph leads the eye of your viewer – It’s a great way to use the natural landscape to lead the viewer to the focal point of the image.
Using straight lines to dissect a shot can create scale, depth and be a dramatic point of interest in an otherwise unassuming landscape. A horizontal leading line gives a feeling of calm, a vertical line a sense of strength, and utilizing diagonal or multiple lines can imbue a landscape with a real sense of dynamism. Consider what it is about the landscape you’re trying to capture, and use lines to amplify that essence.
Shutter Speed: The Ultimate Control
Speed is your friend in fine art photography, and I don’t mean leaving everyone in your wake at sports day. A sense of movement (or lack thereof) gives a landscape that little bit extra. A long shutter speed can be used to give a rushing waterfall that silky smooth look, give the stars a slow crawl across a night sky, or some kinetic energy to a babbling brook. Conversely, snap the shutter for a fraction of the time to capture a dramatic freeze frame of a tumultuous sea.
Turn around: Evaluate Your Surroundings and Go With the Flow
You’re a master of your equipment and have no issues with hopping out of bed at an ungodly hour to soak your lens with the rays from the golden hour – but something’s not quite right; something you can’t put your finger on is stopping you from hanging your work in a Fine Art Photography Gallery.
Try literally turning around. Sometimes a rigid plan can work against you, and despite researching the best possible viewing points the results are off somehow. A little on-the-fly exploration can go a long way, fuelling creativity and translating your new found sense of discovery into your images.
Fine art photographers will testify that capturing the emotion of a place is the key to producing a great landscape photograph, but identifying this element doesn’t make it any less elusive. Keep these tips in mind and your work could be adorning the walls of a Fine Art Photography Gallery sooner than you think.
When I first saw this location I knew immediately that the tide needed to be out, in order to expose these amazing seaweed covered rocks in the foreground and give the scene some depth. On the day I took this image the tide was still going out when I arrived. Just as the sun dropped below the horizon, the tide receded just enough to expose the shoreline in the foreground. The lighting was just perfect and the seaweed covered rocks were starting to shine. Now it was just down to the camera.
I barely had enough time to fire off a couple shots, and before I knew it quickly diminishing light had faded away and it was dark out.
Come visit me this week at and check out my prints. I will be at the BC Home & Garden show until sunday!!
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1. Click on the link below:
2. Pre purchase your tickets for the BC Home and Garden show at BC Place
3. Come check out some of my work.
4. While you are visiting fill out a draw form and enter to win the print.
I will have a few select images on display in the Art Wall section of the show. See you all there!!
Sometimes its just about the simplicity of things. We tend to over complicate everything in life, but sometimes simpler things are much more enjoyable. It was a warm dry air kind of day and there was a fresh taste of prairie dust in my mouth. I was on a mission this mid summer day to find an image that displayed the vast distance in the prairies.
I had a much different idea in mind, but this is proof that if you just get out there, and allow Mother Nature to take the lead she will show you her colours. I came across this field, and for some reason it spoke to me. I stopped and got my gear all set up for the sunset. I couldn’t imagine what I was about to witness.
The sun dropped behind the clouds, and I thought that the show was over, but then about 60 seconds later a small part of the the sky started to light up. Then before I new it, the entire sky was lit up like a fire. Everything started slow but once it was going strong it took quite some time to die down. It seemed to stay alive for an eternity.
This is a sunset that I will remember for the rest of my life.
It was a rainy overcast day, so naturally I am drawn towards waterfalls. This day I was out by Stave Lake off-roading with a buddy looking for waterfalls to shoot. We had found a couple earlier, however, the view and the light wasn’t quite right. It’s so true when they say that many of life’s failures occur when people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. I was just about ready to turn around and start heading home, however, I thought twice of it and figured I would see what was around the next corner.
And there it was! The exact scene I had been out searching for. I quickly raced to setup my camera and load up the film as the light, which was rapidly changing, was just right. I had just enough time to fire off two shots in that spot before the light diminished and completely changed the look. I knew I had it, and I could now go home satisfied. Patience and persistence always pays off.