So much sunlight! Ideally it would have been nice to get some early morning and late evening shots. However I found myself mostly having to deal with high noon and a bit after that. Such interesting shapes and details in this prickly, dry but beautiful world.
A recent trip to Arizona provided an opportunity to experience a completely different landscape. I enjoyed the texture of this place; dry, scratchy and rough. Of course the sun and significantly warmer temperatures were a nice break from New England. There are always challenges when photographing in bright sunlight, but here it was interesting to notice the different hues captured depending on which direction I was facing. Also conditions changed quickly depending on cloud coverage, and distance or location. In the next post I’ll add my desert flora & fauna photos.
Can not resist the beauty of a strikingly blue sky, and a western bound sun, creating highlights and shadows on the emergence of new life.
Before the bitter cold of winter sets in I like to capture the delicate late afternoon light. It was a little colder than I would have liked because I waited until after Thanksgiving. However, I felt the trip provided a worthwhile study in color and light.
Notice how all these photos stay in a blue & yellow color range, reflecting the coolness of a northern beach yet the warmth of the afternoon sun. It appears to be a quiet, quaint area; however Summer photos would give the viewer a very different impression.
Subtle reflections of light create a warm and inviting feeling in a cold and dreary climate.
Found this contest/challenge on Canoe Communications recent post, thanks for sharing!
It was hard to choose which photos to post since I love water so much. This first one shows how water transforms it’s environment and creates beauty. Water is powerful and it’s affects my be subtle or extremely destructive, but I like to focus on it’s subtle creativity.
I always prefer using natural light or available light over flash, whenever possible. It helps to observe the light coming into a room, it’s source and angle, and how the light cast shadows or highlights your subject, before you take the photo. Outdoor light is often better in the morning or afternoon rather than midday. Experiment with light.
Old, decaying, dried up…but beautiful. Cycles of life, and new life springing forth from death are interesting subject matter for photographers and artists alike. Texture, shapes, light & dark and color variations are what attracted me to this old tree stump. What attracts you to the subjects you photograph?
One of the things I just love about Corel Photo-Paint is the endlessness of it’s creative potential. There seems to be an infinite number of effects, adjustments, and fine tuning that one can do to come up with a totally unique creation that no one else could possibly duplicate. I have always enjoyed using Photoshop in the past, but I find Corel to be far more open ended. (No one is paying me to say this, maybe they should.)
It’s like a playground for the mind, with endless playground equipment to keep making up new games. It’s like a dreamworld where you can soar to new heights in your creative abilities. All you need is time, a computer and the software.