Instagram #Frame

Whilst awaiting to embark on my Final Major Project which begins next month, I have still been posting images onto my Instagram page with the Hashtag #Frame.

Soon we will will be given another keyword (hashtag) and uploading new images. Here is a selection of the images that I have uploaded:

All images © Richard Brochu-Williams

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Images can be viewed at brochuwilliamsphotography on Instagram

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Satellite Photography

I found this satellite imagery whilst browsing online. Whilst they are not something that I can yet try and recreate (due to not owning a plane or knowing anyone that does), the images are inspiring and have a real abstract and art like quality to them. In my opinion this is a great way to photograph the landscape and enables us to view the world from a new vantage point. I find these images to be a real work of art.

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Satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe, Overviews captured on Apple Maps

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Fishing Nets. Quanzhou, China.

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Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain

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Lebrija 1 Solar Power Plant, Sevilla, Spain

More of these types of images can be viewed on the websites listed under the references.

References

Daily Overview, (2014). LOOK DOWN. [online] Available at: http://www.overv.eu [Accessed 30 Apr. 2014].

Digitalglobe.com, (2014). High Resolution Satellite Images & Photos | DigitalGlobe. [online] Available at: http://www.digitalglobe.com/gallery#! [Accessed 30 Apr. 2014].

The Creators Project, (2014). Satellite Photography Site Offers A Daily View Of Life From Above | The Creators Project. [online] Available at: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/satellite-photography-site-daily-overview-gives-the-lowdown-from-high-up [Accessed 30 Apr. 2014].

Coastal Landscapes

I found an article that was of particular interest to me, as it covered a topic that I have recently been working on. It covers tips and ideas on how to capture a dramatic coastal picture.

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Digital Photo | May 2014

The image featured is by Guy Edwardes who is a professional landscape, travel and wildlife photographer based in South West England. Edwardes provides a wide variety of images for publishers and advertisers around the world and his images are of high quality and are creative and atmospheric. The picture was shot in Embleton Bay and shows the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle at dawn. The foreground of the image was sharpened during post production.

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Dunstanburgh Castle, © Guy Edwardes, All rights reserved.

The best time of day to shoot a scene such as this is at dawn or dusk, this is the time that the sun floods the landscape with warm and golden light, creating an aesthetically pleasing image. To capture a shot such as this, you will need to extend the shutter speed and set your ISO as low as it will go (typically 100) and set the aperture to the minimum so as to decrease the amount of light let into the camera, then you can set your shutter speed for a long period without the risk of overexposure. It may be necessary to use a Neutral Density (ND) Filter to further reduce the amount of light, allowing for even longer exposure times. A tripod will be essential, especially when shooting with a slow shutter speed.

“Drama is on hand in the form of breaking waves. To capture this energy in your shot, extend your shutter speed”

(Digital Photo, 2014)

References

Guyedwardes.com, (2014). Guy Edwardes Photography. [online] Available at: http://www.guyedwardes.com/index.php [Accessed 29 Apr. 2014].

Shoot Dramatic Coastal Pics. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.32-33.

Change

change [cheynj]

verb (used with object), changed, chang·ing.

to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion; to change the course of history.

to transform or convert (usually followed by into ): “The witch changed the prince into a toad.”

to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind: She changed her shoes when she got home from the office.

to give and take reciprocally; interchange: to change places with someone.

to transfer from one (conveyance) to another: “You’ll have to change planes in Chicago.”

Reference

Dictionary.com, (2014). “Change”. [online] Available at: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/change?s=t [Accessed 28 Apr. 2014].

As part of Practice 2 we were given a word, this word was “Change” and we had to think about and consider what this word meant and how it could be applied into our current practice and our work at present.

When I thought about the word “Change” it made me think about the landscapes that I was photographing and how I was changing them with the use of digital software. I was taking shots of landscapes and transforming them into stereographic images. By doing this I was totally altering and changing the landscapes and the way that they would be observed and perceived by the viewer. Taking this into account I decided that I would be combining both the “Change” project with my ongoing practice as this seemed to make the most sense. As well as my stereographic images I have also been experimenting with the 360º landscapes and the slightly more abstract images that I posted on here on 24th April entitled “Patterns within the Landscape“.

Whilst thinking about “Change”, I’m very sure that my work will do just that over the next couple of months whilst I undertake some new experimentations with my photography and try to discover new ways to take and adapt my images.

#Frame | Instagram

As part of our continuing project on Instagram (#frame), I have uploaded some new pictures.

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#frame #maphoto #uhcreatives

http://instagram.com/brochuwilliamsphotography

Shoot a Serene Rural Scene

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Digital Photo | May 2014

Here are some more top tips from Digital Photo magazine, this time the emphasis is on rural landscapes. When choosing to shoot a rural landscape (as with any other landscape), it is important to consider the composition of the image. There are 3 main rules of composition, these are:

  • The rule of thirds
  • Lead in lines
  • Foreground interest

The rule of thirds dictates within a frame, the key points of interest are positioned on an intersecting ‘thirds’ line. Lead in lines act as a visual path for the eye and guide the viewer to the point of interest. Foreground interest works by placing something of interest at the bottom of your frame, this welcomes the viewer into the shot and assists the eye on its journey through the image.

Another tip included in the article is “Don’t include too much as it will distract and the viewer’s eye will wander“.

One thing to consider is the time of day that you will be shooting. For the best possible light, you’ll need to shoot shortly after dawn or during the forty minutes before sunset. This will fill your image with warm, golden light, strong contest and sharp sky detail. Using the Aperture priority mode is one of the best ways to use your DSLR for this type of photography. This will give you control over your depth of field, you will want to use a large depth of field so that you can keep all of your details sharp from front to back. Try starting at f/16.

The image featured in the magazine is by photographer Francesco Lacomino and is of a Tuscan landscape early in the morning. The image is inspiring and certainly has a serene look to it. The image can be viewed in larger format here.

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© Francesco Lacomino, All rights reserved

References

500px.com, (2014). Toscana. [online] Available at: http://500px.com/photo/32169595/toscana-by-francesco-riccardo-iacomino [Accessed 27 Apr. 2014].

Shoot a Serene Landscape. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.30-31.

Landscapes – Landing the Best Landscapes

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

I came across more articles on landscape photography in my Digital Photo magazine. The article is very informative and gives comprehensive information and advice on all things “landscape photography” including the best ways to shoot and the best equipment to use.

Equipment and Approach

It is not essential to use specialist equipment but it will certainly help you and make the job a lot easier. The recommended lenses to use are wide angle lenses, typically 10-12mm, this will aid you to frame up a larger angle-of-view than a standard kit lens (18mm +). Taking control of your aperture is also a step forward into capturing a landscape, typically a smaller aperture (f/11-f/22) will help you to capture more detailed and focused shots. Tripods are also recommended, not only will this keep your camera steady to give you the sharpest possible shots but it also helps you consider your framing and your composition more carefully.

In this article they show an image from photographer Marc Adamus. Adamus is a landscape photographer based in Corvallis, Oregon, who specialises in Wilderness Photography. His images are striking and definitely worth a look. I have provided a link to his website here.

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Never Ending Light – Boundary Range, BC:Alaska Border. © Marc Adamus

The above image was taken with a 14-24mm wide angle lens. The dodge & burn tool were used in Photoshop to add more drama to the scene. A beautiful image that really captures the mood of the scene.

References

Adamus, M. (n.d.). Never Ending Light – Boundary Range, BC/Alaska Border. [image] Available at: http://www.marcadamus.com/photo/neverending-light/ [Accessed 27 Apr. 2014].

Landing the Best Landscapes. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.28-29.

Landscapes – The Complete Guide. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.26-27.

Marc Adamus Photography, (2014). Marc Adamus Photography – Unforgettable Wilderness Photography. [online] Available at: http://www.marcadamus.com [Accessed 27 Apr. 2014].

Capturing a Panorama

Whilst looking through my monthly subscription to Digital Photo magazine, I came across an interesting article which showcased a panoramic landscape photograph by an Australian photographer by the name of Jadon Smith. It explains how he captured the shot and the techniques that he used. His final image was made up from 5 individual images and he describes how he had to take the shots hand held, as he did not have a tripod with him at that particular time…something I can relate to earlier on in the week, when I forgot to pack my own tripod. The lens that he used was a 28-300mm, which is not ideally the best lens but he had to make do and I must say that his final image did not suffer despite this.

Smith shot in Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f/13, to make sure that he obtained a deep zone of sharp focus. He shot in RAW and processed the images in Lightroom to get the overall exposure correct. Photoshop was used for the sticking (I prefer to use Hugin, as in my opinion it does a better job).

When shooting a multi shot panorama, there are some tips that can be very useful:

  • Although multi shot panorama can be taken hand held, it’s a good idea to use a tripod to keep your shots level.
  • Attach your camera securely to the head, then tilt it 90º so that you are shooting in portrait orientation (this means that you get more of the sky and the ground within the picture).
  • After each shot, pan across, ensuring that you incorporate a large overlap between shots (around 30% should be sufficient).

Jadon Smith’s image can be viewed by clicking on this link.

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Digital Photo Magazine | May 2014

References

500px.com, (2014). Yosemite HDR. [online] Available at: http://500px.com/photo/61659831/yosemite-hdr-by-jadon-smith?from=user [Accessed 26 Apr. 2014].

Capture the Full Majesty of a Scene with a Panorama. (2014). Digital Photo, (181), pp.22-23.

#Frame

Here are a few more images that I have added to my Instagram as part of the #frame project. It has been interesting looking at objects around me and trying to find something that fits into this mini project. It has certainly made me more alert to what is around me.

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#frame #maphoto #uhcreatives

I am happy with the images that I have uploaded to Instagram and I feel that they meet the brief that we were given as a group. I hope to find some more suitable images before the hand in date (30th April, 2014). My particular favourites out of the above 4, are the first image and the last. The first image I think captures and frames the landscape well and it runs along with the current theme of landscapes that I have been working on. The last image I like because of its abstract look and I am fond of the colour and the patterns within the image.

References

Instagram.com, (2014). brochuwilliamsphotography on Instagram. [online] Available at: http://instagram.com/brochuwilliamsphotography [Accessed 25 Apr. 2014].

Patterns within the Landscape

I have been continuing on observing the landscape around me and admiring the shapes, colours and textures that we find surrounding us everyday in the landscape. Sometimes the landscape can be influenced by man but this is not necessarily a bad thing and can add that extra something to the image. The images that I have been concentrating on at the moment are images that have little or no impact from man, although it is debatable that even the most desolate places on earth are somehow impacted on by man.

Just a few experiments to open up my eyes to a new way of seeing the landscape that surrounds me.

 

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