Monday, July 26, 2010

The Lines.


  1. Thanks for posting these shots! This is a place that every photographer should visit! What a study in light ,perspective and depth of field.

    What a dream to attend a photo workshop in this enviroment!

  2. Spectacular Quynh! Where do you start when you find yourself in a place like this? What a photographers dream!

  3. Paul,
    Once, I picked out the location, I do the survey on the surrounding, then I look at the lighting first where it falls on my scenery. If I don't like the lighting, I pick the time to go back on the next day. Make sure you have a right filter on the lense, and dail to f/16. Find the best angle or shoot multiple frames on diffrent angles on this setting, then dail to f/22 shoot again. Also, including the sky in your photos depends on your main object. Take your time to check your exposure between the shoots.

    It's easy to say than done. Everyone have different way to look at the scenery, if you like it that's a keeper. This is how I do it, not from any books or any schooling. You may find an easy way to do this from other resources. Oh, one more thing I normally shoot RAW format only.

  4. I DEFINITELY don't get out enough!

    These are fantastic shots! The lines and colors are great. I especially like the third shot with the blue sky and clouds int he background. It adds a lot of contrast to the shot and the lines look like they just run right up to the sky.

    Did you use a graduated filter on this one?

  5. Ron, no, I did not use graduated filter on this one. If I can remember the time on these shots it was during high noon. Therefore, I need to use polarizing filter to bring out the color of the sky, and reduce the reflections bounce off the rocks. See the article below that I found on the WEB.

    Think of a polarizing filter as a sieve for light.

    Certain wavelenghts are allowed to pass through the filter and others are blocked.

    The sieve only has parallel lines, not a crosshatch pattern like something that you'd use to drain pasta.

    Waves of light that are parallel to the lines of the sieve pass through, while waves that are perpendicular don't get through.

    How It Works
    Most polarizing filters that you screw onto the front of your lens contain 2 elements sandwiched together.

    One part of the filter screws onto the front of your lens and is fixed in place.

    The outside part of the filter can be rotated, which changes the orientation of the parallel filtering lines.

    As you rotate the outside of a polarizing filter, you will see the effect that it has in the camera's viewfinder.

    While rotating your polarizing filter might be more than enough fun to handle, it's important to know what effect it's going to have on your photos.

    Minimize Reflections
    So what does this mean for the photos you take with your digital SLR?

    A polarizing filter turned to the right angle will block the light entering the lens from a reflective surface.

    Water is a good example.

    Imagine that you're trying to photograph some fish in a pond.

    The angle of sunlight is such that all you get when you take the photo is a bright reflection off the surface of the water.

    Add a polarizing filter, and now your camera can "see" through the reflections to the fish below the surface.

    This reduction in reflected light also works on windows.

    Perhaps your dog has decided to sit in the driver's seat of your car again, and you want to take shot through the windshield.

    A polarizing filter reduces the reflection off the windshield's surface so that the dog can be seen in your photo.

    Reduce Atmospheric Haze
    Particles of dust and water in the air can also cause reflections.

    These reflections typically make landscapes appear less clear and colorful as they might appear to your eyes.

    Once again, a polarizing filter turned to the right angle will block out these unwanted reflections.

    The most obvious side effect is that the color of the sky can be altered from light blue to dark blue.

    This look can be overdone.

    Landscape photographers rely on polarizing filters primarily to reduce reflections, and sometimes to mildly enhance the color of the sky.

    Like any photography technique, the trick is to not get carried away with it.

    The Angle of Light
    A polarizing filter is not an x-ray device.

    When you have the camera pointed directly at a reflective surface (like a window) no amount of polarization is going to reduce the reflections.

    Polarizers work the best when they are at an angle to the reflected light.

    With a window, you'll want to position the camera at an angle to the window between 35° and 60°.

    For landscapes, polarizers have the most effect when you camera is at a 90° angle to the sun.

  6. That all makes sense based on what I've learned the past few years using a CP filter. I do sometimes get carried away with the blue in the sky!

    Are you using photoshop or Nikon NX2 or both to adjust your photos?


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