Capturing Nature’s Mood
Each season brings different moods to our natural landscape. Winter shows us a moody vision with clouds, rain or snow, and lower light. The colors shift from bright summer colors to subdued winter shades. . .
Creating a Photographic Story
A photograph is the reflection of the photographer at the time the image is created. It reflects our mood, vision, and emotional state. The way the light is captured in the image, then post processed reveals the story hidden in the photograph. It is a visual communication between the photographer and their audience. The image…
Autumn is Coming!
The colors in Autumn are either amazing or subtle in the Pacific Northwest. After a long hot summer, the weather is turning to rain, cooler temperatures, and the days seem darker. The reds, yellows, and golds are beginning to peek through, and shine on these shortening days. There are 2 different weather conditions I prefer…
Backgrounds & Choices
The combination of background and available light affects the outcome of a photograph. Birds are adept at camouflage, and our cameras are great at hiding the subject. The photo above is a corn field and 7 sandhill cranes. The coloration of the cranes allows them to blend into the remaining brown corn stalks, and almost…
Choices, Exposure & Composition
The experience included hundreds of sandhill cranes flying overhead, with some landing in the field below. Their sounds waft in the air, like a light trill. Unlike ducks and geese, the cranes seem to fly without formation, and their flight is affected by wind gusts. At a distance, it becomes easy to place hundreds of…
Winter Light & Photography
The light through the winter changes in both color and intensity. The sun drops lower on the horizon, and travels through more of the Earth’s atmosphere. This changes the colors that we and our cameras see. The photograph above is trumpeter swans in January at dusk. The light in the sky is soft and diffused.…
It’s All About the Light. . .
Photography is possible because of Light. Without light, the image is black. With too much light, the photo is white. How do we control this light? It is controlled through exposure. Exposure = ISO + Aperture + Shutter Speed It is the photographer along with the camera settings that creates the photograph. Every photograph is…