I don’t do a whole lot of black and white photographs, although I usually test each photograph I think is ready for public display to see if it looks best in color or black & white. Most of my black and white photos are in this gallery.
The photo of this ersatz bridge tender’s station, at Lake Sumter Florida, looked really nice to my eye as a black and white. I especially liked the perspective given by the receding railroad ties. Have a look at the full sized image here.
This is something of an experiment, and I ask you to click on this link to see the image as displayed at the online gallery. Here’s why: I created the image to print out as 16″ x 50″ (200 dpi) and the fulfillment company claims they can go to twice that size with minimal loss of definition. So this is not a print for everyone … four feet wide as I envisioned it and up to eight feet wide (and a bit over 2 1/2 feet high) at the maximum. Now at the link above, you can position your cursor on any part of the image which will define a small box — clicking within that box expands that small portion of the print to its full size resolution. I think you might find that experience interesting.
The image itself draws the eye left and right to examine the nature of the wave breaks and spindrift, and the unusual wave action in center pulls the eye from the mid-ground to the foreground. Eye movement is enhanced by the expanded size of the super-large image.
As I say, not for everyone, but in the right location for the right person this will make a spectacular print.
Florals are something of a “subject for an overcast day” for me, as you can see by looking over my florals catalog here. They are fun to take, and I always marvel that some of the same lighting and post-processing touch-up techniques are used for florals as for portraits. The african iris, above, was taken on — yes — a heavily overcast day. I used a tripod as I almost always do now, and the other camera specs are in the description of the image in the gallery at the link above. As I noted, for me, this is probably the best separation of blossom from background that I have done … and in the end photography is about improvement of skills I believe, so I am happy with it. The only real “Wow” factor is the image is that it scales to four feet by four feet if someone ever wanted an image of an iris that large. It was fun, and I will certainly take more flower images on the next overcast day.
One of the photography groups at Pixels/Fine Art America is hosting a contest the subject of which is waterfalls. Any viewer can vote, I did, and if you want to here is the link to the contest overview page (just click on the vote tab to begin).
When I finished voting I had to rethink what I had learned about photographing moving water. The technique was to use a longer than normal shutter speed (I learned it as 1/20s or less) in order to blur the water given the sense of movement. However, after looking at 500 photos, I’m not convinced the technique is worth doing anymore — or if it is, then should be used sparingly.
This image is an example of the technique at its maximum use. Its very attractive, but I don’t get a sense of moving water. I think the method is overused and at least my mind finds it hackneyed. On the other hand, this one was taken with no attempt to blur water lines, and this one was taken at 1/20s for a slight blur.
Its all up to the viewer of the image of course, but I am rethinking when and how much I should use the blurring technique in the future.
This is my third published photo in which a bird was featured. If you look through my images (click here) you can find a attempt at a painting-like image of shore birds in navy and medium blue, and an image of a flock of seagulls lined up like they were waiting for the seagull preacher to speak. This, I am told, is a stilt sandpiper. I like the sinuous curve of the wave as it leads the eye to the sandpiper. The image itself speaks to me of rugged independent determination to survive against all odds, but then I know the photo was taken on a very cold day with not much for the birds to eat. The image is in my Florida Color Seascapes collection here. I hope you will take a look at it and other images, as every click on an image helps my photography gain public visibility. Thanks. This image is also in my royalty free group — the link is in the previous blog post.
I have established a library of royalty free photographic images available through pixels.com I think it contains almost all of the images we have previous discussed in this blog, and others that are in my galleries.
Please browse through my catalog at this link. As the sage says ‘no purchase necessary.’
It is with a bit of irony that I note that I am on both sides of this factor now: a seller of my images with royalty free licenses, and an occasional buyer of royalty free music for video production.
With the addition of this image, which I called “Atlantic Dawn from St. Augustine Beach” I have reorganized my gallery list to include a single gallery for Florida Seascapes and Waterscapes. Have a look at just those images by clicking here. Thanks. Added sunrise images from other photographers and artists can be viewed at sunrise photographs for sale