Tag: Landscape Photography

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It is almost a year since I got serious about Instagram and in that time I have gone from about 340 followers to 10.3 thousand. I like to think that is a great achievement, though I don’t know if it is. Mind you it has taken a lot of work to get that many and I’ve worked really hard. I haven’t really seen any benefits from it, but I do love Instagram and the images you see from others are awe inspiring. I get so much inspiration from looking at what is there. I’ve found new places I want to go and photograph.

One thing that I have found, is that I know, I don’t want to be a landscape photographer. Instagram is flooded with images of waterfalls and mountains with lakes in front of them. It has always been my thing to try to be different. It is so easy to fall into the trap of being the same as everyone else. Play the popularity contest.

I believe you have to be true to yourself and do what makes you feel good. I want my work to stand out from the crowd, and I know that often means an image won’t get so many likes, but it has to be about more than that.

I am an artist first, always. I don’t like to think of myself as a photographer, because I’m not, not really. Yes, I take photos, but I do so much more as well. I’m an artist and my medium is photography, and maybe Photoshop is also my medium. I love seeing what I can do on the computer and I will work on an image for hours, over a whole day sometimes. This is what I do.

I am going to start talking about this a lot more, I hope you won’t mind.

Here are my photos from the last week on Instagram. If you want to find out more about the images, take a look at my Instagram feed, there are descriptions and tips there.

It is nice to be able to show you the photos I’ve had up on Instagram this last week. I will put them into a gallery for you, but first I want to talk about something.

Selling Images.

I don’t try and sell my images. It isn’t that people can’t buy them, I just don’t see the point in trying to push it. I don’t want to sell my images for small change and I find that most people on the internet want them for free, or for that small amount.

When you buy one of my images you are buying my experience and expertise. That hasn’t come cheap. I have a three degree behind me, I have spent thousands learning how to use Photoshop and Lightroom. My gear has cost me a lot of money as well, so I don’t want to give away my work. I am an artist and I would like to be paid accordingly. I know that most people don’t want to pay me what I think my images are worth, fair enough, and I get that. However, I get emails from people all the time wanting to know how much an image would cost, when I tell them, I never hear from them again, I don’t even get an answer to say they can’t afford it, or no longer want it.

In response to this I have now added a price list to this site, so hopefully I will stop getting those emails. If you are interested in purchasing one of my images then before you send the email please take a look at the list, here is the link, Price List.

Shall we take a look at the photos from Instagram this last week?

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It has all come together and in a relatively relaxed manner. It almost seems like we know what we are doing. I am sure Suzzanna, who does the layout and makes sure everything gets done wouldn’t agree, but by far it has been the best to do for me.

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This is our fourth issue and this rounds up the first year of Dynamic Range Magazine. It has been quite a year.  I hope those of you who have purchased the magazine have enjoyed it immensely.  It has been quite a trip, but I can’t talk too much about that, or I will be giving away my editorial.  Let’s take another look at the cover.

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This image for this issue is by Christine Danger, many of you know her from Monochrome Madness and her blog sv-takeiteasy. Chris has also written an article on underwater photography, so the cover image is one of those. A clam that she took photos of. It is amazing.

Of course there are lots of great images and I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Hillary Younger and do a feature on her work. She is an incredible landscape photographer and has some great tips for others who also want to do that type of photography.

Melissa Jones is becoming our marketing guru and has got some great ideas for how you can do better on Instagram. It is a very popular platform right now on and thanks to her I have improved my site a lot.

Emily Carter Mitchell has given a great article on the wildlife that you will come across if you go to Costa Rica.

We have a new writer this issue, Anne Sandler, from the blog Slow Shutter Speed. She has given her insights into what it is like coming to photography later in life.

Loré Dombaj has more great women photographers to introduce to us in her series on the History of Women in Photography.

I’ve written two for this one. I finally got around to writing about Architectural Photography and the different forms of it. I hope to do more in the future about it as well. I have also done the second part to the one on Lightroom, this one is about the pros and cons of using Photoshop.

Finally, Christine Wilson has given some insight into how she processed one of her black and white images in Post Processing Possibilities.

I have already received some feedback and was told:

just read DRM cover to cover …. another excellent issue!!!

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Finding Abandoned Homes

Driving around the countryside in Victoria, Australia, you are bound to come across old homes that are home to no one anymore. Some of them are easy to get to, while others you need to get permission to go there.

They are made from different assorted materials. Usually very small. It is amazing to consider what they lived in back then and what we live in now. It is also amazing how solidly they were built, considering how quickly houses seem to fall apart these days.

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This is on the roadside and many people stop to photograph it. I don’t know if it was a home, but has usual markings of a small two roomed house from the 19th century. Buildings like this are very common around central Victoria from the gold rush days. Many tiny homes. I’ve been in a couple of them and they are so small. I couldn’t imagine living in one of them. What’s that old saying, no room to even swing a cat. I know it isn’t a good saying, but fits what I was trying to say.

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This old home is a lot bigger than the previous one, but it is no longer inhabited and has been devoid of life for some time, around 100 years. It was abandoned to make way for a reservoir or dam. The Loddon River was sort of dammed and this house was under water for a very long time. I don’t know when it emerged, but think it may have happened during the drought we had at the beginning of this century. I don’t know if it will ever go under again as our climate warms up and water becomes scarcer.

Another reason for empty homes is that as farms join and get bigger and bigger the homes of the original farms are no longer needed and are just vacated and left.

For whatever reason the homes are abandoned it is good for us photographers. There are so many photographers that love abandoned buildings, so they now get a new purpose. I am finding more and more all the time.

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On my other blog today it is all about Monochrome Madness and for it I did an image from Apollo Bay that I took recently on a trip there. I have made it black and white for MM, but I also wanted to put the colour back into it. So I thought I would show the colour version here as well.

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I went to Apollo Bay with a new friend Karen and this is one of the places we went to on the first day.

It was such an amazing spot to go. The walk down was good, but the walk back up was a killer. Still it was worth it. The only thing that ruined it was a couple of girls insisting on taking selfies. It is amazing how much people enjoy taking photos of themselves at these things and not really looking at where they are. It was such a beautiful place, but they had their backs to it more.

This is a long exposure, and was several seconds long. I love doing this for waterfalls, though the selfie girls made it very hard.

 

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Over on my other blog it is Monochrome Madness 2-22 and this week is the monthly theme. The theme is Bridges. I love bridges and trying to find a bridge to photograph hasn’t been that hard. I went out one day and photographed something seven. It was great.

I’ve done quite a few images with this particular bridge. I think it is one I want to go back to.

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I’ve been working a technique for a while now, something that really seems to work with this type of image. I have to admit at the end of the day I like colour in my images. I don’t mind that the colour is toned down, but I like the hints of colour. You know it is a colour image, but the colour isn’t in your face.

I like the colours, to me they speak very much of the Australian countryside. I might have to do a whole series of these. I have been going up to this area a lot and am collecting quite a few photos. I might have to travel through the area again next week when I go up the Mallee to visit my mother.

If you would like to see lots more bridges then take a look at Monochrome Madness today over on my other blog, MM 2-22: Monochrome Madness Bridges.

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Tomorrow’s Monochrome Madness 2-21 was a hard one for me this week. I kept playing around with images and putting them up on social media to see what people thought.

Then I was going through my photos and found another one that I thought might work better. I have converted it to Monochrome, and will include it in my post tomorrow. Then I was looking at it and thought, I wonder what it would look like if I made it colour again.

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I had to take out some of the saturation and I’m not sure it really works, but there you have it.

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Recently I got to go to a place in country Victoria to explore and while we were there we saw an old railway bridge. The bridge is no longer in use. The area was made into a reservoir and I guess the bridge was too low. Close by there is another railway bridge, but it is much higher.

Something I’ve been doing a lot when I process images is to immediately change them into black and white. I then work on the image as though it will be a black and white image.

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I don’t have a problem with how it looks in black and white.  I tried to bring out the brick pylons that were left from the bridge, or what would have held up all the rails, which have been removed. I also did a bit of work in the sky to make it look more stormy.

Then, as I’ve done many times I reversed the process and made it colour again.

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Sometimes when you convert it back you can find it looks revolting as the colours are too saturated, or they are changed too much. The bottom half of this image was fine, and I like the colours, but the blues and aquas/cyans in the sky were over saturated. It didn’t take much to pull them down a bit so the sky looked stormy again and not a colour mess.

I was going to leave it there, but then I decided to go back to the black and white image and add a slight tone to it.

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I like the warmth of it, but I don’t think this is my favourite version of the image. It does give it another element, but I worry that maybe there is a lack of contrast in it. So I decided to add some more and see how it looked.

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I guess the test now is whether or not you can see any difference. I think there is.

It is fun to try one image and do different processes to it.  Each person will have there own ideas of which ones work and which don’t. I like them all, but I think I might like the colour more, but that is me.

I am going to put them in a gallery for you so you can see them better. You can click on the images for a bigger view.

A lot of people who start photography think they need a wide angle lens, especially for landscape photography,as part of  a new series I want to start,  photography tips, so I am going to do this one on using a wide angle lenses.  I have to admit I was one of those.  I thought it would be great for everything, I would be able to fit in so much.  I got it and then I started using it and I was disappointed.

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The thing many of us don’t realise when we decide to get a wide angle lens is that while it fits in a lot of the scene, it is also makes everything a lot smaller.  It isn’t as easy to use as you may think.

When I first got my full frame camera to use with my 14-24mm, I thought I was in heaven, but after using it a bit I started to realise what the person who told me how tricky it was to use actually meant.

They are easy to use, but it is best to use them in with specific goals, like emphasising something in the landscape.

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With this I was trying to show the flowers in a burnt environment.  I went up close to the flowers, and it is a good way of using the wide angle.  I think if you are using a wide angle, then getting in the face of what you want to take photos of is the best way to go.

You can enlarge what is in the foreground, but still have something in the background.  It is great for showing the foregrond and the background.  I’ve seen some great images of something in the foreground, and then mountains in the background.

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Filling the foreground with the flowers that lead you to lots more flowers and then the burnt trees in the background.

I think before you get a really wide angle lens it is good to consider how often you think you will do this sort of photography.  I hardly use my 14-24mm now.  I tend to use my 24-70mm a lot more.  I do like the wide angle for architecture, I can get a whole skyscrapper in an image with it.

So if you have a wide angle and want to use it for landscape, remember to get up close to things in the environment and fill your frame with it.

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Photography has been something that I have enjoyed for a very long time, though there are different types, and Landscape Photography has been something that I never used to like, but in the last couple of years I’ve been trying to work it out a lot more.  I can remember times walking around places and not seeing what I wanted to photography.  Now I have started to work out what it is about landscape photography that I enjoy.

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I enjoy it a lot more now, and I think the reason I enjoy it, is because I understand what it is about the landscape that I want to do a lot more.  I have found my story.

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It seems to be an important aspect to Landscape Photography, and something that I am only starting to get.  If you find landscape photography hard it could just be because you haven’t found your story yet.

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Going up the Mallee in North West Victoria has been really good for me, it has really helped me to work out what my story is.  I now can’t wait to go up more and more to continue exploring what my story is.  For me there always has to be an element of man, in some way.  It is what draws me to architecture and old abandoned buildings.  I think the landscape has to have the same thing, some aspect of that.

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The salt lakes and salt pans have an element of that, as the salt problem is getting worse and worse.  Part of the reason for that is the removal of all the trees for farming, so crops could be planted.  I don’t know the whole story, but it is a start.

There is another part that I like to. After seeing areas totally burned out by bush fires earlier this year, it is good to go back and continue taking photos and seeing how the area regenerates after.  Slowly it is all coming back.

So when you are out doing your landscape photography, it is important to think about what your story is and why you are taking photos.