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Shooting Intimate Landscapes taught by Rob Sheppard

Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! See beauty on a small scale and find intimate landscapes anywhere with photographer Rob Sheppard.

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What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? Spring in southern Indiana means lots of toadstools and mushrooms around our wooded yard. These photos were taken in early morning after a rain the night before. My point of view for the photos was "Belly-Crawl-Compositions" at toadstool level. The neighbors driving by thought I had lost something in the yard. My captures ended up being more about the raindrops than the toadstools I started out photographing.

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Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? I used a Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270mm. lens which allows me to get very close to my subjects. Still learning this macro thing AND still having lots of fun doing it.

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I have really enjoyed Rob Sheppard's class, "SHOOTING INTIMATE LANDSCAPES." Can't wait until we travel later this summer and fall to CO, CA, AND TN. Especially looking forward to capturing intimate landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the autumn. I definitely will watch the class videos multiple times before we leave for our next destinations.

04/26/2014 Flag

This is a wonderful exploration of your subject a great example of "working" a subject. Working a subject is a way to guarantee you will have better photos. When you find a subject and just shoot it in one way, that is all you get, plus that does not encourage you to look further. By doing what you have done here, you are encouraging yourself to find the best, maybe many "bests", for your subject and scene, plus you have a lot more images to work with later. I love your use of shallow depth of field to emphasize the mushrooms. You have done a great job in making sure your focus point is on something important, too. Rob

05/02/2014 Flag

Thanks for the comments. I have really enjoyed your course, and added lots of knowledge nuggets to use in my photography. In the past couple of years, I've gotten to shoot the grand scenics of the national parks out West, but, I'm most intrigued by macros and intimate landscapes like the toadstools. It was amazing, lying in the wet, dew-laden grass, on toadstool level to photograph what I was seeing. And the longer I stayed there, the more I saw. There just wasn't enough time to capture it all. Any suggestions on what I can do to become better? At what point will I know that my creations are good enough for someone to want to purchase them? I just keep taking photos because I love doing it, but, at some point it would be nice to share them with others, and be able to produce some income to help pay for my photography expenses--especially since I've retired from teaching--40 years in the public elementary and middle schools here.

05/02/2014 Flag

Very nice.

05/03/2014 Flag

Oh, we'll done!

06/21/2014 Flag