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Dandelions

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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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Category Photography
Theme Nature & Landscape
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What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? I look for interesting light

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Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? Fujifilm X E-1, Learning to use Lightroom

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Love the yellow flowers. The flowers are sharp, the rock has great texture and wonderful mix of blue, yellows, green and grey.

06/01/2014 Flag

Thank you for the compliment! I am lucky to live in a very beautiful place that affords lots of opportunities for practicing photography.

06/06/2014 Flag

I quite like the way you are handling the image area in all of these photos and the way you are using depth of field in interesting and appropriate ways to emphasize what is important in your photos. As I mentioned in response to your question about the black-and-white dandelions, the rather strong underexposure is making an interesting photo harder to understand. It is confusing to a viewer to see dandelions a dark gray rather than a light gray. The yellow flowers (balsam root?) make a great foreground to their setting. We get a nice feeling for the location. I don't know what white balance you are using, but it looks like auto white balance. AWB often adds a blue cast to the photo outdoors which results in weaker warm colors and a blue cast to neutral tones, both of which show up here. The white flowers use an interesting shallow depth of field with a background landscape to show off the setting but keep emphasis on the flowers.

06/04/2014 Flag

Thank you for the many good and constructive comments, this is just what I am looking for. The past couple of days I've played with the white balance on the camera and can tell the difference on the lcd. I have been wondering why I kept wanting to warm the photos up when processing in Lightroom. This morning while photographing flowers on a tree, I experimented with raising the iso from 100 to 400 and 800 as well as changing the dynamic range from 100 to 200. This seemed to make a difference in not blowing out the highlights of the white flowers while capturing some of the shadows. I also raised the iso as your lesson said this would help with blur caused by a breeze. One thing I still am confused about is how to know when and how much EV to use and how to tell if it is right when photographing. I'll post another photo when I get time, so nice and sunny out, to sit down and process in Lightroom. Your course is very interesting and your teaching techniques are very helpful.

06/06/2014 Flag

Today I added three final photos for the project. The first two were taken this past week near home here in Oregon. The closeup of white flowers on the tree were a telephoto practice and the paintbrush on the moraine were a wide angle lens practice using different f/stops. I am now setting the white balance to conditions and feel I can see a change to more natural colors. The Denali photo is one taken last March returning to our cabin after a late afternoon ski. The lenticular clouds caught my eye. I have a month worth of photos of the mountain from different angles and times of day. I played with both keeping the foreground of frozen ground and trees and leaving them out, showing just the mountain but haven't decided which I like best. I am also trying to learn how to best capture and process snowy scenes. This last one is kind of an "intimate landscape" for me as Denali was a place of work for me years ago and I grew to know the glaciers and walls of rock inside and out.

06/18/2014 Flag

Beautiful photos. It's good to see someone else interested in black and white.

06/09/2014 Flag