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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
Akagriff on craftsy.com

Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? Canon 7D

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I am a true beginner so please be as descriptive as possible when commenting

02/09/2014 Flag

I re listened to the section about keeping the composition simple. I originally picked this area because of the dead tree in the foreground against the pond. I think if I redid this and not include the bridge and far bank on the right side I would like this better. What do you think?

02/10/2014 Flag

You have an interesting idea here and I applaud you for getting out and photographing in winter. Winter can be a challenging time to photograph (I grew up in Minnesota and lived most of my life there), yet it can offer some very interesting opportunities for photographers. A big challenge you are facing here is the rather strong underexposure. The snow is not looking much like snow because of that. Underexposure makes snow look gray rather than white. When photographing scenes with a lot of snow, often you have to add plus exposure compensation to make snow actually look like snow. I understand you are looking for a simple composition, but what you are doing is seeing something with your mind and not looking at what is actually in the photo. You can use your LCD to help. That small LCD is very helpful because it can force you to keep a composition simple or you won't be able to see it. Craftsy for some reason limits the text here, so I will continue with another.

02/14/2014 Flag

In this photo, look at all of the things that are asking for our attention because of their contrasts (contrast will always attract a viewer's attention). Starting from the top: the lines of the bridge, especially the walking surface, the line of snow on the bridge, the contrasts of beams under the bridge, the patch of snow under the bridge, the water, the reflection in the water, the branches left and right, the stump (?) in the water, the stump in the foreground, the twigs lower left. The stump in the foreground also has the same tonality as the water in one area which makes it blend there and makes it harder to discern. The more you can simplify so many things, the stronger your image will be.

02/14/2014 Flag

Thank you for your help and I understand what your saying. I'll try to get back to this area this week.

02/16/2014 Flag