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Created in this Craftsy class

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
Maria Gieske on

What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? I love shooting Macro and Landscapes, this class seemed like it would sort of combine them. I am posting my photos in hopes that I will get comments and Critiques

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Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? I have a Nikon D5200. For these shots I was using a Sigma 105 mm Macro lens.

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Please comment on my photos.

12/26/2013 Flag

You have some interesting details here. I think it is great you are getting out at this time of year and finding close-up details. The photo of the berries is the strongest of the group. It is clear and well defined as a composition. The background is enough out of focus to allow it to be a strong contrast to the berries. Most of the other images are not so clearly defined. The main reason for this is that there are distracting details around the edges or in the background. Whenever you have strong shapes, strong textures, strong contrasts or bright objects near the edges or in the background, you have visual elements in an image that are going to want the viewer's attention. They become distracting and take away from the subject. When you took the photo, you saw something and photographers often bring that memory to their view of the photos later. The viewer has none of that memory and can only react to what is in the photo, distractions as well as subject.

01/13/2014 Flag

There is a limit to how much text I can input, so here are some ideas on things to work with: 1. Always look all around the photo, not just the area where the subject is. Live View can be a big help for this. 2. Experiment with shooting your lens wide-open (I think yours is f/2.8) for really shallow depth of field. This will help isolate and define your subject. 3. Watch out for high contrasts or bright areas around the edges of the photo. They will always be distractions. Rob

01/13/2014 Flag

Thank you for your comments and the helpful instruction

01/18/2014 Flag