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Ferns by a bridge

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
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Can you tell us about any special equipment or techniques that you used? Nikon D300s with 18-200 mm VR lens

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What are you most proud of? The two images I like best here are: The ferns by the bridge - I think I got the composition about right here. Meadow sweet with the bullrushes behind - the depth of field has made the bullrushes look really abstract.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Listen to the lesson and keep an open mind, but mainly enjoy yourself!

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Looks like a beautiful spot - I agree with your two images, but also like the foxglove and the view of the sycamore branches.

09/01/2013 Flag

Thanks Nikita

09/06/2013 Flag

A great location and a nice working of the place. I quite like the foxglove. I think it is the strongest of the group because it is clean and easy to understand as well as showing off a beautiful plant with no distractions. A challenge you are facing is one that all of us face: we see the world differently than the camera does. We see subjects. The camera could care less about subjects. It only cares about light and shade and will often overemphasize them. The ferns in front of the bridge have potential, for example, but you are remembering the subject and not fully seeing the photo. The viewer only sees what is in the photo. Because of the bright light in the background, the foreground ferns are very confused in the composition. The bright spots of light in the background dominate the image. The meadow sweet and bullrushes are also a bit confusing -- you are seeing the subject. The camera is emphasizing the contrast in the bullrushes which is now fighting for our attention. That is a fight, because the meadowsweet are the sharp part of the photo.

09/18/2013 Flag

Thanks Rob

09/27/2013 Flag

Maybe I should have looked at the rest of the course before launching into this project. For the next ones I'll make sure they're marked for the different lessons.

09/27/2013 Flag

I really like the purple flowers among the ferns. There is a nice difference in textures. The background distracts just a little.

03/25/2014 Flag