I guess I’ve preached too much to the ‘net about not writing blog entries that include being too busy…but I’m going to break that rule and say its been a crazy 3 months since I last posted. Add a second child into the mix (we’re blessed with a second daughter in September), a career transition to financial planning from engineering including exams and a whole pile of meetings, travelling and blah blah blah…you get the point. Its fine time we added a few new photos to the mother site, www.finnerphotography.com and reconnect with my tens of fans!
I haven’t changed the focus of the blog – my mission is to still share the ups and downs of being a landscape photographer and some technical breakdown of the ‘keepers’ that make the website. I know its been a while since I’ve shot anything when my wife tells me that its time to get out and shoot….
The sunset has almost completed its annual shift toward a southerly sunset along the beach so it should make for some interesting compositions. We’ll see what I can find over the next month instead of just a sore throat….but on with the show!
Here are the latest keepers for the main site:
1) Sun Valley
If you’re serious about becoming a better photographer, you’ve probably read some of the works of Rick Sammon. Rick is one of the most affable teachers you’re going to find that truly wears his heart on his sleeve. Rick has been dubbed the ‘Godfather’ of photography and has published numerous books and apps. Check out Rick at www.ricksammon.com.
One of Rick’s main teaching themes is that instead of taking good photographs, you should create great photographs….which brings me to the creation of this photo. While I was shooting….some guy who looked just like me took a pail of water and completely wet the rocks in the foreground which completely showed the sunlight in the reflections…awesome! Other points to note about this shot are the horizon is not dead centre, the slower shutter speed provides for some motion blur of the waves and I closed down the aperture to f25 for the star burst on the sun.
Shot with a Canon 50D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, ISO 100, f25, 1/4s.
2) Charles Fort
This shot is from the small town of Kinsale on the southern coast of Ireland. O the memories…the best seafood chowder I’d ever had was in Kinsale and during the meal my wife and I had an impromptu candle light dinner when the power went out at the restaurant…oh yeah, let’s get back to photography. One of the surprise benefits of this trip was that it was in December when the sun never gets very high in the sky. It made for a tremendous amount of even light and for some great conditions for shooting. This shot is taken at Charles Fort and I thought this shot would look cool since only one set of lights was on.
Symmetry was the goal here with the only offset being the lights which works well since we, at least in the western world, read from left to right so it makes for a good starting point to view the photograph. Nothing special about the camera settings since it a fairly ‘flat’ subject with little depth. Adding the stone wall in front at the bottom definitely helps with the eye travelling from bottom to top of the photograph as well. The final touch was converting this shot to black and white with NikEffects SilverEfex Pro 2.
Shot with a Canon Rebel XTi with a 24-105mm IS f4 lens, ISO 100, f4, 1/6s
This shot is especially memorable since the bugs were out in full force! There were other shots from that night that would have made keepers but the bugs literally made it look like my camera sensor had been in the worst sand storm. After checking my camera I realized it was the sheer volume of bugs that dropped by to say hello….the alternative was a whole pile of Photoshop to make it look ok which just isn’t my style. 3 minutes is plenty to edit a photo…either its a keeper or its not. This one worked out well and includes a different twist than a typical landscape shot. I opened up the lens for a shallow depth of field (f4 instead of say f11) to blur the background. Its definitely a different look but the areas in focus will easily take your eye to that area.
Shot with a Canon 50D with a 24-105 f4 IS lens, ISO 100, f4, 1/20s
That’s it for now folks, as always, drop by the main site at www.finnerphotography.com or click on Blog at the top right hand corner and click on Like if you’re a Facebooker and you’ll never miss an update!
PS – If you’re local to Kincardine, check out the Victoria Park Gallery where my work and many other artists have locally crafted art for sale which makes for great christmas presents! Located as the south end of Queen Street!