Telephoto Lenses to Compress a Scene

It had been a longtime goal to shoot the fields of sunflowers in Tuscany. But trips there in June were too early, and trips in August were too late. Then, one summer, on a drive to Cortona a field of perfect sunflowers appeared, at a time when all the others were far past prime. ApparentlyContinue reading “Telephoto Lenses to Compress a Scene”

Off-Axis Symmetry

Some objects, particularly architecture and flowers, are so powerfully symmetrical that their geometry shines through even without centering on it. Try shooting such images from an angle, or off center, to create a more dynamic balance.  Here, the angled view shows both the geometry of the flower, and the arc of the petals, while the offsetContinue reading “Off-Axis Symmetry”

Dark Floral Photography

Floral photography is typically about light and brilliant color. But thats not how it has to be. It makes for striking floral images to shoot in dimmer locations with lower key colors. Here all that was required was to stoop under an overhanging tree, and shoot in the deep shade to achieve a notably differentContinue reading “Dark Floral Photography”

Shallow Depth of Focus Macros

With tools such as focus stacking making deep focus images easier and easier to produce, its important to remember what shallow depth of focus can bring to a macro image. Not only does it tell the eye which portion of the shot we would like them to focus on, it also gives a heady senseContinue reading “Shallow Depth of Focus Macros”

Utilizing Unique Backgrounds

We shoot many of the same subjects time after time. So it can be important to keep an eye out for instances where the background creates a unique settings or contrast to the subject. Sometimes a black backdrop is available, from the right angle. In others a distant backdrop unfocussed with a shallow depth ofContinue reading “Utilizing Unique Backgrounds”

Techniques for Floral Photography; or Any Photography

Floral photography seems to be a frequent topic recently. This article is a series of photos, each focused on a single concept that can enrich floral images, or many other types of images. Include Architecture: Architecture can add to floral images by providing a context, telling a story, and strengthening the visual image. Shoot LoChro: Flower imagesContinue reading “Techniques for Floral Photography; or Any Photography”