Serendipity in Photography

No matter how well planned your shoot, no matter how well organized your equipment, the moment comes when the unexpected presents itself. It may come in the form of unexpected weather, conditions far hotter or cooler then anticipated, or photo subjects that were not planned. In landscape photography a large number of the better photosContinue reading “Serendipity in Photography”

Death as a Photo Theme

Death has been an artistic theme for millennia. A stroll through an old cemetery will produce a number of death-related themes, including that odd mix of a skull and angel wings called a death head, weeping willow trees, more symbolic of mourning than death itself, and the occasional “cut down in his prime” gravestone carvedContinue reading “Death as a Photo Theme”

Vertical One Point Perspective

One point perspective is a powerful tool, creating tunnel-like symmetry and focus on whatever is at, or in front of, the vanishing point. But we nearly always use one point as a horizontal tool, looking down a corridor, tunnel, or street. There is a second orientation which can be utilized for one point perspectives, oneContinue reading “Vertical One Point Perspective”

Turning Your Back on the Sunset

We are accustomed to shooting with our backs to the sun. But at sunrise and sunset, we tend to do just the opposite, and shoot images of the colors in the sky.  With the right landscape, that can produce some very satisfying images. Here’s an example of such a shot, from Tuscany in the Wintertime.Continue reading “Turning Your Back on the Sunset”

Off Season Photo Scouting

Part of landscape photography is the scouting of possible locations, and noting the best time of year, time of day, and weather conditions for shooting in each spot. However, this constant judging of the ideal can blind us to the beauty of the moment. The shot included with this article was taken in February, hardly the idealContinue reading “Off Season Photo Scouting”

Macros, Details, and Texture Shots

Its not uncommon for photographers to shoot image that they don’t consider to be important images or complete compositions. Sometimes it is for series they are developing for their own portfolios, and sometimes its for images that graphic designers will purchase as stock. I shoot a wide range of such macros, architectural details, and textureContinue reading “Macros, Details, and Texture Shots”

NIK Radio Interview with C. David Tobie

I was recently interviewed by Scott Sheppard for NIK Radio. The interview covered a wide range of topics, including NIK and Datacolor products, my own photography, iPhone photography, and my recent experiences with the latest Nikon and Canon cameras. To hear the full interview click here, and choose the interview dated 8/9/12. Credits: C. DavidContinue reading “NIK Radio Interview with C. David Tobie”

Back By Special Request; More Tuscan Images

The response (mostly direct, but some on Facebook or WordPress) to yesterday’s sample of my “Through a Lens Darkly” images was gratifying; thank you all. I have processed several more today, and will add a few below. The link to see the whole collection on my photo website is here: CDTobie.com. I plan to coverContinue reading “Back By Special Request; More Tuscan Images”