Dec 15, 2015

Photography 101: Direction of Light - Twilight

Twilight or nightlight is one of my favorite times to take photographs. It makes for spectacular landscape and city skyline photography. I regularly head out and capture the Boston Skyline at twilight on days that I am not occupied hunting for nature photographs. The best time is 20 to 45 minutes after the sun has set. The optimum light does not last long. Because twilight is hard to predict I make sure to be on location prior to sunset. I often explore the location during the last light of the day and set up tripod and camera shortly after sunset for my twilight Photography Adventure. Ones twilight arrives I keep photographing while closing in on the optimum light. This approach requires sufficient battery power and flash card memory. The twilight effect also works on cloudy days and up to 30 plus seconds exposure times are not unusual.

Good light and happy photo making!


Dec 9, 2015

Photography 101: Direction of Light - Front Light 

Front light is achieved when the subject is directly lit from the front. It is not very beneficial in landscape photography because texture and form are being lost and a photograph often appears flat. I most often use it in my macro flower and raindrop Photography which has become one of my favorite photography subjects. Often overcast sky is best suited for flower photography but in this rose flower photography image I dismissed this rule. I was intrigued by the early morning sunlit red rose covered with raindrops. The front light created a sun filled, color saturated, high contrast image that provides exceptional fine detail throughout the entire image of the rose floral picture. The high contrast made the droplets appear as bright shiny diamonds and added the extra twist to make it work.

Good light and happy photo making! 


Dec 7, 2015

Photography 101: Direction of Light - Sidelight

Sidelight is very beneficial for capturing the form and texture of your photographic objects. It provides light and shadows that make your motif come alive. It also helps to convey spatial depth within the picture. In Cape Cod Solitude, I found the iconic red dinghy lit in warm hues by the morning sun. The marsh grass made for a perfect foreground that framed the boat beautifully in conjunction with the darker background. The beautiful morning sidelight was striking the red boat and brought out the form, texture and details of the boat. 

Good light and happy photo making!


Dec 6, 2015

Astrophotography - Venus, Fading Mars, Moon and Jupiter Above Singing Beach

Yesterday morning, in the wee hours, I made my way out to Manchester by the Sea on Cape Ann. I picked Singing Beach since we consider it one of the most beautiful beaches on the north shore of Massachusetts. Clear skies were in the forecast, perfect to get a glimpse of a unique planet constellation. When I arrived dawn was upon us and I immediately spotted Venus, fading Mars, the Moon and Jupiter above this Atlantic beach. The horizon was glowing in orange while the sky was painted in beautiful blue hues. The vertical format allowed me to capture parts of the beach, the amazing morning colors and the perfect alignment of the planets. I used a split neutral density filter to overcome the high contrast between dark foreground and bright background. Aperture for this sunrise picture was set f/5.6 providing 2 seconds of exposure time at ISO200.

During post processing I cleaned the image of dust spots and imperfections, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final photograph.

Good light and happy photo making! 


Dec 4, 2015

Photography 101: Direction of Light - Backlight

Backlighting is achieved when the subject is lit from behind. It is the most spectacular light we can aim for. It works magically in macro Photography where the high contrast makes the photographic subject glow from within. It can be beautifully used with translucent objects like flowers.

Good light and happy photo making!


Dec 3, 2015

Hold On To Me - Colorful Fall Color Pattern

It always fun and interesting to find colorful patterns in nature. Fall colors provide the photographer with an endless palette of beautiful hues and at or past peak we can find them on the ground. Hold On To Me, my latest compilation of autumn leaves was discovered on a trip to Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The orange and red leaves were stranded in this little alcove, calmly floating atop the water at Table Top. I positioned tripod and gear over the leaves, positioned the polarizing filter for best impact to eliminate glare and thereby boosting color and saturation and then captured a moment that won't last longer.
Good light and happy photo making!


Dec 1, 2015

15 Ways to Display Fine Art Photography in your Home

Fine art photography makes for great wall art decor. The artwork you select makes your interior more interesting and personal. In this post I compiled 15 tips on ways to display photo artwork in its best way - Enjoy!

1. Ensure the photography art fits the room and decor.

2. Create depth and perspective with decorative items in front of your hanging artwork.
3. Consider the Power of Photography and how it awakes emotions and feelings.

4. Consider the impact of the photograph's quality, its framing and placement in your home.

5. Place the focal point of the photo art near or at eye-level.

6. Relate the size of the framed fine art print to the wall size and furniture size.

7. Select Photography Art that compliments the colors of your  room in tones and hues.

8. Make a photography artwork the focal point of a room.

9. Consider appropriate lighting for you artwork.

10. Consider the best framing for your photography pictures as framing can change the look and feel of your artwork enormously.

11. Create a Harmonious Interior by carefully matching your photography fine art piece to furniture, furnishing, color and light.

12. Create a modern style and simple feel of decoration by using an even number of framed prints in same sizes and frames.

13. Hang multiple pieces on one wall in odd numbers and colors to be more visually interesting and dynamic.

14. Provide sufficient space around your artworks when hanging multiple piece on one wall so the photo art has room to breathe and isn't a cluttered compilation.

15. Hang Fine Art Photography that excites, feels right to you and that you love.

Good light and happy photo making!