If you've followed our Photography 101 series from the beginning, congratulations! We've covered the fundamentals of photography -- from composition to lighting to color theory -- and hope our guest photographer-led tutorials have helped sharpen your visual eye and given you tips for using your camera.
Now that you've graduated from this section on the nuts and bolts of photography, let's talk more about the post-shooting process.
“Hi, my name is Jeff, and I’m addicted to gambling.”
I gamble on the weather.
When it comes to landscape photography, the more dramatic the weather the better. And my “habit” is to gamble that I’ll get the shot I want before the weather closes in. To me there is nothing more boring than a crystal clear, cloudless blue sky when it comes to my landscape photographs.
No clouds = no drama.
No drama = boring photograph.
And that’s how my habit keeps me going back over and over until I get the photograph I want.
Sometimes, in some of the worst weather I’ve ever encountered.
My gambling habit requires me to pay close attention to the weather when planning a photo outing. Both for safety reasons, (notice the near white-out conditions and avalanche debris field in the above photo of Tuckerman Ravine), and to help increase the odds I’ll get the dramatic light and cloud filled sky I’m after.
If there is a weather system moving through, and there is even a chance that the sun will find a break in the clouds near the horizon at or near sunrise or sunset, I want to be there to capture it.
Imagine this next photo with no clouds in the sky.
Even with the clouds, this was a gamble I feel I lost. The weather to the west slammed the door on the sun well before sunset, thus leaving me with an image I’m not entirely happy with. More than a few people have told me they really like this photo. When I look at this, and other “weather gambles” that didn’t fully pay off, quite often all I see are the photos I didn’t get.
Yet another push deeper into my habit.
Here are a few more examples, most are images you may have seen in earlier posts, where my habit of gambling on the weather didn’t pay off entirely the way I’d hoped.
My new calendars are ready for purchase, and this year you have three options.
Best of all, the prices are lower than last year!
Your 3 options are:
Premium calendars are 13.5″ wide x 19″ tall, and are printed on 100# white gloss cover stock.
Price – $22
Standard calendars are 11″ wide x 8.5″ high (closed), 11″ wide x 17″ high (open)
Printed on 100# unlaminated white cover stock.
Price – $15.99
Wildlife – Standard
The same specifications as the Standard calendar above, featuring some of my favorite wildlife images.
Price – $15.99
Clicking on any of the images, or 2014 Calendar in the side bar, will bring you directly to the online store.
As of now there is no Premium version of the wildlife calendar, but if there is a demand I will gladly create one.
Please contact me via the Contact form, or comment on this post if you’re interested in a premium version of the wildlife calendar, or if you have any other questions.
Price does not include shipping.
In the year 1692, during the months of June, July, August, and September, in Salem, Massachusetts, 14 women and 6 men are put to death.
All are tried and convicted of being witches.
300 years later the names of those wrongfully executed were memorialized in granite.
There were many more imprisoned under suspicion of being witches, at least 5 died while in prison.
And read about some of the key figures involved, HERE.
For it is All Hallows Eve and a witch is about.
Stay to the road and avoid the woods, being ever mindful of the sun. When the shadows lengthen as dusk draws near, it is wise to seek shelter for the evening.
The night belongs to her.
Should you find yourself on the road after dark, be ever vigilant, moving in silence, lest her gaze befall you.
“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential.
Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance.
Always, I am on the threshold.”
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Have you ever made a photograph that you just weren’t sure about? Not sure if it was good enough to keep, good enough to share, should it simply be deleted?
This is one of those photos.
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Time and again I go through my archives, looking for both good photos I’ve long since forgotten, and photos that should have been deleted long ago.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m brutal when it comes to my photos and whether they stay or go. My last stroll through my archives was no exception, the carnage was massive. Several hundred image files got the axe.
Yes I know, I’ve heard all the arguments, “storage is cheap,” and “who knows what image editing technology might be coming,” blah, blah, blah.
As far as I’m concerned, if I look at an image and know for a fact it will never see the light of day, never be printed, never be shared on my Facebook page, or be uploaded to me website, it has no business taking up space on my hard drive. A crap photo is a crap photo.
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But back to the above image.
For some reason I can’t bring my self to delete it, and until now I’ve never shared it. There’s just something about it that has saved it many times from being unceremoniously slapped with the delete key.
Am I missing something? Should the executioner’s axe claim another victim?
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