I finally made it out yesterday to take some photos of the fall colors in Ashland. The Japanese garden looks great right now!
I really wasn’t happy with my original exposure because the highlights behind the tree were blown. The clouds had just cleared and created problematic lighting. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it work to my liking with a regular workflow, I went the painterly route.
I molded the light with some dodging and burning, along with some painting with light in photoshop. Then I used Topaz Impressions to get the painterly style. This was using the preset Van Gogh I.
Normally I don’t like my images this small, but this one actually looks better small. The level of detail was just right at this size, and something is lost when the image is larger. So, mini it is!
I’m going to do something a little different today and share an article that I think a lot of iPhoneographers will find useful. I think we put a lot of focus on all of the photography apps when it comes to taking photos with our phones, but the truth is you also need to spend some time learning photography techniques if you want better photos. One that I like is using leading lines in my composition.
Photo by Anne Mckinnel
How to Use Leading Lines for Better Compositions
Leading lines are like visual roadways that guide the viewer’s eye through the frame. I’ll show you how to identify and utilize a scene’s naturally occurring lines and I hope you come away with another compositional tool for your tool box.
by Anne McKinnell
A leading line paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo. Usually they start at the bottom of the frame and guide the eye upwards and inwards, from the foreground of the image to the background, typically leading toward the main subject.
The easiest place to find a leading line is on a road. Roadways are inherently leading because they go somewhere, give us a feeling of motion, and the lines often point so far inwards that they reach a vanishing point – the place where two or more lines converge into theoretical infinity.
Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-leading-lines-for-better-compositions#ixzz2ZPkjIgHK
It’s been a very rough few days for me here. Grandma has been extra anxious and forgetful. I hear she has a hard time after visitors leave and my aunt just left after staying for a few days. It’s also been rough because my new Internet got connected on the 1st but its hardly faster than what we had and comes with the added benefit of instability. It constantly drops every few minutes so I can’t get anything done on the computer. In fact, I spent over 20 minutes trying to upload a photo and post this morning before I gave up and decided to use my iPhone. Someone should be here Friday to try and fix the connection. I hope to blog more regularly after that.
Now, about this photo. I went to hakone gardens the day after I shot the wedding. I had all that great gear and wanted to use it somewhere nice. The garden was $8 to enter and they charge extra if you’re taking commercial photos. We showed up with like $7000 in gear and they didn’t think to charge us extra haha.
The pond was nice, full of turtles and koi. There was even a nice waterfall flowing into it. I think it would have been a better experience for us if there weren’t children running around like the trails were for jogging. I might go back sometime, just not soon.