High risk photography: Wedding edition

High risk photography: wedding edition

High risk photography: wedding edition

High risk photography comes in many forms. This particular photographer brought high risk photography into a rare subject area: weddings. When we think of wedding photography, we probably picture mostly highly-posed photographs that document an event.

Now, that is of course a very broad generalization and I am aware that there are amazing, talented wedding photographers striving for all different types of photography styles within their work. Still, I venture to guess that a wedding photographer’s pitch rarely starts with “and I offer these amazing high risk photography sessions…” Continue…

Fun with rain drop photographs

Rain drop photographs taken on my iPhoneThis summer, I was asked to judge a photography contest for Fuji Film that focused on flowers. There were hundreds of entries to sift through and multiple categories including color and black & white.

I have to admit that looking through all the beautiful submissions got me excited to try a few things when the opportunity arose, including taking these rain drop photographs. The lighting was perfect this rainy morning and since I didn’t have my DSLR camera handy, I just used the iPhone camera for these shots. With the newer smart phones, the ability to control depth of field and force exposure is pretty phenomenal. Not as much control as we like to have with our DSLR cameras, but still quite a bit (even without filters).

Was there anything you’ve seen a photograph of lately that you looked for an opportunity to emulate like these rain drop photographs? Were you able to capture it similar to how you saw the other photographer present the shot? I think it can be a really valuable lesson to practice trying to copy something you see. Whether you are able to or not, you will definitely come away with a new appreciation of the complexity of photography!

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Capturing waterfall photographs

Waterfall photographs taken with slow shutter speeds

Waterfall photographs taken with slow shutter speeds

Living in the upstate, we are surrounded by amazing landscape opportunities involving water. There are dozens of waterfalls, streams, lakes, and rivers to explore with our cameras. Waterfall photographs are some of the most interesting options for exploring slow shutter speed photography when you are just starting out. You know the photographs I mean: the ones where the water smooths out and looks like silk. That effect is created by using extended shutter speeds when taking waterfall photographs to “smooth out” the motion and details of the water.

When learning about photography, it’s best to learn tips from the best. I ran across the following article by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson on shooting waterfalls and I think he has some solid tips.

Waterfall photographs taken with slow shutter speeds

Waterfall photographs taken with slow shutter speeds

Contributing editor Jim Richardson is a photojournalist recognized for his explorations of small-town life. His photos appear frequently in National Geographic magazine.

Perhaps unlocking one creative door opens another.

Somehow that’s how I felt dashing back to the Zodiacs to leave Thistle Fjord in Iceland, flush with confidence from my photographic encounter with the bird wing. If I could break through that creative barrier, what other challenges would succumb to me? Continue…

Wildlife photography competition winners

wildlife photographyWildlife Photography competition

Show us the world through your lens

An image can alter the way we see, think and feel. Whether captured in the most remote wilderness or taken in the intimacy of your own backyard, a truly great image of nature can change our world view forever.

Be part of a global competition that recognizes and rewards the achievements of emerging talent and established names in wildlife photography. And make change happen. Continue…

National Geographic Photography Contest

Gas bubbles rise underneath ice in this photograph.

Although this was from 2011, I couldn’t wait to share this link. The photographs are beautiful and confusing and stunning all at the same time.

National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers.

See all the photos here: National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 – In Focus – The Atlantic.