Monday, December 29, 2008
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Photography is art. It is abstract. It is a passion.
An image should convey your passion, interest and excitement. If you are not shooting with this in mind you will struggle to produce images that make people go 'Wow!'.
You can get your images perfectly sharp with a text book histogram but it your images do not contain elements that excite you they will probably also not excite your viewers. In order to make better images shoot with feeling. Shoot with passion.
Ansel Adams said "There is nothing worse than a sharp photograph of a fuzzy idea."
Think before you shoot. Feel before you shoot. Don't click the shutter at a scene purely because it has been done before or you think it might look good as a photograph. You need to know. If your images don't 'talk' to you they probably won't 'talk' to other people either.
Technical knowledge is important but it should never get in the way of shooting what excites you. Ken Rockwell says on his site "Worrying about manual exposure settings and technique distracts you from your passion, just as if your lover were to stop to answer the phone in the middle of a steamy one-on-one. You need to worry about seeing, feeling, composition and lighting, NOT about f/stops as you start out."
Many people still believe that buying a newer, better camera will automatically help them produce better images. People make photographs, not cameras. A good photographer can make brilliant images with a very basic camera while many people with very fancy and expensive cameras fail to produce striking images as they lack passion and vision.
Here are two if the images that got me quite excited the last two days.
Fantastic build up of clouds over Tlou Dam in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The front paw of a very large male lion that produces the tracks we spend endless morning walking after.
It might not always be the obvious, but shoot what excites you. Don't think about it, just do it!
As always I look forward to hearing from you!
Until next time.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If you have ever been to the Madikwe Game Reserve you will know that the Inselbergs are one of it's defining features.
This panorama shows the road on the western fence line close to the Wonderboom Gate and the Inselbergs as they stretch into the reserve from Botswana in the North. You can click on the image for a larger view.
Until next time.
This image defines a certain feeling or emotion. Pride? Confidence? Longing?
This image defines the open spaces of Africa. This image was one of my first attempts at stitching three images together to create a panoramic view of the southern parts of Madikwe. The clouds bring a certain element of emotion. Conflict perhaps?
Monday, December 15, 2008
This was the result after the fractillus filter was applied, nice thing about this, is that the line sizes can bne changed to completely warp the image, or make it more realistic like this.
I created a second layer and dropped the oppacity of this image after I added serious grain to it, which gave this image a classy feel to it.