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Nature Photography By Juergen Roth

October 21st, 2018

Nature Photography By Juergen Roth

Monthly Photography Tip: Besides cameras and lenses, a tripod is one of the most important investments for a nature photographer. High quality nature photographs are rarely achieved when hand holding your camera. A tripod is essential for low light during the morning, evening and twilight, for shooting wildlife, for macros and for experimenting with impressionistic photography. It not only steadies your shooting equipment for maximum image quality, it also will help you discover the world of photography. You are more likely to step back, think and compose the photograph. You will ask yourself: do I have a straight horizon, do I have sufficient depth of field or shall I open up the aperture setting to minimize depth of field, are there distracting elements in the foreground or background of my composition, do I even have a composition?

I personally prefer a ball-and-socket head with quick release for easy and fast adjustments. My tripod has no center column and the legs spread independently for setup on uneven terrain. The tripod collapses to almost ground level allowing me to explore ground level objects and shooting from different angles and perspectives. It is not too heavy for the longer photo excursions and trips I often pursue in the national and state parks of New England.

As an alternative, I sometimes bring a bean bag that allows me an easy, inexpensive setup at even lower levels then possible with a tripod. I also use it on rocks or positioning a telephoto lens on the hood or the roof of my car. Ready to go bean bags can be found at local photo dealers. You also can fill up your own 1 or 2 gallon size bag or freezer bag with dried beans. Add beans until the bag is nearly full but still flexible. Remove the air, zip up and you are ready to shoot.

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Digital Photo Tips for the Novice Photographer

October 21st, 2018

Digital Photo Tips for the Novice Photographer

Photo Tip #11 of 20: Use patterns, particular repeating patterns to make pictures more interesting and pleasing. Patterns are repeating shapes, objects or colors either ordered in precise formations or just random designs scattered across a scene. Patterns in a photography image create a very pleasing feel to the eye and add a new dimension to our photographs >>> Read up on More Photography Tips

Photo Tip - All About That Base - Tripod

October 21st, 2018

Photo Tip - All About That Base - Tripod

After purchasing a camera and lenses, a steady tripod is one of the next most important investments for a photographer. High quality photography images are rarely accomplished when a camera is hand held. A tripod is a must have photography gear for low light skyline, landscape or seascape photography during the early morning, late afternoon and evening. During twilight or night photography exposure times become even longer and it will be all about that base. It is a must for long exposure photography when creating silky water effects of brooks, rivers or waterfalls and it often comes in handy for shooting wildlife and macro photographs. It also is necessary when we experimenting with impressionistic or abstract photography and I >>> LEARN MORE

Good light and happy photo making!

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Digital Photo Tips Easy to Follow

October 18th, 2018

Digital Photo Tips Easy to Follow

Photo Tip #12 of 20: Take a moment right before releasing the shutter and snapping a photo. Look up, look down, look all around to make sure there is nothing distracting in the composition >>> Much More Photography Tips

Nature Photography By Juergen Roth

October 18th, 2018

Nature Photography By Juergen Roth

Nature reflection was taken during a trip west of Boston during peak Fall season in 2006. I decided to explore Hopkinton State Park but was not happy with my production of images there. It was a pretty frustrating photo excursion until I decided to leave the park and drive further along the bordering lake. At a pullout I parked my car and explored a nearby river streaming into the lake. I snapped a few tree reflections directly from the main road overpass but then discovered a path to the left banks of the river. From here things finally turned around. Close-ups of mushroom and leaves, moss covered trees and the peak Fall colors pulled me further and further along the path. About half to three quarters of a mile down the path this unexpected rock formation appeared. I immediately knew that I had a special image in front of me and started working it. The hard part was to find a spot with unlimited view of the rock formation and the Fall colors in the background. Once that spot was found I set up my tripod and camera and framed my image. I choose a mid-range focal length to cut out the boring overcast sky and selected a minimum aperture setting for maximum depth of field. I laid the focus point on the rocks since this was my main object and then started shooting away while bracketing the image to ensure proper exposure. I am always tempted to go back because it is such a great treasure and I feel I haven't explored all possibilities with this image.

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Beginner Photography Tips

October 18th, 2018

Beginner Photography Tips

Photo Tip #3 of 20: Capture photographs at the photo subject´┐Żs eye level. To do so, get down low when making a wildlife portrait, rather than standing over the animal and shooting down on it. This way we achieve a more interesting and pleasing perspective of the animal. >>> Find More Photography Tips

Cape Ann Harmony - Seascape Fine Art Photography from North of Boston

October 16th, 2018

Cape Ann Harmony - Seascape Fine Art Photography from North of Boston

In recent weeks I have been exploring and chasing the light on Cape Ann, located just a short drive north of Boston. Singing Beach is one of my favorite beaches in New England as it hidden by a scenic cliff.

Early morning is a great time to be at this location and make the best of a sunrise adventure. Beach crowds haven't arrived yet and the lighting is beautiful during dawn. This seascape photography image was taken only minutes before the sun peaked above the horizon. The sky was beautifully painted in orange and blue hues while the Atlantic Ocean surf gently greeted the sand.

I set up tripod and gear near the incoming ocean waters while studying any obviously patterns and getting wet feet. Once I composed a pleasing composition of the sea view I waited for the right wave to hit the beach.

Aperture was set to f/11 allowing an exposure time of 1/20 of a second at ISO100. A split ND filter balanced the light in the darker foreground against the brighter and colorful sky. During post processing I removed dust spots and other imperfections, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Cape Ann Harmony.

Good light and happy photo making!

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Who is your Santa?

October 16th, 2018

Who is your Santa?

Even after photographing for nearly two decades, Mother Nature still catches me by surprise. The little things that she provides near my home, at my home, or on the road still give a never ending inspiration. Just the other day, I had one of these moments when I discovered ... Learn More.

Ever wondered how ...

October 13th, 2018

Ever wondered how ...

Kermit the Frog or any other prominent person like an athlete, celebrity, movie star, or politician must feel when their personal space is invaded by a paparazzi. This nature photograph of a frog might be a good example for an out of control paparazzi. To achieve a better and more pleasing composition of the little frog, I had to get really low, hold the camera way in front of me and slowly move in closer for a frame filling photo. Although the green frog was very ... Learn More.

 

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