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I spent the night at Niagara Falls Sunday and was greeted with a wonderful sunrise Monday morning. I managed to grab this shot of the Horseshoe Falls before getting too wet from the mist. That big plume in the middle of the shot is a towering jet of spray that shots up 15 stories or more and sprays the area like a rain shower. Big tip I wish I had thought of – bring a rain cover for your camera even if it is beautiful out. I was soaked by the time I was done and so was the camera!
I’ll write more later on my experience. It was mixed to say the least.
Morning everyone. This is a crazy week so a lot of post and go this week I’m afraid. However I wanted to share this picture of the Cheltenham Badlands. It’s a bizarre place – erosion due to poor farming practices in the past exposed all the shale formations under the soil. It looks like the surface of mars only with annoyingly green weeds and ugly trees. I decided to leave them out of the frame and just concentrate on the ground.
Special thanks to new friend Kevin Pepper who invited me along. Kevin is working with my good buddy Rick Sammon on a very cool trip to Catatumbo Lightning expedition in Venezuela. I really need to save up for that trip. How freakin cool is that??
I enjoy photography. I think I’m pretty good at it. I’m not the greatest photographer out there, but I think I’ve taken more decent shots than random luck would account for. People ask me all the time “how do you take pictures like that” or “I wish I could take those kinds of pictures.” I’m here to tell you today that you can take pictures every bit as good as mine if not better. There is no technical reason you can’t. There is no great secret to taking a good photograph – but there are some rules. Below are a few of mine to help you take your work to the next level.
Light is everything: All a camera does is record light. That’s it. Light comes in, hits the film or a sensor, light gets recorded. If the light is great, the pictures are a long way to being great. If the light is dull, flat, harsh, ugly, etc …then you have some work cut out for you. Great light can make ordinary scenes magical. Bad light can make the Grand Canyon look like a big hole in the ground. Watch how sunlight changes every day and you will start to see when it looks best. It’s not great mystery – any photographer will tell you it’s the time around sunrise and sunset. If you can shoot then, odds are already in your favor.
OK Light is ALMOST everything: Everything I just said is true, and if we lived in a perfect world, we would only shoot during those “golden hours.” Unfortunately, life isn’t perfect and sometimes..most of the time..I have to shoot when my schedule allows, not when the sun is optimal. You can take great shots at noon under blinding bright light. You can. Time of day is not an excuse to not shoot. Look around for things that look cool with the harsh contrast. Find things in the shade. Learn how the light looks and you can use it to your advantage.
It’s not the camera…unless it is: I’ve never owned a professional level camera. I work for a living and spending several thousand dollars for a camera is way outside of my budget. I started with an entry level Nikon D40 and have moved up over the years to a new Nikon D7000. It’s a fantastic camera but it’s not a pro-level camera. It does, however, produce pro-level images. How do I know that? I have eyes. I can see that the images I take are fantastic - at the camera level at least. My ability to take a great shot is not held back by my consumer level camera. It sounds trite, but the best camera in the world is the one you have with you when you need it.
I was wandering around downtown Toronto over the weekend looking for scenic spots to shoot for an upcoming composition class for The Digital Photo Academy, and just fell in love with all the bright colors and non-stop motion of China Town. It was odd being there a week after being in China Town in NYC, it could have been the same place. This is just a handheld grab, but I’m going back over the weekend to get more. Fantastic place – and the food was pretty tasty too.