You live in the most beautiful place in the world…
I’ve threatened/promised to show you where I take pictures. Oh, I don’t mean only the after shots. I mean, I’m going to show you what the places I shoot look like as you drive or walk by them.
There is a terrible misconception that you can only take interesting landscapes in “interesting” places. Visit a popular photo sharing website like 500px.com and you’d think that you could only ever take good pictures where the landscape is spectacular. It aint so.
Learning how to take photos where you live will make you a much better artist/photographer for when you do go on a photo holiday. Why spend your hard earned money paying a “photographer” to guide you to all of their “secret” spots in the best light when you can do it cheaper and more originally by yourself.
The forecast for the upcoming week around Edmonton is for unsettled and unremarkable weather so last night, Sunday, I thought it best to go out for a few pics while things looked half decent. About an hour before sunset the sky looked promising, There were light clouds overhead and the horizon wasn’t too cloudy. That’s a big part of it. If the horizon is too dark, when the sun sets, you don’t get a decent sunset. It’s always a gamble but that’s part of what makes it interesting.
The two photos below show where I took the “final” pics. This spot is along side a set of rail road tracks so public access is guaranteed. I don’t want to trespass on someone’s property. It may be out in the country but it still is their property.
Below is taken from close to where the dog was running. Changing your point of view makes all the difference.
Below is the another frame from the evening series. It was taken about ten minutes after the sun had set. That is usually my favorite time. Either that or ten or fifteen minutes before sunrise. In both instances, the light provides more depth and color than the mid day photo does. I’ll try and post more examples like this if you find it helpful. The intent of this is to demonstrate how important light and weather are when shooting landscapes. It’s not so much about where you are but when you are. Does that make sense?
A bit of technical stuff. Both of my evening shots are HDR’s processed in Photomatix, a program which I think is the BEST there is for easily achieving great results. I don’t get a penny for endorsements so don’t go to their website and type in code DANJURAK for a discount. I don’t do that endorsement stuff. This program is worth every penny.
NO FILTERS WERE USED. For all the baloney that is spewed by the “professional” photograhers on the Singh-Ray website, I don’t need em. My money is better spent elsewhere. My opinion is that most of the people that endorse the product there do so in the hope that the added exposure will drive more customers to their workshops. A great example of the blind or misguided leading the blind or misguided.
Below are small versions of the RAWs as they came out of the camera. Here is why I love HDR so much. Trust me, if there was a camera that captured the extreme range of highlight and shadow, I’d be using it and not bothering with the extra exposures. LOL