Line of Surprise

It’s been quite some time since I did a blog post but I need to get back to it…  Here’s the reason why… I’ve have a great honor bestowed on me and that’s watching my youngest grandson while I’m not traveling or teaching photography.  It is an absolute joy watching him learn and to just spend time with him as he grows. It does my heart good!!!  He’s walking now and keeps an old guy like me jumping (lol)  Ok, enough personal stuff for now so let’s share a few installments of photography wisdom!

“Line of Surprise”

“Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects”, I coined this saying when I first started my photography career. I’m a full time professional master landscape photographer and I’ve been teaching photography workshops going on two decades. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m thankful for my many sponsors and clients over the years.

So, let’s jump into the heart of this article and hopefully you can take something from it to carry forward in your photographic journey. Remember it’s never too late to strengthen your photographic foundation.

When it comes to compositional elements there are more lines than any other element in the photographic world. Lines in photographs provide a path that lead the viewer’s eye.

There are many ways to show a sense of movement in a photograph, such as the arrangement of objects, the position of shapes or the flow of a river from one element to another and, hopefully, keep the viewer in the photograph. There can be several types of lines in a photograph and I’ll touch on a few over the next few posts:

Composition” is the term used for the arrangements of the elements in or the subject matter of a photograph. A successful composition draws the viewer in and pulls their eye across the whole photograph so that everything is absorbed and finally settles on the main subject of the photograph.

The “Elements of Composition” in photography are used to arrange or organize the components in a way that is pleasing to the photographer and, hopefully, the viewer. It helps to provide structure to the layout and the way the subject is presented. It also encourages or leads the viewer’s eye to roam around the whole photograph, taking in everything and ultimately coming back to rest on the main focal point.

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of “Line of Surprise”

“Photograph your Passion”

Anyone that has photographed with me knows that creeks and streams are a passion of mine! I can spend hours upon hours photographing the streams as it meanders over the rocks. More than half the time you’ll find me in the middle of the creek as I find that being in the middle allows me to capture a more dynamic image and perspective. Water is something that gives me spiritual refreshment. The sounds are very meditative and relaxing, and it helps me to find my harmony.

I think that’s one reason I truly enjoy working in the GSMNP because it has some of the most pristine streams with truly intimate settings.

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The Importance of Knowledge

I always hear the statement ”being in the right place at the right time is key” and let me tell you, I believe that to a certain extent. But being in the right place at the right time won’t do you any good if you’re not prepared with the knowledge and skill-set to capture what is in front of you. I’ve spent many years honing my craft and feel very comfortable when presented with an amazing scene! I pre-visualize my image and know exactly what camera settings I need to use to create that pre-visualization. I know what lens and tools I need to create my image.

So my parting words of wisdom are “knowledge is key”. Spend the time to truly lean the craft so when you are presented with an amazing gift you’ll know exactly how to capture it…

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Best of Light,

Ed

“Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects”

“Life is Good”

I live a blessed life! I hear many people say “wow you’re living the dream” and let me tell you… they’re right! I’m fortunate to have a great family and friends that are always supportive.  My wife is awesome, my daughter lives up the street and I see her almost everyday. My stepdaughter and grand-kids visit often. I have a job that I love and I work with my son!  It really doesn’t get much better than that 😊

So the bottom line is “God is Good”…

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– Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
– Exposure 10 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
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– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
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– Asolo
– Manfrotto

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“Sunflower Frenzy”

Well, it’s that time of year when almost all the local photographer I know are chasing sunflowers, and why not, they are a beautiful flower and always look happy. It’s funny because we all search high and low for that perfect field and whether we find it or not the search is all part of the magic and fun.

My all-time favorite was a 10 acre field on the Eastern shore we found several years ago. Last year a field in Jarrettsville, Maryland was high on my list of favorites. So far this year has provided other opportunities at different locations and maybe not quite as stellar as years past but still just as fun and beautiful.

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Singh-Ray 150mm x 150mm LB Warming Polarizer

(Top image – No filter  –  Bottom image  – LB Warming Polarizer)

Greetings,

Last week I was asked by Singh Ray to do some testing on a prototype filter. The filter was a 150 x 150mm LB Warming Polarizer.

As a disclaimer, all of my testing was done using my Nikkor 14-24mm wide angle lens attached to my Nikon D810. The lens is very bulbous and requires an extremely large filter system to avoid any sort of vignetting. I used a NISI filter holder specifically designed for the Nikkor 14–24mm lens and  holds the 150mm square filter perfectly.

During my testing, I shot a series of images. The first one with no polarization and the second with full polarization. The polarization was perfect and the warming feature made a nice addition to the filter.

Looks like I have a new “go-to” polarizer for my wide angle lens 😊

If you are interested in the filter, pre-orders can be made with a one – two month time frame, by calling Singh-Ray directly. (800-486-5501 or 863-993-4100  – 9am-5pm EST, M-F)

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
– Exposure 8 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Warming Polarizer (150mm x150mm) – Prototype
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Asolo
– Manfrotto

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Roan Mountain – Part 2

 

Roan Mountain  – Part 2

After a vigorous hike to the top of Jane Bald, we had hopes of catching a dramatic sunset. Upon reaching the summit we noticed a few storm clouds surrounding the mountain. With any mountain / high elevation weather can be very unpredictable but normally if you wait long enough things change and it can be very rewarding. However, that’s not always the case and after waiting for a good hour and a half it started to downpour. Our first thought was to wait it out and we would be rewarded (LOL), so we waited and waited and then waited some more and determined that the weather was not going to be in our favor so we started our trek down the mountain in the pouring rain. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.

As with all outdoor or landscape photography there is an uncertainty that comes in the form of “will I have and capture good light, will I reach my destination on time”, this is all part of the allure and attraction.

While the week progressed and quite a few hikes up the mountain we honestly had nothing but great light and I’m very excited to say that I came home with images to prove it 🙂

Roan Mountain will certainly make the return list 😊

Best of light,

Ed

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 1/4 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Asolo
– Manfrotto

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