The Importance and Effect of Negative Space

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Negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your image (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). For example; the house and tree in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion. It can create a sense of bleakness, desolation, spaciousness and it can strengthen the positive atmosphere in your image. In summary, depending on what story you want to tell, the use of negative space affects it all. It can either emphasize all of these aspects or take away from your main subject if used incorrectly!

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  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/122
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Welcome Back Ed

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Good Morning,

“Forgive me for I have sinned” just a figure of speech…  But it has been quite some time since my last blog post and to be honest there’s no sense in me being that unenergetic!  Life seems to have a way of changing your plans or preoccupying your main focus. Not to be making excuses, but we had a busy season last year and at the end of that season it was nice to take a break and focus on family. However, now that the new year has kicked off and our workshop season has already started I wanted to keep current with my ramblings and thoughts on my blog.

With one wildly successful winter workshop down, (Blackwater Falls) and our second winter workshop (Letchworth) kicking off next weekend I’m really excited about working and sharing information again.  There is no better feeling than working with people and watching for that “aha” moment when they actually understand and can relate to what you’re teaching.

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  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 14-24mm f/2.8 @14mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • FotoDiox 145mm Polarizer
  • Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.3 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

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Crystal Mill

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Greetings,

Zach and I just got home from teaching a workshop in stunning Colorado and what a great time it was! All of our workshops are intense learning experience for everyone and for us it’s no less than an awesome adventure!

Before our workshop started Zach and I thought we would visit Crystal Mill and I can honestly say it was the most adventurous road we have ever driven. When people tell you, it’s a rough road and only a four-wheel-drive vehicle will make it is certainly an understatement (lol). We had a new 2016 Toyota 4Runner with high clearance and believe it or not it was a challenge for that. Of course it had stock tires and would’ve been much better equipped if it had some nice all terrains on it. The weather was a little undecided and was pouring the snow down in the mountains which allowed me to capture slightly more drama than the typical mill shot.

All in all, it was a tremendous adventure and I look forward to the next one 🙂

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.5 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX

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Happy First Day of Autumn,

As summer is quickly ushered out I see the ever present signs of autumn everywhere. Daylight hours shrink and temperatures drop, the trees are starting to exhibit their colorful coat of painted glory. The farmers work feverishly to gather the crops as they have done as their fathers before them. The birds and squirrels seem to be working overtime in preparation for the winter months. The sounds and smells of autumn are unmistakably crisp and welcoming. Like an old friend your well-worn sweater accompanies you on those early mornings as you start your daily rituals. Starting a new season is always bittersweet but time stops for no one and life marches on.

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – one seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

 

Advantages of Using a Polarizer

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Greetings,

I wanted to take a minute to talk about polarizers and their usefulness. Now trust me when I tell you not all polarizers are equal (lol) and I’ll come back to this comment.

I get asked all the time if I shoot with a polarizer and the answer is, yes I do. The next questions is do I leave a polarizer on the front of my lens all the time and the answer would be absolutely not. There are certain shooting situations that dictate whether I use a polarizer or not. For example, when I’m shooting creeks and streams I always use a polarizer and any time there seems to be glare or shininess on subjects (wet leaves or fog) a polarizer will certainly help. Polarizers work best at a 90° angle to the light source or Sun in the landscape shooters case. I’ve included two images one with a polarizer and the other without showing the difference between the two images. Some may say it’s subtle and not enough to worry about but for me I think the advantages are huge.

I’ve used many polarizers over the years and my all-time favorite is the Singh-Ray LB Color Combo! It enhances the warm colors and subtracts two stops of light and for a landscape photographer this is a good thing!

(Singh Ray – “heaton10” for a 10% discount on all Singh Ray Filters)

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Ramblings from the White Mountains

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Greetings,

Zach and I just wrapped up a seven-day photography / camping trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We took the new camper and I have to say it was a nice upgrade over our normal tenting. Having water and electric plus A/C (although we didn’t really need it) was perfect not to mention being able to setup our laptops and edit was a nice treat. WiFi was an issue but we just used the hotspot on our phones for a quick upload to Facebook.  We spent a lot of time roaming the White Mountains in exploration of photo opportunities which seem to be abundant. They are spread out, but so are many of the iconic areas, so this was nothing new to us. There were numerous waterfalls in the area and if you head down to the Lakes Region you’ll find countless lakes and reflections.

I have two complaints: One – they charge for all of the spots one wants to visit and two, we had a tough time finding overviews without hiking three or 4 miles (for the most part) straight up. Now, for a younger man (let’s just say a much better shape guy) this would not be an issue but for me it was certainly a challenge.

One of the highlights was visiting Mt Washington and the spectacular views it afforded. Now let me clarify that last statement, because once you arrive to the peak of the mountain a huge percentage of the time it is fogged in with little or no visibility. However, the journey up and down the mountain had breathtaking views.2016-7683-1

Here are a couple of sunrise images of Chocorua Lake. The opening image is using my Singh-Ray 10 stop Mor-Slow ND filter to push the exposure time allowing me to flatten out the lake and blur the movement in the clouds. The second image is just before the sun peaked the horizon using my Singh-Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer.

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC (Top Image – 52mm, Bottom Image – 35mm)
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – (Image 1) – two minutes, (Image 2) – two seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Aspens

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Greetings,

I had the honor of doing a “Why” segment with my friend Skip Cohen this morning that will air later today and it prompted me to sit down and write this blog post.

Last year I spent some time in southern Colorado near Aspen and Crested Butte photographing and scouting for some workshop locations. Needless to say I came away with some amazing images and outstanding locations which I’m extremely excited to revisit this year with our workshop group.

I wanted to share this image of a group of aspen trees near Crested Butte. That area has some of the most pristine aspen trees in the country.

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC @140mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
  • Exposure – 1/750 seconds
  • Aperture – f/2.8
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed