News pg. 1

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

A landscape is a section or portion of scenery - usually nature - as seen from a single viewpoint. Typically, people and animals are not shown in a landscape, unless they are relatively small in the image and have been included in the composition to show scale.

The term “Urban Landscape” describes photographs of the city taken in the manner of a landscape, using buildings and other man-made features as graphical elements of composition that are treated in the same way the photographer would treat mountains and trees.

Three styles of landscape photography are recognized - representational, impressionistic and abstract.

The representational style show scenery at its most natural and realistic way, without visual manipulation or artifice. It is a straightforward style - however, successful images are more than simple snapshots. Although the photographer adds no props or other components to a scene and does not try to “bend” reality, great attention is paid to composition and detail. Light, timing and the weather are critical elements.

The impressionistic landscape photographer employs photographic techniques that result in images that have vague or elusive qualities. They are less tangible and more unreal, while still retaining their values that make them landscape pictures. The viewer is given the impression of a landscape rather than the clear reality of one.

Abstract style could also probably be referred to as graphic style, since the components of scenery are treated by the photographer as graphic elements, arranged for their compositional values. Natural elements may be rendered as unrecognizable as shape and form take priority. Elements may be juxtapositioned for comparison or contrast, isolated by extreme close-up, reduced to silhouettes by severe underexposure, and so on. Design is more important than recognizable representation.

Continued in part 2


Kelowna Photography (older) News

Pocketwizard

Lighting : a new direction....


FEBRUARY 16, 2009-   New developments in digital cameras were progressing at a very exciting rate in the first half of this decade and continue to evolve with better features.   That progress has been supplemented with leaps in the new realm of lighting controls - particularly regarding wireless triggers for remote flashes.

The revolution began a year ago with prototypes from an independent photographer /inventor adding range and functionality to the infra-red systems developmed by the two largest camera manufacturers - Canon and Nikon.

Recently, some interesting counters have appeared from two other suppliers in the business - including the latest response from the venerable Pocket Wizards.  Here's a few links of interest introducing exciting new products in wireless flash technology.

Hi-speed radio-assist-IR controlled flash from a creative independent.

Upcoming commander providing on-camera control to varous studio monolights.

New technology just revealed from the stalwart of the remote wireless trigger industry.

First book from Kelowna Photographer

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 - Colour me proud. The first book filled completely with my photography has recently come off the presses. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fine layout created by Mary Suchocki in a hard-covered book. Unlikely to be seen on store bookshelves, it's a publication designed to showcase the fine commercial construction available from Chriscan Construction of Kelowna.

These images I shot can also be viewed online in the web galleries I created on this fine client's website Chriscan.com along with some updated text pages and indexes.

Kelowna Photographer - I shoot to thrill