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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.

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Airport News in YLW Magazine
BC Business Magazine
Digital Photography Review
Canadian Press Images
Calibrating Computer Monitor
Calgary Herald
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Nikon USA Commentary
National Post
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Vancouver Sun


Kelowna Photography News

Gimme Shelter

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 - New bus shelters designed for Harvey Ave in Kelowna were recently installed and lit up - and not just for Christmas.
The BC company responsible for the modern shelters - Tara Precision - asked me to capture a variety of shots in different times of day.
The night shots required some extra light - which I triggered with my RadioPopper transmitters. Working at a distance with traffic in between, I enjoyed the remote ability to adjust flash power from my camera.

Orchard Park Mall


Associated Engineering bridge

MLAs Crossing

OCTOBER 29, 2010 - Kelowna area MLAs Ben Stewart, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson joined in the first crossing of Kelowna's new pedestrian bridge above Harvey Ave.- a project by Associated Engineering.


Ogogrow on the go

NOVEMBER, 2010 - Gordon Light poses under new air piping added to the Kelowna/Vernon Bio-solids plant for a cover shot on TPO Magazine.
The plant produces Ogogrow - a local fertilizer/soil that provides some helpful income for the waste operation.

Invue roof view
Invue Tower Rooftop Landscaping

 

Lofty landscape

OCTOBER, 2010 - Some 20 stories above ground, the rooftop of Invue Condominium tower boasts some interesting landscaping.

I enjoyed photographing the feature for Stantec Engineering - even as it required quick adjustment of multiple flash units to blend with the sun as it changed intensity quickly while sinking into the horizon.

 

Magazine cover
Gordon Light, Operations Manager of Biosolids Plant

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