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LANDSCAPES part 2

These quick tips are not essential to every landscape picture you take, but bear them in mind and apply them judiciously to improve your scenic images.

* A foreground object will help to frame the scene and add a look of three-dimensionality.
* Frame the scene so that it contains a center of interest - an object that draws the viewer's eye into the picture.
* Placing the center of interest off-center, in accordance with the Rule of Thirds, will create a harmonious composition.
* Placing the horizon a third of the way down from the top or bottom of the frame is usually much better than having it in the middle of the scene.
* Scale can often be important to the understanding of a landscape, and can be achieved by including an object of a known size in the scene. People, animals or other recognizable objects that would naturally belong in the scene are suitable for showing scale.
* The quality of lighting is perhaps the most influential attribute of a successful landscape. Waiting for interesting lighting that is moody, dramatic or diffused usually pays off in a memorable photograph.
* Ensure that your camera's flash is turned off when shooting landscapes, unless you require it to brighten a foreground object. Flash in a dusty, misty or foggy scene may cause flare by reflecting off the droplets of moisture or dust particles.
* Use a tripod to ensure sharpness, especially in low-light conditions.
* Watch for unsightly or unnatural elements such as overhead wires, hydrants, poles and garbage cans, especially in the foreground. If you cannot easily move them, reposition yourself to a camera angle that eliminates them from the frame.

Continued in part 3

More sources ....

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


Kelowna Photography News

Grand Photography

AUGUST 30, 2012 - The Okanagan's largest and most luxurious hotel needed some new photos this summer to update the company's website and marketing materials.
Purchased by Delta Hotels last year, the Grand Okanagan Resort is ideally situated on the shore of Lake Okanagan.
I enjoyed photographing a range of the suites for the company using my full-frame D800 with ultra-wide angle lenses and portable flashes.

Grand Okanagan


Kelowna photojournalism

Kelowna classroom turned inside-out

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - Technology and new trends have turned education around in some classrooms in the Okanagan this year. One biology teacher at Okanagan Mission Secondary School directs her students to her posted online video lectures for homework, opening up classroom time for discussion and lab work.
I recently captured images to illustrate this for a feature story in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Architectural Art

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - The Art of Fine Living is alive and well in the Okanagan's largest city of Kelowna.
The comfortable lifestyle prevalent in the community is reflected in many artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
Here is the open design of kitchen flowing to dining area, living area and beyond that I captured, among others, last month for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there are potential awards on the line through the Canadian Home Builders Association..

Tommie Awards photography

Older items -

Beautiful Bride
Kelowna Ladies make News
Patio photos published
My Revolutionary new Camera
Artistic Architecture Fine Furniture
Helping the ladies Big heart in little runner
Engineering projects Ogogrow on the grow
Skogie Cleaning Up Bear Guards new Park
Combatting Cancer Okanagan Olympians
Lighting technology improves 

Builder's book of my photos


Airport publication awarded

Forest Fires hit Westside