It’s interesting and often difficult to explain – the images that capture the attention of a photographer. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a colorful window.
A good silhouette will provide more than just a shadow that carries no possible recognition of the subject other than facial features. A good silhouette will cast ever so little light on the face to achieve just enough detail to recognize the subject of the portrait. In the case below, I have placed the model in a way that allows me to adjust my settings for the light in the frame, but not the model. Then, I make an ever so slight adjustment to allow a hint of light to splash onto the subject’s face. This creates the perfect setting to achieve the silhouette, and at the same time recognize the subject.
Yes, Christmas here is a bit different. Coming from Iowa, it did take a few years to get used to seeing Christmas trees on the beach. But now, it seems perfectly normal!
I captured this image one Christmas at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach, California. This is why we love riding our bikes on the beach. One can see so many things they would otherwise miss…like a Christmas tree.
Only 17 more shopping days till Christmas.
It’s very difficult to dismiss all the reminders that the Christmas season is quickly approaching. To those who may be holding out until the last moment to admit that, just let it go. It truly can be the most wonderful time of the year.
So maybe I will be the first to say, “From our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas season is upon up.”
The circular polarizing filter that I use on my wide-angle lens cost over $200.00. Is it really worth the expense? Can’t I just saturate the image in the processing stage? These are good questions. And here is my answer: Yes and No! Yes, it is worth the expense. And no you cannot just saturate the image in the processing stage.
For the absolute serious photographer who wants an image that is pure from overdone post processing, invest the money.
Look at this image from Yosemite National Park. This image has absolutely no post processing saturation. The sky color is created by the appropriate positioning of the photographer and the sun, and the use of a high-quality circular polarizing filter.
First make sure you are perpendicular to the position of the sun. You may need to move around to find this perspective. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Then, adjust the circular polarizing filter to achieve the desired color.
Finally, adjust your aperture setting as the polarizing lens will filter some of the light.
When you do that, you will capture an image with all the natural beauty that God intended.