It’s Time to Get Out

Over this last week i have blogged about office work and techniques that can help get things moving faster. Well as useful as some of that might have been, truly the most useful advice is just to get out of the office. It’s the sad reality of our work that we have to spend time behind the computer in order to push forward with any photography business, but that can’t be the only thing. So as the blog title says, it’s time to get out.

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It doesn’t really matter where or when but at some point it’s necessary to get out shooting this weekend. I implore all of you to do just that because the drive of the photographer must always be the capturing of that which hasn’t been captured. As important as technique might be it’s certainly not everything.

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Whether it’s a sporting event, an airshow, a concert whatever go to do something. It really doesn’t matter try something new, or something familiar anything is good when you’re out with a camera in hand.

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For those of you in the wildlife realm it’s a perfect time to be out. The Fall migration is here, ruts are happening and the critters are starting to look there best. Especially those mammals whose thick winter coats are coming in.

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Sometimes it’s best just to take a drive and stare at the Fall color. It’s better than staring at these monitors.

What matters most in the Fall

The Fall season has always been marked with the changing of the leaf’s and the desire to capture that radiant energy from them. When we break down all that color it comes down to nothing more than the repetition of single leafs. While i was at Silver Lake i looked for a single leaf in different scenarios that would stand on its own. I found a few but there are still more to find.

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I like most of you have seen many photographs of leafs either on the ground, against a rock, in the water or in some grass. It always intrigued me to find some a series of those images and put them together. One of the basic rules of photography is the rule of thirds, which states in every image must be a foreground, middle ground and background. Well often is a foreground that really sucks, like a rock, a stump a branch or who knows what else. A leaf though, just the leaf, can be pretty cool. Nothing more to the image than just that, a leaf in its element.

Image captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Red and Yellow makes Orange

Yesterday morning didn’t end at Mono Lake but with a drive around June Lake. In this 14mile stretch is some gorgeous fall color that goes along the streams, through the canyons and around the lakes. As it was pointed out this morning and with numerous examples, fall color look great back lit. It brings out more color in the leafs and more variation in the patterns. Next biggie is having a dark background. Having something dark behind the treas again make those leafs pop.

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One of the best examples is with the water. The dark blue behind the leafs shines through the leaves giving great drama. However, when i took this shot i was in vivid, which i do like for fall color but not in every scenario. In this case it seemed to much, or i choose the wrong trees for the shot. Whatever it maybe something still bugs me about the shot and will need some further exploration.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 70-300vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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