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Composition

I’ve been playing with various photographic compositional techniques over the past few weeks.  Here are some shots that show you what I’ve been up to.

ANGLES

Here is my hero shot, taken on a hike in the foothills of Santa Barbara.

So, the hero shot is taken from below, so here’s a shot taken from a trail we were hiking high above the roads on the Amalfi Coast a couple of months ago.

RULE OF THIRDS

The focal point of this image is the lemurs face, which is positioned according to the rule of thirds.

And one more example from Kenya…

LEADING LINES

Walking along the tracks in Dunsmuir, CA.

DEPTH OF FIELD

Here is an image I’ve posted before on this site, but clearly demonstrates the concept.

Picture of Ladybug

Ladybug

FRAMING

An image from Matera, Italy

Matera Sassi

SHOOTING VERTICAL

This is perhaps, one of my favorite ways to shoot.  In fact, I usually have to force myself to take a horizontal shot where most people I know are forcing themselves to take the vertical.

There are loads of other examples I could post here and one day, I just might do that.  I’ve played with cropping and isolation techniques, filling the frame (another of my favorites), emphasizing foregrounds, finding patterns in nature and demonstrating scale.  All very fun and useful techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Images from Kenya

Rachel and I took a 7 week trip to Africa this past summer.  Our first stop was in Madagascar.  We volunteered with Azafady on a project where we were counting lemurs.  We’d set out each day and find a family of lemurs, attempt to identify them by their bits (male/female), watch their behavior for awhile and then move on to the next group.   Sifakas, or dancing lemurs, were my favorite, followed closely by the ring-tailed lemurs.

Ringtail Lemur

Following the trip to Madagascar, we went to South Africa to see the World Cup.  Ah, what an amazing time!  Full of energy and nothing but football fans everywhere you turned.  We were in the airport in Johannesburg when the fans from Mexico arrived – all decked out in huge sombreros, panchos and lots of singing!

Then we were off to Uganda to trek into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas before they are gone from our planet.

Mountain Gorilla

Finally, we headed to Kenya.  We got off the plane in Nairobi and heard that the wildebeest migration had begun, so we skipped out on our plans to go to Mombasa and instead headed out on a two week venture to see the highlights in Kenya.

I’ll post pictures from all of these places, but today, we have my favorite of the lions we saw in Kenya.

Lion in Masai Mara, Kenya

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Chameleon in Madagascar

It’s been a long time since I posted here.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to return to blogging here soon, but so much has been happening in my life.  Good things, but things, nonetheless, that take time away from playing with photos.  In any event, here is one image from Madagascar.  Many more are being posted on our Shutterfly site.

Picture of Chameleon

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