Winter is almost over, and I can start thinking about going outside again. Winter here in Canada can be pretty rough. And long! But when it comes to Summer we have it made. This is a fantastic time to get out and shoot. For nature people like myself, it’s particularly amazing. Sunrise starts around 5 in the morning, and doesn’t go down until around 10 at night. So making the most of the days is paramount.
This is one of my favourite places to shoot in the Summer. And sunsets always make great shots 🙂
This is a really wide shot from up on a boulder. I love how the forced perspective gives an even grander sense of scale. The other thing I tried to focus on here is the colour. I love colour in my photos. Rarely do I process in Black and White. Not to knock it, I just really appreciate the warmth it can bring. Makes things pop a little more.
One thing I try and do more and more with landscapes, is take them with a telephoto lens instead of a wide angle. This may come naturally to some. But for me it took awhile to get used to. Wide angle lenses have always been my go to. I like the size and scale, with the disappearing horizons. But with a telephoto you get this cool effect known as lens compression. This is often referred to as tunnel vision. This is where the foreground and the background appear to get closer together. Quite the opposite of wide angles which push these two elements further away. The result can be epic. Like a mountain range appearing to be towering over a valley, when it could be miles away. Or in this case, a storm cloud sitting onto of the lake!
One neat thing to try is to also widen your aperture, as to single out a closer subject, while leaving your background slightly out of focus, and therefore appear further still. But yet close enough that it looks like you can still touch it.
This Summer I was lucky enough to join in, part way through the craziness, that was Trey Ratcliff’s photowalk across America. And it was ridiculously crazy. From the minute I landed for my 2 day whirlwind trip to Nashville, it was nothing but heat, heat, and a lot of sweaty photography.
I chose to join this one in particular because my friend and mentor Bob Young happened to be helping out to organize the event. I figured this would be a good opportunity to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the overworked, and totally talented, crew behind the Arcanum.
For those of you that might not have heard of the Arcanum, it’s a great online photography mentoring site started by Trey and some colleagues. I highly recommend checking it out.
This shot was from the first night I arrived. I was staying at a hotel right across the bridge from downtown. Which is where all the coolest stuff in Nashville is! And where the photowalk was going to start the next day.
I hit the ground running and spent the whole first day and night walking around downtown with my headphones in, taking shots. I’m not a country fan by any means. But I am still able to appreciate this city. It’s full of cool looking churches, bars on every corner, and stores that sell boots, well pretty much everywhere. It’s a little ridiculous… But somehow awesome at the same time.
I walked back across the bridge with a pizza, and stopped to get this shot before I went home to FaceTime my wife. Who would like nothing better than to be surrounded by country at all times, and is kinda upset I went without her… sorry about that ;(