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Friday’s Pictures – Foggy Landscape

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Foggy Landscape. It’s summer now and the heat is making me crave colder scenery. Take a look at these beautiful photos and dream for a moment of a perfect foggy day.

The Deeper I Go, The More Knowledge I Know

Photo by: Thomas Hawk | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Beautiful picture of a California beach. I love the monotone colors and the subtle layers.

Quiet foggy day on the parkway

Photo by: Captjn | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Wonderful photo. Love the warm tones and the way the road guides your eyes to the fog.

london calling

Photo by: greenhem | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Classic winter landscape with naked trees and a cold monotone light. Amazing pic.

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Motion Blur – How to

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Golden Zephyr

Photo by: Joe Penniston | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Great crisp photo of an object in motion.

As I talked about it in the comments of a previous post, you can achieve this sense of moving through space by following the subject’s motion with your camera while pressing the shutter button. It is called panning.

In this case the photographer shot it with a somewhat long exposure (1/20) and small aperture (f 25).
To do your own motion photos you will have to try different settings, depending on the time of day (light) and speed of the object but you can start by setting your camera for shutter priority (which is the “S” on your camera mode dialer) and set it to 1/30 or less. In the shutter priority mode your camera will “force” the aperture to give you enough light to make a well exposed picture. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you will have to try different settings. To do this switch the camera mode dial to manual (“M”) and try different apertures with the same slow shutter speed until you get the perfect exposure.

I find it helpful to experiment this technique in the side of a road where cars pass by. You will not have lack of moving subjects that way.

This is one of the first basic lessons I’ve learned that helped me understand how my camera works and how to take better photos with it.

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Friday’s Pictures: Fresh Summer

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

To celebrate the beginning of summer the theme this week is Fresh Summer.

Fresh feet

Photo by: Bernat Casero | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The freshness of this picture is superb. I love the chipped nail polish and the crisp reflection. It evokes summer play and fun.

Beautiful Beach

Photo by: esther** | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Transparency, freshness and calmness are the words that pop in my head when I see this crisp clean photo of a beautiful beach, the sky and the surf.

Felicidad

Photo by: Landahlauts | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This one reminds me of my childhood in the beach and how fun it was playing with my sister in the surf.
Amazing back lit photo where you can feel the energy and enthusiasm of the children even without seeing their faces.

phiphi don   ☼

Photo by: Paulo Brandão | License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Love the boats. The turquoise water and the background mountains instantly send me to a tropical island on holidays, even if for just a second. A girl can dream, right?!

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Friday’s Pictures: Moving in a Train Station

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Moving in a Train Station, be that a train or a human.

I find trains a fascinating subject. Train stations are one of my favorite places to photograph. Strangers in a hurry, moving trains, tearful rendezvous… You will never run out of subjects.

ghost station

Photo by: Matthias Rhomberg | License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Beautiful use of light and motion. The hint of the woman makes it for me.

catch the train

Photo by: gato-gato-gato | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This photo is not framed nor in focus, yet it makes use of that to give us the sense of urgency of the stranger trying to catch the train. Love the gloomy overall feel given by the black and white. Perfect example of a good photo breaking many rules.

the dystopian traveller

Photo by: txiribiton | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Another example of a gloomy visual feeling made possible with texture, desaturation and framing. Makes us feel like we are spying the lonely voyage of this stranger. Notice the use of a square frame to emphasize the high ceiling and give the traveler a more fragile look.

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Shallow Depth of Field – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.


Photo by: autan | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the crispness of this picture but also the softness brought by the shallow depth of field. Lovely picture of a plum tree in bloom.

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Friday’s Pictures: Macro Abstract

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Macro Photography so extreme that it becomes abstract.

UV Light

Photo by: Beo Beyond | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the shapes and the neon color contrast with the black background.

Flower Macro at 1:1

Photo by: Douglas Brown | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

It’s part of a flower, that much I can tell. Love the composition and bright colors.

Succulent (Titanopsis) macro

Photo by: Martin Heigan | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The fractal texture does it for me. It’s amazing the things we usually miss with our bare eyes.

Super Macro Eye

Photo by: Felipe Alonso | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This macro photo of the human eye has great colors and light.

Something that we can learn from these photos: attention to detail, awareness of graphic composition and very good lighting make great photos.

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Rain – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons (CC) library and feature it as CC of the Week.


Photo by: Gregory Bastien | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Love the shades of grey, the texture and the mood of this rainy day photo.

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Self Portraits

Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a narcissist, maybe it’s because of my old compulsion to document everything (you can read more about that here) or maybe because I have no one else taking my picture but I really like self portraits.

looking for the self

Photo above by: [phil h] | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I like to take them and I enjoy looking at other people’s too. Creative people always take the best self portraits.

Car Ride 18/30

Photo above by: ex.libris | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

To take a good self portrait you have to be comfortable with your camera and with yourself. To do that you need to take a lot of them. Just pick up your camera and point it at yourself or at any reflecting surface and then SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT!

me bored again

Photo above by: Hrabina von Tup Tup | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

You can also use a tripod and a timer for a more polished portrait.

Try different camera angles (above your head, at eye level, etc.) different facial expressions (silly ones will make you laugh and you can just erase them later if you don’t like them), strange places, with your friends, different reflective surfaces, etc..

Maybe I Wrote in Invisible Ink

Photo above by: Thomas Hawk | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Bisoux

Photo above by: Helga Weber | License: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Express your mood. Say something about yourself with it. Have fun.

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