It’s Lens-Artists photo challenge time again. Patti challenges us to find something red. She started her post with the phrase “Sometimes in the middle of winter” and my brain completed the sentence with “find something red” despite she wrote “, the world is reduced to stark shades of black and white”.
Red is one of the strongest colors we have. Red means blood, fire, and danger, but also love and warmth. Also, many fruits are red, when they are ripe and thus easier to find.
It would be easy to bring up a color-key image, where everything is converted to black and white while some red spots keep their color. I was also considering some fruits.
Currently, I working on images I took in northern Norway a couple of years ago during winter. So I’d find many images of these pretty red houses surrounded by snow. (Here we have the starting line, where my mind failed in reading it correctly 😀)
Instead, I picked this pretty blossom, where the red color really pops out
Last week I was working on some images taken back in 2016 in northern Norway at the Ofotjord.
Here we have a panorama image from that pile of up to now undeveloped images. It consists of 13 single horizontal images taken with a full-frame camera. Each image has 6016×4016 pixel. So, each of them has 24 mega-pixel. All images are shot hand-held at 70mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/1600s. It’s end of February and 13:49 😳. See, how low the sun already is at 17:01h.
Another way for creating such panorama images is by taking a wide-angle lens. But this approach has a downside: you’re losing details. For getting only the interesting part of the landscape you have to cut away huge parts of the sky and probably some parts of the foreground. In the remaining part of the image, the details are very tiny. On the opposite, when taking a telephoto lens, you get smaller parts of the landscape but each of the images has more details compared to an image taken with a wide-angle lens. In the end, all these images are stuck together to get a nice panorama image like the one above.
The resulting image of this process is quite big: 23997×2391 pixel and uses about 500MB in 16bit TIFF format on my disk. Converted to JPG the size shrinks down to about 40 MB but loses some color gradings because JPG only has 8 bit per color channel. I explained the problem with 16 vs. 8-bit color-depth already in the past. Next, I resized the file for web-quality. The image above is the downsized version: 9093×900 and 1.7MB.
Click in the image to see it in a better way.
In photography as well as in painting you have certain ‘rules’ to follow when composing your image. OK, there is no must, and sometimes it is even necessary to break these rules.
‘Leading lines’ is one of them, and the rule of thirds is another important one. ‘Leading lines’ means you integrated one or more visual lines inside the image in that way, that they catch your eye and lead it to the main subject.
In this image, the main subject is the waterfall and the stairs coming from the lower left edge are leading with a positive diagonal upwards to the waterfall, while the waterfall is coming from the upper left corner (when only taking the bright and sunny part into account). In addition, they meet near the lower-right crossing of the rule-of-thirds. And the path-waterfall-connection is framed by two trees. Another rule is, to have the important parts brighter than the supplemental parts.
Don’t get me wrong. You can definitely make good images without following these ‘rules’. And sometimes it’s even necessary to break the rules to get a great image. But in general, they are the factor, that makes an image pop out of the mass or distinguish between good and great. So, my advice is, first learn the rules and follow them before you start breaking them intentionally.
Here’s a summary of 9 easy rules for building your image composition on:
- balance the horizon
- leading lines
- try to find diagonals (preferably from the lower left to the upper right corner = positive)
- rule of thirds
- frame your main subject
- bright vs. dark
- prefer landscape mode as it is more natural for our seeing experience
- use completing colors (red and green or blue and yellow)
- fill the frame
When standing on the beach and watching the waves rolling in you can every now and then find things. In the surf, you can find stones, shells, algae or other sea plants and even human waste. At the same time, the surf washes away footprints or any other mark in the sand. Heavier waves are able to form the beach and even the coastline anew. This happens usually during the winter storms.
Two and a half weeks ago, a new year started. A new year comes to us just like the waves on the ocean. Some waves are small others are bigger and some even might be shaking the foundations of life. You won’t know in advance what the year will bring to your life. You also won’t know in advance, what it will take from you. But, you have to take it and you have to cope with the…
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“I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black”
written by Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Some time ago, I heard some familiar-sounding tunes coming from my daughter’s room. Although I knew the lyrics, it sounded a bit different. It was much faster and the voice a lot higher than I had it in my mind. Surprisingly, she runs it over and over again. So, I went over to her and asked her, if she would know, how old that song is. She started guessing with 10 years than 20. before she gave up.
It’s from 1966!!! So it’s more than 50 years old!!!!
OK, she was listening to the Nightcore version of the Chiara cover which was used for the movie “The last witch hunter”. The Chiara version certainly is way younger. But, I had asked for the ‘original’ version.
In case you want to refresh your memories, I’d recommend to check out also the Chiara album version. This cover is quite good in my opinion as it transports the song from the 1960s to our current time without throwing it into the blender first. The Australian choreographer Anne Murray produced a great dance video to the song. It’s also available on Youtube.