"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Friday, May 4, 2012

big picture

I always find it difficult to photograph the 'big picture'.
When faced with a beautiful landscape or seascape it's hard to capture what I see.
So I practised today..
I happened to be near the water & have about 20 minutes to spare...& this is what I discovered:
*A bit of coastline helps to make the photo more interesting (I deleted quite a few photos of just water & boats)

*the dry boats in the foreground helped to give this photo some focus.

*I really prefer to photograph closer up.

And a quick shot through the trees as I was leaving.
These are some of the things that we've been discussing in Kat Sloma's  "a sense of place"


  1. Leanne,
    I am really struggling with this one. "Big Picture" is the complete opposite of my vision and style. And yet, I find that I really like these types of shots when other people do them - I think you did a fantastic job with your experimentation session. You are right - the addition of the curving coastline and the line of dry boats really add interest and great lines to lead you in to the shots. Using the trees as foreground silhouettes to frame the shot was also successful. Kudos to you for doing the work!

  2. This set is very nice Leanne! I especially like the close-ups you made from the boats!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Nicely done. I really love the lines in the first shot. (I'm more of a "close up" person too.)

  4. Great experiments. I really like that "up close" one with the boats and harbor in the distance. I guess I haven't put much thought into my landscape shots, and you make me realize that I should. Do you see the {in the picture} theme plays nicely into your exploration. Good luck.

  5. Beautiful photos Leanne, I always find it amazing what you can create with just 20 mins up your sleeve... if the location is good, possibilities are endless. And I've also learnt that trick about a bit of coastline. I used to be hung up on getting as much water in the shot as possible, then realised some land and sky give the shot a whole different perspective. How I love amateur photography, I can just snap away and pick the best ones, haha.

  6. Beautiful places and fantastic views. I am greeting

  7. these are beautiful shots! it's always fun to experiment with something new.

  8. This is a wonderful set of pictures!! I have to make myself remember to sometimes capture the "big picture!" I also love the close-up that shows details and textures! You did an excellent job with this assignment!!

  9. these are so lovely, makes me long to be there and you have captured the light so beautifully

  10. Love these shots, especially the shots which include some coastline and the shot framed by leaves. I really prefer to shoot close up as well but I think you've done a great job with the 'big picture'.