Catch me if you can...
This was taken on one of the trails by my home... This is our 6 month old Alaskian Malamute named Sam and his new friend names Lupo... 163
Let me know any suggestions on how to make the shots better because these are going up on her website.
Thanks for sharing.
This was taken on one of the many TransCanada Trails (Fielding Park/Kelly Lake) in my area in the Greater City of Sudbury, Ontario.
There is open water here year round and there are in total 8 swan that winter here plus many, many ducks... and now the geese have come back.
Tis a beautiful area and quite a site to see with all the birds there.
Added a few more.. :)
Man and Mural
I snapped this while walking around San Francisco. There is clutter in the background, but the mural and the man seem to work ok together.
A Walk in a Desert Garden
When Wim and I were in Arizona we spent one day in the desert garden located in Phoenix/Scottsdale. The glass sculpture was done by Dale Chihuly. He is also going to add one of his sculptures to Frederick Meijer Garden's near us. We found them very colorful, and I will be posting more later. Arizona 21 Arizona 22 Arizona 23 Arizona 24
A Good Example . . . .
Even bad photos can be a good example (of what NOT to do, of course). I had to get this photo quickly, and was so focused on getting the girls to sit still and smile, that I never looked at the wall behind them . . .
On the other hand, this background is one with the subject.
backgrounds, sort of
Brushing with the clouds...
I think this is probably my best shot taken so far this year. I took this down the end of my road; I set out because I sensed an unusual sunset was unfolding, and it turns out I was right. I just sort of shot this as soon as I got down there - I didn't count on it being my favourite from the whole trip! Some post editing done in Photoshop CS3, mainly to balance the colours and foreground exposure.
So, do you agree? Any opinions, critique etc are most welcome.
I decided to put this in for the challenge as well as all the background elements seemed to fall into place quite nicely. I'll pretend I did this on purpose and that this took me about 10 minutes of setting up the composition, etc. Definitely not a quick snapshot. No siree. Ahem. But I WAS probably thinking about the background as I snapped - it is something that I've been trying to improve on lately. :P
Challenge - Background Checks
I am not sure if these apply to the challenge. I was taking the girls to school this am and I have been waiting so long for the fog to be on this small lake we go by every morning. I missed it once so I was very happy to see it again! I jumped out and snapped a few in my house coat and slippers. That was special as the cars were streaming by.....
I hope this qualifies. T'was my Mother's 85th B'day and I couldn't do too much with the flowers. It seems to me that 'sometimes nothing is a real good background'. I paraphrase Paul Newman. 8-) Mom_flowers
Your critiques are welcomed. Thanks in advance.
Challenge: Background Checks
Thanks to Fuzzy and Enigmaticfaerie for the first two challenges on design basics. This is the third of the series. This challenge builds off the rule of thirds and filling the frame. I am posting this early because I am traveling in India on business right now and don't know if I'll be in a position to post it on the 11th. Would one of the editors please do their thing in terms of getting this set as the challenge at the right time. Thanks.
I have entitled this challenge "Background Checks". No, I'm not talking about the kind you get when you apply for a job or sign up to coach your kid's soccer team. I am talking about one of the most basic elements of photographic composition--the background of the photograph. Joel Sartore (National Geographic Photog) advises to start your composition from the background and move forward. This means watching for branches growing out of heads. It means checking the edges of the frame to make sure there aren't any strange things there. Most importantly, it means making the background an integral part of the image.
If this is new territory for you, I suggest first starting with making sure the background doesn't create problems for you. When you get more comfortable with this concept, start working to incorporate the background as an integral part of the image. Let's keep to new images with this challenge.
I have included several images below in which I tried to make the background an essential element of the image. So, give it a go. When composing your images, let your eye wander around the viewfinder. Start from the background and work your way forward. Take your time. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
P.S. jam9663 has agreed to host the next challenge.