Three very different styles of photography were demonstrated by just one of the photographers who joined the Photography Weekend last week.
At the start of these Photography Weekends, I ask everyone to show some of their photographs. This is a great way to get people sharing and break down any inhibitions. It also gives me a good idea of exactly where people are with their photography and how I can best help them improve. I often adjust the entire weekend to best suit these needs after I have reviewed the photographs people bring.
Last week I was really impressed by the wide variety of photographs. There were some simple family snaps from a lady who was just starting in photography and wanted to learn how to use her new Nikon D40 before she went on a holiday to Sri Lanka. There were some really ‘way-out’ images from young lady with an extraordinary eye for abstract (more of her’s pictures soon), and there were some fantastic close-ups from another lady – one of my regular students- who positively refuses to look at anything unless it is in fine detail and just 12 inches from the lens.
Stewart McLaren (that’s him in the picture below), on the other hand, demonstrated an ability to tackle a wide variety of subjects – and produce great images from them all.
Stewart is secretary of The Girvan Camera Club where I’ll be giving a talk about Travel Photography on March 24th. Just take a look at these three pictures. Each has been expertly captured to create real visual interest and appeal.
Stewart’s panning technique here has created a really interesting effect. But instead of panning by following the cars nearest to the camera, which would been the normal way to do things, Stewart has panned with the cars further away. This a has produced a very odd and effective result that really makes you look twice
Yes, we all see lots of sunsets – remember NABS – Not Another Bl**** Sunset? Well, yes, we do see a lot of sunsets, but this one has something special. The intensity of the orange colour, the stillness of the water and sky, and the ‘aerial perspective’ effect of the dark foreground rocks compared to the paler colours in the distance. The large mound of rock is in fact the volcanic island of Ailsa Craig, also known as Paddy’s Milestone, out in the Clyde off the Ayrshire coast
A totally different photograph and technique from the other two. Stewart used a telephoto lens (not sure which), a hide and a lot of patience to capture this lovely picture of a blue tit in his garden. The wide aperture and telephoto lens has insured minimum depth of field to throw the background totally out of focus and concentrated everything on the subject. A great shot.
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