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P R O J E C T S: 
This tab has a mix of submenus showing a few different photography styles and techniques that are a little more of a recent interest. Since it is not always possible to go on a big trip somewhere to see wildlife, I have branched out into a few other photographic interests. In each technique, my primarily influence has been from some fellow friend photographers that have interests in these styles.  As I meet other photographers, I would go out with them to photograph our surroundings and learn from them new ways to capture the beauty all around us. This always turned out into a fun day/evening where we would experiment with different lighting and techniques. All my photographer friends have been very generous with their time and experiences which have helped me in expanding my skills and enjoyment behind the lens.  Along the way I have also built many friendships with new photographers and fallen in love with the limitless inspirations they have provided in trying all kinds of different techniques. I will try and dedicate 1 small paragraph to each project I have embarked on below.

Black & White Photography: Black & White Photography can change the mood of the image and help draw the viewers eye to the areas of the photo that you want them to focus on. In this section I have experimented with Sepia Tones, Black and White, and Black & White with 1 or 2 colors. In each case I have tried to either show texture, provide a mood, or have the viewer focus on an area of interest in the photo by removing the multi color distractions.

Models (Portraits/Nudescapes): Is probably the area of photography that I have learned the most from. The most eye opening lessons learned here are the effect of light both natural and stobe (Flash/colored lights ) on setting the mood of a photo. I have also learned a lot about how to pose people. Choosing the best perspective and angle ensures that both their character and their most flattering side comes to the forefront. I have taken some of these lessons into my wildlife photography with some great success. People photography still remain the most stressful and difficult for me, since it involves an artistic perspective that does not come natural to me. Nudescapes are all about light and shadow as well as using the natural curves and angles of the model to creat a great sculpture of them. If you can ensure that the model is comfortable with you taking the photos the results are spectacular. This level of comfort is related to trust between the photographer and model and ensuring the at the model is involved in the vision you have for the photo shoot.

Landscape/Cityscape Photography: For me Landscape photography is all about framing the shot and shooting something with great texture or great colors. The idea is that you want to lead the viewers eye to an interesting aspect of nature or scenery. Using the different types of natural the mood of the scene can be controlled and an additional layer of interest is added. Use of both natural and human designed angles and texture is important. Cityscapes can also be a very interesting subject late at  night when they are all lite up and usually a little more desolate. Night Photography leads itself  well to both of these subjects

Street Art/Street Photography: Is about capturing the soul and vibe of the city. In the case of Street Art I am referring to painted murals and other uses of color that reflect both the ethnicity and culture of a region in a city. I usually am attracted to bright colors and great shapes. There are a lot of great artists that show their skills on the walls on the sides of buildings. The better ones are able to write a story in one frame. Street Photography is more about capturing the inhabitants of a city. For best results a shorter lens is used and sometimes it is a bit confronting to walk up to people to ask them if you can take their picture, especially if you are trying to get a candid photo. People can sometimes feel uncomfortable with you taking their picture so it is best to be open about what you are doing, and show them the image you have taken of them. I you have done a good job and offer to send them a copy, normally people are okay with getting their image taken.


N I G H T  P H O T O G R A P H Y /This group is dedicated to a  different photography style and techniques that are not usually thought about in photography. I have developed this interest a little more recently, and am still learning and experimenting with the results. Both traditional night photography which involves a tripod and slow shutter speeds to capture the low light subject and Light Painting which involves night photography with some added light provided by the photographer have been inspired by an Astrophotography workshop that I took XXX years ago. At this workshop a friend of mine and fellow photographer showed me all the cool things one can do with Light painting while we were waiting to collect the shots of the night sky. Night Photography of Cityscapes is also something that I first enjoyed trying out with 2 the photography friends in Australia. Since I have been shooting night photography cityscapes I have also incorporated them in many of my travels as an interesting approach to copturing the accommodations or the lodges we stayed at. Again as in the case of my previous styles of photography, my skills have been achieved by both practice and the trial and error of different things while being out with my photography friends on our night adventures.Night Photography has been something that I have really taken to. I think what I  like most about it is the peacefulness, quietness, and lack of crowds when taking these photos. While at times it can be quite cold, I love night shots.

Night Cityscapes: Night shots in the city are probably one of my favorites things to do in a new city. I usually not a city person since I don't like the crows and feeling of claustrophobia you get in the city during the day. However at night, I find the city just looks more p ristined decked out in all its lights. At night is when you get the tru vibe of the place and see the hustle and fun. Most people you see out in the city at night are there to have fun and in a lot places you can actually hear music as you walk around. Christmas time is a great time to you shooting at night.

Light Painting: Along the way I also learned to add my own sources of light to images I was looking to capture in the dark. This form of photography is also referred to as light painting which has allowed me to be a little more artistic in my interpretations. Light painting is using things such as flashlights, strobes and other items that emit light to fill in some of the darkness of the image. It is almost like having a magic wand that lights up the portion of the scene that you want to draw some attention to. This is primarily a trial and error approach to get the shot you want, but it really allows one to step up their night photography game and create some really creative images.

Astrophotography: I also have dabbles in astrophotography, making some star trails and other night sky images, but this is something that is not always easy to do in the suburbs with all the light pollution. The key to  making great start trails are the following four things: 1) go out on a cloudless night indenture that the full moon will not travel through your camera field. 2) center your shot on the appropriate pole (North Star in the Northern Hemisphere, "South Star" in the Southern Hemisphere) and use a lens with a good wide angle. 3) place your camera with a full battery, full card, 25-30 s exposure, and a mid range aperture on continuous shooting. Use a shutter release (locked in the on position) to enable unattended continuous shooting. 4) Use stacking software to stack all the images on each other.


 

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