The sun sets behind a treeline as a balmy Florida night begins.
Good morning friends! Today I wanted to share a shot from last weekend I took from the Sarasota Bayfront, but also mention a creative choice I've made recently (which is entirely unconsequential to you guys), and that is to begin presenting my images in 16:9 widescreen format.
Photographers use several different formats depending on their photography style and equipment; Peter Lik uses an extreme panoramic ratio to accentuate the wide, sweeping view he has envisioned, while a photographer concentrating on shots for Instagram might crop using the 1:1 (square) format.
After doing some test crops, I feel the 16:9 format will lend itself well to my type of photography, which usually straddles the line between landscape and nature.
This shot is in 16:9 to get us started, I hope you guys have a great week!
I've been taking more and more black and white photos lately, and this one comes from my own backyard. I've been wanting to shoot this huge flower against my back fence for weeks before it goes away, as it does every year. After I shot it, it didn't convey my original feeling of awe, so I converted it to black and white during post-processing. I feel it has the sense I originally had now.
Can you tell what color the flower was?
Hey folks! I'm sorry I haven't been posting as much, super busy with the video shoot we did recently, as well as the promotional stuff after, but I have plenty of articles coming soon. I did have a new article come out on Digital Photography School this past week, discussing the newly released Adobe Lightroom 6/CC update. Lots of cool tidbits came with this upgrade, so delve into a bit of a summary on some of these features in this article, thanks for reading folks!
"The day is upon us, my friends; Lightroom CC is here. The latest update to Adobe’s excellent photo management tool has arrived, and as cliche as it sounds, it really does offer something for everyone.
While the updates won’t necessarily satisfy hardcore Aperture users (who are still licking their proverbial wounds), Lightroom 4/5 users can easily justify this upgrade as a satisfying mix of under the hood, and hands-on improvements."
Read the entire article here:
Hey folks! I apologize for the lack of posts, the weather has been uncooperative here in Florida for the last 3 weeks, and has prevented me from taking any new photos. On top of that, I've been busy writing new articles for dPS that has taken up my time. But the weather has improved, and I was able to start shooting again this weekend thankfully! I hope you all are well!
One more from this past roll of film I shot last weekend. I'm anxious to start a new roll Sunday, this time, Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400 :) This was shot from a pier at Phillippi Estate Park here in Sarasota. Other than the occassional boat coming in from the Gulf, this inlet is usually very quiet and serene, as it was this day.
A quick tip for DSLR users who add 35mm film or digital full-frame photography to their repertoire; don't forget that there will be a depth of field difference in your final shot. The amount of difference will be determined by several factors, including the focal length of your lens, the distance to the desired focus point, and aperture settings.
This past weekend I finished a roll of film on a nearby park that I shoot fairly often. I decided to shoot the porch of an old historic house that is on the property, and compare it to digital shots I had of the same angle.
This is what the photo looked like from my Canon 60D DSLR (1.6x crop factor); I shot with a 24mm 1.8 lens (which is equivalent to 80mm on a full-frame digital or 35mm film camera), at f/3.2. I focused about 3 feet into the scene, near the wooden column on the right:
And here is the same shot from my Canon AE-1 35mm film camera, using a 50mm 1.8 lens shot at f/5.6, focused in around the same area:
Small differences in composition and other factors changed the depth of field quite considerably. When shooting a film camera, remember that you won't see this exact difference until your develop the negatives and have a print or scan made. If your camera has a depth of field preview button, you can see an approximation, but will lose a huge portion of light coming in to the preview, so it will be difficult to tell exactly what you're working with.
In short, remember to allow yourself a bit more leeway when composing based on expected sharpness; you'll usually find a scene that will render in a favorable way at f/4 on your crop-factor DSLR will have too thin of an area of focus at that same aperture on your 35mm film camera. Always take note of your camera settings for your film shots, and adjust your aperture accordingly when shooting to get the depth of field you're looking for.
You can find a much more in-depth explanation here of how depth of field works on different sized sensors and what factors come into play: