Archive for the ‘Photography Tips/Techniques’ Category

Cinemagraph: My First Attempt

Friday, July 8th, 2011

As most of you know, I love photography. But I also really like cinematography, and now that digital SLRs can take video there are interesting possibilities where video and still photos meet. I will be writing more about this in the future, but one of the most interesting techniques is cinemagraphs (which remind me of the moving photos in Harry Potter), because they are more photograph than movie.

Here is my first attempt, of high school senior Katie. I hope you like it.

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Fine Art Photo at Dusk

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I love the color the sky gets shortly after sunset, especially contrasted with the warm glow of tungsten lights. It is an amazing time to take pictures of cities and architecture.

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Fine Art Photos: Mallards

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

This is a special installment of my Fine Art Photo of the Week especially for fans of mallards. Spring is here and the mating race is on, which is a great time to photograph water fowl. The first image (my actual photo of the week) was taken with a Lensbaby Composer and the Pinhole/Zone Plate optic. It is definitely one of my favorite lenses for experimentation and creative image making.

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The conditions were good for me to take some other great shots of the mallards that were flying around Westwood Nature Center. Enjoy these bonus images:

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Photography is about Light and Timing

Friday, April 8th, 2011

One of my favorite things to do with landscape photography is revisit the same subject many times, because the lighting and mood can be so very different. When I find a compelling subject, I will often go back multiple times and in different seasons.

But sometimes you can catch a similar transformation within only a few hours. The pictures below demonstrate how different the mood can be in just a couple hours of time. Light changes quickly, so I make sure to carry my camera with me as often as possible, because I can’t count on lighting to stay the same for long or to ever recreate a moment.

This idea was strongly influenced by some of Claude Monet’s later paintings.

Taking pictures of the same subject on multiple occasions is a great way to learn how timing and light affect the overall feeling of a photograph, and it is a great exercise for anyone who wants to be more expressive with their photography. Why not try it out yourself?

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Minneapolis Skyline Double Exposure

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Even though I really enjoy the quality and convenience of making photographs digitally, I still find it very enjoyable to get out my film camera every now and then. To make this double exposure of the Minneapolis skyline, I used one of my favorite techniques. I usually vary the procedure each time, but I follow these general steps:

  1. Load film into camera and manually set the ASA to double the actual ISO (for this roll of Kodak ISO 100 I set the ASA to 200).
  2. Expose each picture normally (TIP: it helps to keep the orientation the same for each shot, either vertical or horizontal).
  3. Rewind the film (be sure to leave the leader out so you can load it again).
  4. Repeat steps 1—3.
  5. Develop normally and see what you got!

For the initial exposure of each image, I used a Lensbaby Composer to photograph nature along Minnesota’s North Shore. The second exposure of each image is made of Minneapolis and its urban surroundings near St. Anthony and Main. This picture was taken from the Stone Arch Bridge.

I encourage you to try this out for yourself. If you have any questions about the process or would like to share your results with me, send me an email or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JesseValleyPhotography.

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