12 Significant Photos: #7

25 02 2009

Flowers provide the opportunity to look at one of nature’s great creations. There is a wide variety, which provide a photographer with a range of artistic possibilities. I enjoy the macro perspective of flowers because of the abstract images that can be created.

A lily that grew in my back yard.

A lily that grew in my back yard.

Feel free to check out other flower images.


12 Signifigant Photos: #8

22 02 2009

Living in Maryland has many benefits. A short drive can land me in any of three cities (Washington DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis), in rural areas, or on the water. Utilizing water has been helpful in my photography. The reflecting light really adds to images. This past summer I was able to enjoy a sunset from Sandy Point State Park. The water did its job and reflected the reds, yellows, and oranges of a summer sunset.

A sunset captured at Sandy Point State Park (MD).

A sunset captured at Sandy Point State Park (MD).

Please feel free to check out more photographs from Maryland.

12 Significant Photos: #9

20 02 2009

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Hawaii for my honeymoon. While in Maui, my wife and I took advantage of a day-trip and drove the Road to Hana. This road winds for more than 60 miles along the coast and is full of switchbacks and hairpin turns. While the drive is a challenge, the views are spectacular.

A view from the Hana Highway in Hawaii.

A view from the Hana Highway in Hawaii.

12 Significant Photos: #10

19 02 2009

My interest in macro photography comes and goes. Objects such as staplers, calculators, candy, or jewelry do not appeal to me as a subject for photography. That being said, I find it interesting to look at things in nature from a macro perspective. There are a wide range of patterns.

If you’ve already looked at the photo in this post, you’ll probably wondering where I’m headed with my thoughts. One night I was planning on where I would be going to take some photos. I decided to play around with my macro lens and pulled out a baseball that was on the shelf. I turned on the desk lamp and took a few quick shots. This led me to quickly realize that I liked the effect of my lamp on the baseball. It created a nostalgic looking image of the baseball. I was able to find a composition that I preferred and end up with a photograph that I really enjoy.

It really is just a baseball lit with a desk lamp.

It really is just a baseball lit with a desk lamp.

My only other “real” adventure into macro is shooting flowers.

12 Significant Photos: #11

18 02 2009

A little over a year ago, I purchased a wide-angle lens for my camera. The lens, a Sigma 10-20mm, is one that I really enjoy shooting with because of the unique perspectives it can help me capture. During my first day out with the lens, I was able to visit the U.S. Capitol Building and the surrounding area. The day was rather dreary, which led to a great shot of the United States Supreme Court Building.

The U.S. Supreme Court on a cloudy day.

The U.S. Supreme Court on a cloudy day.

The Supreme Court is often a quieter location to visit in DC. This leads to the opportunity to get many photos without people climbing the stairs looking around. The wide angle lens allowed me to capture the large approach to the building. I felt that the sky and the overall contrast of the image led to a great opportunity for black and white, which seems to feed the mood of this image.

Here are some additional photos of Washington, DC.

12 Significant Photos: #12

16 02 2009

It was hard to pick a “top” 12 of all of my photos. But I was able to do it and I’m sticking to my results. The good thing is photographs don’t have feelings, so #s 13 on up really shouldn’t be that upset.

Wildflowers along the road in Maryland.

Wildflowers along the road in Maryland.

This image was taken along the road right by the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, MD. The photograph itself is not spectacular, but it is one of my favorites. It was a good lesson in utilizing depth of field to make an image.  I was able to capture an image with a great bokeh and it’s a photo that reminds me to utilize the background to strengthen my work.

Photography Tip: Find Your Niche

15 02 2009

I was traveling on Friday and listening to the radio. The host was talking about the NBA and in particular a player that has the ability to play numerous positions, but none particularly well. He went on to compare this player to a handful of stars in the league that are limited to one position by their abilities. The moral of the rant was that the host would rather have a basketball player that did one thing well instead of 5 things in a mediocre fashion.

Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

This idea immediately stuck in my head as one that can easily relate to photography. In the world of photography, there are photographers that shoot weddings, portraits, landscapes, wildlife, macro, and the list can go on. While the principles of a good photograph can apply to various types of photography, it takes a lot of time and practice to improve the skills of any one type. There is a better chance of making your work stand out if you find your niche in the photography world. Find that area of interest or talent that you can develop into your strength. I would expect that you’ll have more success with a portfolio of strong wedding portraits than one that has average wildlife, portrait, and macro shots.

Here are some factors that may impact you in finding your niche:

  • personal interest – first and foremost, photography should be fun, so shoot things you like
  • equipment
  • accessibility – you might really like shooting abandoned properties, but access to these sights might be limited
  • time
  • money – if you’re trying to make a living, you might have to consider where the money is!

I have found my “niche” in landscape, nature, and architecture photography because I enjoy the process of finding and taking good photographs outdoors.  Sports photography is another great interest, but I am limited by my equipment as I have not yet invested in a lens that will give me a fighting chance in capturing strong sports images.