Tree Burst

7 12 2010

In a previous post, I provided a photography tip. I suggested the importance of looking up and seeing what’s above your head. While visiting Muir Woods outside of San Francisco, I found a great opportunity to take my own advice. I used a wide-angle lens and created the HDR image seen below. The long lines formed by the tree trunks, the bright light of the sky, and the distant branches work together to create a fairly abstract image.

Muir Woods - Looking Up - Electric

A photo looking toward the sky at Muir Woods near San Francisco, CA.

For more photos from Muir Woods, please visit my Sights of San Francisco gallery.

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Photography Tip – Look Up

28 02 2010

In my previous post, I shared a photo of the dome ceiling at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda. That got me to thinking about another similar shot. Apparently I enjoy taking photos of domes. The photo below was taken in the Chapel on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy. This led me to recall a photography tip that I read about a few years ago.

A lot of things happen over our heads. Some things are man made and others are natural. The ceiling in my living room has a ceiling fan and a textured finish. A textured finish isn’t put on a ceiling for anything more than being pleasant to the eye. In more complex buildings ceilings include domes, arches, lines, and curves. All of these are things often appealing to the eye. In nature trees grow over us and clouds float by. For some people jokes exist in a realm above the head. And if you don’t get what that means, I’m talking about you. Regardless of where you are, many opportunity for good photographs exist above our heads.

All of that being said, it’s very easy to forget to look up. Most of the things we look at do not require much tilt of the head and neck. Whether you’re clicking photos with an iPhone, a point-and-shoot camera, or something more complex look up and see what your options are. Give your neck some exercise!





Announcement – New Website

31 12 2009

During the past few weeks, I have worked on creating a new home for my photography on the web. The site is now presentable, though maybe not finished.

I invite you to visit my photography galleries by clicking the image above. My work focuses on landscapes, nature, and cityscapes. I strive to create photographs with strong color/contrast and a unique perspective.





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 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.





A Blog Begins

25 01 2009

Ansel Adams said, “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” I will use that quote and other words from those more famous than myself as the basis for my blogging about photography. You are probably wondering who I am, so I should start there.

Me llamo Brad.  I am a photographer living in Bowie, MD. I have been interested in photography for about 6 years. My work focuses on trying to find unique perspectives on landscape, nature, cityscape, and architecture. Sometimes this comes with vivid color and others with the “simplicity” of black and white.

My blog will focus on a few areas of interest. First, posts will talk about my work. These posts may focus on a single image or a recent project; depends on the thought of the day. Other posts will focus on my thoughts about the work of other photographers. And finally, I will post some general thoughts about photography and my approach.

I would like to invite you to view my work. Please click on the image below to visit my website. I would be happy to hear from you via this blog or the website itself.

Brad Troy Photography

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to your continued interest.