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6/10/2015


I haven't published an update for a while, but I am still here and still alive and well.

For those of you who may not be aware, a few years back I founded a Facebook photography group called "North American Nature, Wildlife & Landscape Photographers Association.  This FB group is sort of a "photography club" concept that has done quite well. The quality of the photography in that group is outstanding.  If you are a nature or wildlife photographer who lives or works in North America, give us a look.  If you think your photography is good enough, ask to join and we'll review your application as quickly as possible.  I'll warn you now, we are picky about the quality of work we post.

Click this link to see the group on Facebook.
 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NANWLP/

 

This leads me to my next item.

 

Our Facebook group is planning a trip to the Crested Butte area for the Autumn of 2015.  In recognition of my past trips to that part of Colorado, I've posted a group of photographs on the features page.  Head on over and take a look by clicking here.
 

 

Lastly, with Spring in full bloom and Summer only weeks away, I'm about to begin my 2015 moose photography sessions.  Yeah, that's right, I do this every year and it's a lot of fun too.   If you'd like to find out more about this or my photography workshops, you can visit my business website at this link.

http://www.grayphotoonline.com/workshops.htm

Stay tuned, I've got a new batch of articles and features I'm working on, so I'll be updating this site in the near future with some cool stuff.
 

 

Leading Lines and Thinking Outside of the Box

If you take a class on photography composition fundamentals, you'll probably hear something to the effect....

"never cut your image in half with a horizontal line" or something like that. There are exceptions of course, mirror images, other things, but the basic idea is that major splits in the scene are distracting and visually unpleasing.

 

Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Unpleasing that is. Doing it randomly or accidentally isn't a sure path to success, but exploring options always results in more usable results rather than less.

 

One way to put tension in your photos is to blatantly break compositional rules such as the one I've just mentioned. Not everyone is going to go for the result, but it's a good way to explore alternate compositions. Find an example of the rule and then try to break it as many ways as possible.

 

Other compositional "rules" will tell you to compose leading lines in the scene to bring the viewers eyes into the scene, not away from the scene. There is more than one way to do leading lines as well.

 

This scene leads your eye into the frame from front to back, not from leading lines that draw you in to the center of the frame from the edge of the frame. It's that third dimension of depth. Layer upon layer from front back composed to bring your eye to each portion of the layer. Grass, Water, Sand, Sky... in that order. It's just not obviously pushing your eye along a line. As a matter of fact, the horizontal lines of the top of the dunes, the shore of the creek, the blades of grass, in this scene, are in direct opposition to the natural tendency of ones eye to want to follow the progression.
 

Thus.... tension.


My advice. Don't be a cow. Don't follow the herd. Explore what you've been led to believe is not acceptable. Find a way to make something work when it shouldn't. There's no substitute for originality.


And...


There are no rules to breaking the rules.