Whooo-ee. Do we have landscape photographers in our camera club or what?
We do. We have mega-megapixels of grand landscapes … with fog, with great bodies of water, with misty lake surfaces, waves breaking over jettys, old barns, moon trails on the ocean, foraging waterfowl, mist-shrouded mountains, water falls and waterfalls and waterfalls, marshes in their fall colors, cascades and spillways, spanking spinakers, lakes under dramatic clouds…
And I love ‘em all, including my own.
But, call it curmudgeonry, I was bent and determined to rebel. Stop looking at the big postcard picture; in the words of one of our judges last season, find the picture in the picture. So, I set out to try that the past two Sundays while escaping the killer-packing-boxes at home.
Here’s one result, a non-scape image which I like very much even though it was made in error
This was an artificial Christmas tree that had only its lights on it. I shot without remembering the camera was still in manual focus. When I saw this I focused and reshot but preferred this version. Shooting for fun(k).
Elsewhere I was struck by these little bottles marching off into the distance so I shot them at f/4 to have a reasonable indoor light shutter speed, but that enhanced the effect as their lines receded into fuzziness. Shooting for fun(k).
Today I was at Valley Forge on a crisp, beautiful day. So easy to shoot the vistas but…
The National Memorial Arch is a magnificent structure but it’s nice to see it as lines and shadows and sculpture detail. Shooting for fun(k).
The cannons. So tempting to shoot over them at whatever they’re aimed at…as I’ve done. I passed that up in favor of this lineup. Shooting for fun(k).
Finally, some fall color although not much left around here. That’s good because I can’t just shoot a hillside of blazing color. Instead, how about some back-lit leaves with strong and interesting trunk lines. Shooting for fun(k).
Later, while enjoying some hot soup at an outdoor picnic table I watched the breeze ruffle the leaves of a nearby tree. I thought of how we shoot water at a slow shutter speed to portray creamy motion and I wondered how that would look with breeze-tossed leaves. The answer: pretty and interesting. Another scene for my placemat collection. Shooting for fun(k).
And it all made for a pleasant couple of outings.