2023-06-27 WAKE photography

This two week challenge is about WAKE photography. Where the letters stand for
What to shoot
Keep shooting
Experiment or Explore
I thought Alex Kilbee does a fantastic job in his presentation on this subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKs0IL1AGaI If you want to expand your photography further Alex has a wealth of lectures in his “The Photographic Eye” YouTube channel. I have emailed the YouTube link for the WAKE presentation out to all CALL Digital Photography participants. If you need further assistance email me.

Please keep your image submissions at or below 1600 pixels wide or 1050 pixels high.

33 Responses to 2023-06-27 WAKE photography

  1. della says:

    the pods of golden beans are shaped like C, an ant adds interest
    ISO 1250 300mm f13 1/320

  2. della says:

    an abandoned bag on the side of the road had interesting shape
    ISO 100 85mm f11 1/200

  3. Fred Schwering says:

    Saskatoon berries ripening in the sun. Taken with my Pixel 2 phone using Portrait mode to get some bokeh.
    Cropped and increased saturation in Photoshop Elements
    Aperture f/1.8, 1/308 sec, ISO 55, 4.4 mm

  4. Henri says:

    I liked the photography of Elliot Erwitt and his “Dog’s Perspective” images. The Alex Kilbee WAKE presentation was instrumental in getting me to do this experiment. Taken in bright sunshine today f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 320. I put the camera down almost at pavement level with my tilt screen opened up and my thumb on the back focus button, then pressing the shutter, hoping for the best.

  5. Henri says:

    Here is the letter Y as found in nature. Another WAKE exercise. I like it for the contrast with the background and the detail in the bark and exposed wood. f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 1600. Enhanced in Lightroom Classic with auto exposure, some extra sharpness enhancement and denoise AI.

    • Henri says:

      Another example of WAKE photography. Trying to find pure shapes in nature, and enhancing them with Depth of Field, Colour Balance and selective Sharpening.

  6. Henri says:

    Thinking about art, design and form. I used extreme post processing of an otherwise average image of a rosehip. Really pushed Texture, Clarity, Dehaze, Vibrance and Saturation. I liked the colour detail in the rosehip and the repeating leaf patterns. The stem with its barbs as a leading line.

  7. Ron says:

    Tattered construction windsock at the old Stadium Shopping Centre site. ISO 100, f/8, 1/320.

  8. Ron says:

    Here’s another angle with a different background and the image converted to black and white. ISO 100, f/8, 1/400. Example of experimentation.

  9. Frankie says:

    This is a backwards S!

    I went to Edmonton to visit an old friend and came back on Hwy. 12 to avoid the tailgaters on Hwy. 2. I took a few detours and it took seven hours, but the landscape was beautiful. At the bottom of this photo taken on Hwy 590 is McKenzie Crossing, a one-lane bridge with a wooden deck over the Red Deer River.

    It was very hazy, not smoky. I ran into a thunderstorm north of Strathmore and heard about flooding in Calgary on the radio (last Thursday night).
    ISO 800, 100mm, f/10, 1/500 sec, 1 ev

    • Henri says:

      Well spotted. I love the leading line. I wonder what de-haze would have done to this image. Although it has a nice “atmosphere” as it is right now. I would have cropped a little bit of the righthand side of the image to balance the curve. Great image!

      • Frankie says:

        Thanks, good idea about the cropping. Re dehazing, I thought of it (I don’t have the software) but I like the moodiness, and you know me, shoot the truth haha! It’s how I want to remember it, it was such a great scene to come across – I’d never been on that road.

  10. Frankie says:

    This is an example of the A for Awareness. I was actually shooting the reflection in a puddle of a mural on this building, which has at least six windows across its width, when I noticed a small segment of it with yellow flowers in an otherwise bleak parking lot.
    ISO 800, 70 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ev 0.67

    • Henri says:

      Really like this image Frankie. The stark contrast in colour. I also like the patterns above the windows. The only distractions in my mind are the plants in the bottom lefthand corner. (Easy to clone out)

  11. della says:

    replaced the background with solid black on my previous image

    • Henri says:

      I think it is a significant improvement. There is nothing wrong with this type of enhancement, to bring out essence or design as in my rosehip image.

  12. Shannon says:

    Another photo from a dog’s perspective (Elliot Erwitt idea). Taken at Bowness park using an iphone f/1.8, 1/640 sec., ISO 32, 4 mm focal.

  13. tony campos says:

    I spent last week hiking in Banff park. I could make up lots of letters – this one was very obvious.
    Panasonic TS3, f/3.3, 1/80, iso100

  14. tony campos says:

    I found this view of a splintered tree fairly interesting
    Panasonic TS3, f/3.3, 1/60, iso160

  15. Doug Stewart says:

    Nested C’s created by reeds and their reflections at Lafarge Meadows. The female Yellow-headed Blackbirds add interest to the photo. 600mm, f 6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

  16. Doug Stewart says:

    House wren busily singing while perched on a ‘Y’. 600mm, f4, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100. Resolution enhanced in Topaz AI. Cropping and slight colour saturation improvement in Apple Photos.

  17. Debbie McCluskey says:

    While out walking the dog, I looked at his favorite scenting post with a different perspective. I noticed images through the round “o’. I then noticed all of the shapes of “n”. Cell phone image, f 1/8, 1/500 sec ISO 40.

  18. Beth says:

    Alex Kilbee’s talk about looking for letters which you don’t expect them. This is the opposite something made of letters which you wouldn’t expect. Buffalo sculpture in Calgary Central Public Library. Taken with my i-phone at f/1.5, 1/135 sec, ISO 64

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