Sept 12, 2017 Session

This session will be led by Jim Springer and Bill Stilwell.
Please bring your camera so you can participate in a practice session.

September 12, 2017 Itinerary

  • Introductions.
  • Digital Photography website demonstration and how to interact with it.
  • Photography skill questionaire.
  • Opportunity to ask questions and socialize.
  • Walk around Rosedale grounds for photo practice of basic composition principles.

Homework assignment: Basic composition and upload practice to the website.

Note: Scroll to the very bottom of this page to upload your comments and pictures.
For the “how-to” article click HERE

Below a few composition examples from the Rosedale Community Centre Grounds. Click on indivdual pictures to enlarge and run the “slideshow”.


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43 Responses to Sept 12, 2017 Session

  1. Karen McDaniel says:

    Good to hear that we are starting again!

    • Bob says:

      This is Bob’s fantastic photo.

      • Bill says:

        For those who were present you’ll recall that the group recognized the following composition considerations were present in this image: leading lines, contrast, and balance. Did I miss some others?
        Pretty good shooting remembering that this had no post processing except resizing.

  2. Greg says:

    Depth of Field Challenge. I think the entire image is in focus. Do you agree?

    • Bill says:

      If we look closely at the frost fence style gate in the foreground and the wind mesh to the left also in the foreground, both are not in sharp focus. The rest of the image is in focus imho.
      This offers us incentive to get into the creative settings on our cameras that allow us to use the circle of confusion to determine the aperture setting we need to get all in focus for a shot like this.

  3. Ron Beugin says:

    Example of Depth Of Field, Leading Lines and Thirds

  4. Ron Beugin says:

    After posting this, I started thinking that this is really the opposite of depth of field because the background is out of focus. Have I misinterpreted what DOF is?

    • Bill says:

      I believe you’ve got it right. Depth of Field is a variable that we can use to have either everything in the image in focus or only certain portions thereof. In this case you have the foreground ( the cut end ) in sharp focus and the background blurred out. This let’s the viewer concentrate on the cut end and ignore the irrelevant material in the background. Well done.

  5. Shauna says:

    Example of Light, Depth of Field & Leading Lines.

  6. Bill says:

    Excellent example showing very shallow depth of focus with the left portion of the leaf tack sharp and the right edge very blurred both the top portion being closer to the camera and the bottom tip curling further away. The dendrite vein pattern makes good leading lines to the main centre vein.

  7. Greg says:

    a sample of my pics

    • Henri says:

      Hi Greg,
      I have moved your post from the “How to” forum to the “Sept 12, 2017 session” page. I presume that was your intent. I also resized your picture to 800 pixels wide. Is the fuzziness intentional? I like it as an abstract, nice colors!

  8. Kim says:

    Simply experimenting with depth of field. Just happy if I am able to post it.

    • Henri says:

      Excellent example of shallow depth of field Kim! I like the symmetry of the repeating pattern, and the warm tones in the upper 1/3, out-of-focus background. Well done!

  9. Bob says:

    Since Jim posted my first photo, thought I would post another to ensure I could do it myself. In this one I was intrigued by the reflections of the power lines on the car window. Not sure if this qualifies as a leading lines example. Also possible depth of field example.

  10. Val says:

    Does this qualify?

    • Henri says:

      This absolutely qualifies Val, it adheres to the 1/3 rule, there are two textures and a vertical demarcation line. Distracting elements are the to pieces of wood in the alcove and the hinge of the door. Although I am not crazy about the overall look of this composition, it has merit as an abstract. Recognizing patterns like this helps to make good pictures. Thanks for posting this example.

    • Bill says:

      Thank you Val for accepting my offer to: 1, rotate to get a level horizon (the shot is not perfectly square so I went for closest approximation, 2, crop the door and frame and leave the indent slightly off centre to the bottom left to balance the visual weight of the 2 leaning pseudo books to the right. In the end I did boost both the sharpness and clarity to bring out the scratching inside the box.
      Now I’d say we have achieved filling the frame, one of concepts to consider in determining good composition. I hope you approve Val. Everyone, please feel free to comment

  11. Val says:

    nothing is straight in nature

    • Bill says:

      Trunks on some trees and interfaces in rock formations are the exceptions to your observation that I have seen. What I like is how the larger vertical crack and the orange fungus ( most obvious in upper right ) bring my eyes from left to right. Many think that is a good composition technique as it is the same way most but not all languages are read so it is a natural viewing experience.

  12. Karen McDaniel says:

    I have spent a lot of time working on macro this summer, but since I did not have the right lens, I thought that I would try it with this dandelion seed head. I wanted to shown Depth of Field but also look inside the seed head to show the patterns and then the suitable reflection of light as a walked around the flower to mimic a sunburst. If I were going to do anything different, I would have used even a smaller aperture number (this was f6.3) to blur the background further. Spot metering was used.

  13. Bill says:

    Great explanation of your thought processes Karen. For me, the background is sufficiently blurred and you or at least your new shiny camera nailed the focus. Was it on manual focus? Also which lens did you use?

    • Karen McDaniel says:

      I was using Aperture Priority and 300mm with a zoom, Focal length 300 mm on a 16-300 lens, ISO 500. I am actually using the D7100 with this lens. I only use the shiny new D500 with my 150-600 lens when I am out shooting birds. I bought a monopod so that I can steady the camera and lens. Here’s an osprey from Carburn Park.

      • Henri says:

        Wow ! I love the composition, the depth of field and especially the lighting conditions. You must have taken this in either early morning or late evening. The light seems to wrap itself softly around the bird. The pattern on the feather tips give this a beautiful 3D feel. Just one minor criticism. You could have cloned out the tiny flaw in the left top corner of the image. Well done Karen!

        • Karen McDaniel says:

          Thanks for your comments, Henri, and for posting it on the front page! I really appreciate both! Regarding the cloning – I didn’t think that it was so obvious till I posted it here. I thought that I had cropped it out. I will do that on my file picture for sure!

  14. Geoff Turner says:

    Attempt to show depth of field re the cars, and leading line – the alley way. (Also an attempt to get the correct size photo)

  15. Susan Ashley says:

    Rule of thirds, leading lines

    • Henri says:

      Great shot Susan! Well spotted and executed. I love the rule of thirds composition, and the tiny dew drops on the web enhancing the leading lines. Too bad the spider vacated the premises.

  16. Susan Ashley says:

    Rule o thirds, leading lines

  17. Greg says:

    this picture was taken the morning after the rain, it highlights how quickly everything got green after the long summer heat. It is an example of the 1/3 rule and takes advantage of the three buildings each of which appear in a respective 1/3 of the frame

  18. Greg says:

    this is the correct photo that I wanted to use as another example of the rule of 1/3s. I had asked Bill & Henri what could have caused the fuzziness. After getting their help and a bit more from Ron the problem was due to simply selecting “small” format rather than going to custom settings and selecting 800

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