Under AK Photo & Design by Antal I Kozma Photographer
You may have a nice image, let’s say a lovely flower close-up or a songbird, but somehow it is only a nicely photographed specimen. You feel that something is missing. That is the time when experimenting with various presentation ideas may become a fun project. One of my favourite alteration is introducing a white vignette or a key line or both together, that directs more emphasis onto the main subject.
Our digital tool chest provides a huge number of possibilities to change the look and feel of our photographs. A word of caution though, be very conservative. Do not go overboard with effects, a good photograph can be easily ruined by too much digital trickery. Less is often more effective and will add an extra dimension to your display image.
I enclose three images here just as basic ideas.
This photo of a Cape May Warbler is a nice static image of the bird, it probably would look nice in a bird book. However, as a large print on the wall it may not be too interesting.
Adding a fade away white vignette and a dark key-line to the image brings the viewer’s focus more to the bird. A large print nicely framed can decorate one’s office or living room.
The image of this female American Redstart is similarly presented as the Cape May Warbler above. However, due to the different background that had a natural fading away at the edges I didn’t use a white vignette. This background called for a light key-line.
Due to a recent rebuilding my site major disaster struck. I lost all my data, my wisdom fell short from making a backup before rebuilding. My archives are gone, my gallery is gone. Well, the bright side is that I have had a clean slate to start again. So I rebuilt my site from the scratch. The basic look and structure of the new site is similar to the old one. However, I simplified a few things and changed the colour scheme to a similar but still different one.
So here is the first story on this newly rebuilt site.
The latest outdoor trip I had this fall was in mid October, right after Canadian Thanksgiving. I took one person with me into the Algonquin interior for six days. We went to photograph the fall scenery and hoped to see loons and possibly a few moose. Well, I the plans didn’t quite work out this time. Mother Nature intervened with some nasty weather. High winds that made crossing the lakes somewhat hair raising, lots of rain and rapidly falling temperatures made life a bit difficult.
Safety is always my number one concern when I am off grid. Especially when I have others relying on my experience. So we altered our goals and chose a camping site in a safer location, this way we only had to cross one wide body of water. My decision to halve our planned distance was a wise one. We barely set camp when the wind really picked up and soon heavy rain came down. Fortunately I set up a large tarp before hanging our hammocks and we were able to make campfire despite of the rain. We enjoyed the warmth of the fire and a cup of tea and snacks before retiring for the night.
The rain kept pounding the whole night but our hammocks from Helsdon Outdoors kept us dry and warm. I highly recommend their hammock, it is very comfortable and withstands heavy rain perfectly. The rain stopped in the morning but strong winds and heavy cloud cover remained. Regardless, after a good warm breakfast we explored the woods and took some photographs. Overcast wet weather often calls for taking close up images. So that is what we did and photographed a loon too.
The sun has made some fleeting appearances here and there during our stay but rain and high winds were the norm. My satellite weather forecast indicated that conditions would soon further deteriorate and very high winds were expected. I called a “war council” and suggested that we cut our trip two days short and head out before crossing Tim Lake would become treacherous. So that is what we did, packed up and headed home two days earlier than planned. Well, we had enough rain, we had enough wind and cold anyway……. However, we had a very good time.
I enclose a few images from this rainy and stormy trip. The image of the otters is by Roberto Haveroth. My workshops are over for the year. I still plan to do some winter camping on my own. Winter landscape photography can be very enjoyable if one is prepared to deal with the weather.
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