Monday, October 30, 2017

Lake Photos

In an earlier posting, I mentioned that I'm working on my photography skills and that I signed up for several workshops at One is on product photography to help with photographs of my sewing, knitting, and wire working projects. One is on creating a photo narrative like the type of article you'd see in Artful Blogging or on a lifestyle blog. Another is about capturing the pictures in-between the posed pictures that are more spontaneous and natural. I'm not sure how that will apply to the blog but it sounded like fun. The other two are on basic digital  camera skills and on editing pictures. Those are two I'll need to focus on going forward.

Right now, I'm working on composition, probably because it's familiar to me and seemed a good place to start. A book I found particularly helpful with textile art is proving equally helpful with photography. It's called The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert. I highly recommend it.

The book talks about having a primary and a secondary focal point and how the not quite equal tension between the two focal points keeps the viewer's eye moving around the piece. I tend to work toward that with each image. In the two above, I wanted to capture the contrast between the organic forward focal point and the more linear secondary point in the background.

In the book, Greg talks about placing the horizon line at 1/3 from the top or the bottom of the image and about diagonal lines moving through the piece. Typically, it's not good to have the primary focal point dead center and yet of all the images I took of this group of trees against the mountains, dead center worked the best especially with the more graceful lines of the grass and the mountain tops.

These images are of the same boardwalk from opposite ends. I like the energy of the shadow lines and how they pull your eye into the piece. The diagonal lines come in from one corner of each image but not out the opposite one. I was aiming to achieve that effect because that helps the eye stay with the image longer.

I have a fondness for images that are taken through the foreground to whatever is in the background. I like the way the water beyond the trees and the light at the end of the path help us look into these photos. I have a basic...

... Canon SD1000 Elph point and shoot that could be used on manual only I have no idea how to take pictures on manual. That's something I'm working toward with the basic class. With the two images above, I slightly depressed the button until I could see the squares that show where the camera is auto focusing and then I shifted that square to where I wanted the camera to focus before depressing the button all the way. I want to learn all I can using what props and products I have for now without spending too much money. The photography supplies that I do want to purchase are indoor ones for the product photos.

It is amazing how the choice of where to place the horizon line can drastically alter the feeling of the image. In the one above, we are looking through the bull rushes and toward the mountains and in the one below we are looking over them. I find the top one far more interesting.  Again, I was playing with the top third or bottom third placement of the horizon line.

On Saturday, I was looking for a sock knitting chart that has somehow disappeared from where it is supposed to be. In the process of looking for - and so far not finding - the chart, I discovered another basket of knitted projects that needed to be blocked and/or sewn together. LOL - I imagine you'll see more knitting BUT sewing is definitely on this week's to do list. It's good to have all those bits and pieces of UFO cleaned up.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - increasing photography skills and decreasing projects to finish


  1. Oh my goodness! You certainly chose a wonderful place to live! I love the 5th picture. Living in a Maryland suburb I can only dream of such magnificent wide open spaces and views. I hope you'll continue to photograph your beautiful landscape as the seasons change.

    1. The fifth picture is a view of an area called Christmas Island. It's just off the walking path and not quite out into the lake yet. There is a bit of water on this side and a lot on the other. The island is a bird sanctuary as is most of the shoreline so it's closed to walkers in the mating season. On the island is another pond often filled with Canada geese and ducks and heron hang around there a lot. It is a delightful place to live. Interesting that you find it wide open. Many people feel claustrophobic when in the mountains. I find them a wonderfully boundary to live fully within.

  2. Your photos look great, and I always interested in seeing anything you create, as I am multi-crafted myself, although not as proficient as you are. Looks like you are enjoying autumn, at least the serenity in your pictures suggest that.

    1. Other than the beautiful colours, what I especially love about autumn is that stretch through to Christmas with more time in the studio... which works really well in Canada since our Thanksgiving is in October. I've been finishing up quite a few things and organizing what's next and it's fabulous.

  3. Beautiful work with the photos. Would love to be on that walking trail!


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