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Bracketing Compositions

I bracket compositions much more than I do exposures. I feel confident, after 40 years of picture taking that I can get the exposure correct, but composition is much more subjective and emotional...Changing focal lengths, my height perspective or even just shifting right or left can make huge differences of the feel of an image. As a photographer I am trying to capture an emotion and feeling of a particular subject and share that with others. How I place the frame is critical to telling that story. And there is no one right answer.

My advice is, if you have time, bracket those compositions...When you get them all back, evaluate them as a group.  See what was successful, and what wasn’t...

Here is a series of images to illustrate these concepts. Let me know which one is your favorite.

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Picture of the Day 3/22/18

When I first starting taking pictures on the river, I realized that everyday might not be a good picture day, yet everyday would be a good river day...That first day back was the first time I ever went out on the river and did not take a single picture. The light was flat, the wildlife sightings were poor and I could not find anything interesting enough to photograph...I set the alarm and extra 15 minutes early to make sure I was at the river early in case the sky lit up. ...I positioned the kayak pointing south, into the sun, and brought out the wide-angle lens. The lens is very wide 15-30mm, and I wanted to shoot at 15mm. It gets real tricky not getting any of the kayak or the paddles in the frame when shooting that wide. To find out the whole story read the blog.

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Picture of the Day

...when I awoke and looked outside and saw all the stars I thought to myself "this is going to be a boring sunrise." I was afraid everyone would be upset that I got them out so early...but as we got closer to the river I saw the fog over the water and knew we were in for something special. To read the rest of the story and to watch the tutorial on how I processed the image, read the blog

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Pissed Off Histogram

Actually I am just assuming the histogram wasn’t happy. I am not sure since I never look at my camera histogram.  I do use the Highlight Alert, commonly know as the “blinkies” and my LCD looked like a neon sign flashing in Las Vegas!...Ansel Adams used to describe the process of visualizing your finished product before you snap the shutter as “pre-visualization”, which English professors pointed, out is redundant. But whatever you call it, having a vision first and then trying to create that vision, is what separates true photographers from snapshooters.

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LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.

 

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