Saturday, December 17, 2016

Throwing You A Curve

Geometric shapes, lines, and curves can help you create strong images. Most images need some sort of flow throughout the picture, something that engages the eye and keeps the viewer interested in what the image portrays.

Diagonal lines can be a simple and effective way to create an image with strong composition. In this image of a Soloman's Seal taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the diagonal placement of the leaves creates a flow from upper left to lower right. But that is not the only element that makes this image work. The curving leaves add more visual interest, and add softness to the straight diagonal line of the long, straighter leaves.

Shallow depth of field also adds to the overall softness, creating a mottled background.

Providing this kind of information, plus creative guidance, is just one of the many things you will learn and experience on the WILDFLOWERS & WILDWATER photo workshop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park coming up on April 17 - 22. Because of the small group size, I can work with you individually to help elevate your photography to a higher level.

We'll spend five glorious days in the Smokies in the springtime, when the wildflowers are at their best and the streams run fast and wild. We will explore many different areas to get the best shots, and will also go to some tucked away places known only to a few.

The beautiful Smokies in the spring is a treat you should give yourself. Register before January 15 and get a $300 Early Bird discount.

See details here.  For more information, email me. I hope you can join me in the Smokies!

1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200.  Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on Canon 5D Mark III body.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw ... for I was seeing the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."  --Black Elk

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