It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it. ~ L.M. Montgomery

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Thanks to neighbors who grow the most beautiful sunflowers! Image acquisition was with my favorite Nikon D850, and a Nikon 70-200mm @200. I shot at f5.6, which produced the lovely shallow depth of field. Shoot with small f-stops (numbers) to enhance your subject and separate it from your background. Subject to background distance is an important factor as well. The further the subject is from the background, the background will appear softer, and less distracting.

So there you have it. A simple strategy to produce photos with more zing . . . smaller f-stops and increased subject to background distance. Happy shooting!

 

Artist Community – Slovenia

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Of course, you come to Slovenia for the beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery! However, as an obsessed color photographer I leave my options open. I found this thrilling, colorful encounter when strolling through an artist hangout.

An unexpected surprise . . .

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A morning stroll through a somewhat colorless Texas town proved fruitful when I unexpectedly found this wonderful burst of color! While there were other distracting elements on the left and right, I merely rotated my camera to produce a vertical canvas for my subject. An intuitive gesture that accurately framed the image I had envisioned and felt in my heart, when I first came upon the scene.

The Bicycle Project . . .

Many of my photographs have a thematic style. They tend to follow a sequential flow, whether by a conscious effort or just joyful happenstance. My unplanned bicycle project is one example. An ongoing project that kept calling out to me over the years and as a result, it is a part of my photographic repertory.

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Italy. A light rain shower earlier nicely glazed the stonewall and variegated walkway. The pink umbrella added a burst of color and counterpoint, which I liked.

My personal criteria for this on-going project was to find the bicycle(s), while not moving it in any manner before, during, or after the photo capture. Sometimes, I will photograph just part of the bicycle for added drama and visual impact. In addition, the environment must be visually expressive and add to the overall narrative. My camera has framed subjects here at home and across the pond.

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Slovenia. As I walked out our hotel villa, this scene was unfolding before me. I quickly chose to frame only part of the bicycle to include the pigeons on the left. I love the contrasting textures and limited color. The green arrow on the right is the trigger that added to the narrative of the photograph.

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 USA. When I looked up and saw the lone bicycle on the top of a parking garage, I knew I had to photograph it with a different perspective. I decided to add the richly colored building in front of me with the strong, diagonal metal relief. 

I encourage you to add project photography along with your other photographic interest. Look at your existing images captured over the years for ideas, and a possible starting point. You may have been capturing photographs that have a thematic style without your knowledge. Most photographers do! If not, start fresh and think about choosing a common, every day object that most people do not take the time to notice, and photograph it in different environmental settings over time.

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Italy. I fell in love with the contrasting background that added a bit of intrigue and depth to the image. The dog that walked through my frame as I was shooting was a gift.

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Morocco. The bright green door drew my attention first! I framed only part of the brightly colored door to draw attention to the simple gesture of the bicycle.

My one caveat or challenge to you is this: Stay true to your style of photography, while not interfering with the object or its environment in any manner. Find the joy of discovering pictorial possibilities where and when you find them. Release the child in your soul; and be captivated by the wondrous photo possibilities that are all around us!

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Sweden. I fell in love with the warm, butterscotch walls and the lone red bicycle. I decided to shoot a vertical to include the wonderful patterns of light on the wall above the bicycle.