The reality that on average is captured by a human eye consists on an amplitude of 180 degrees, while only a designed portion is constructed by a clear image. An image to the naked eye contains two parts: a sharp focus and blurred edges.
In the summer of 2018, my wife and I drove down the spectacular Oregon coast in our 2001 VW Vanagon. We camped in various campsites and enjoyed the clean air, good weather, beautiful scenery and friendship of other campers. We spent our days hiking along the coast and through the woods and in the evenings, made dinner at our campsite, eating smores by the fire and spending quality time together. In Southern Oregon, we camped at Sunset Bay State Park, just across the road from the beach. The following day, we hiked from Sunset Bay to Cape Arago, a fairly easy eight and a half mile walk that took us through the gorgeous gardens in Shore Acres State Park to the sea lions at Cape Arago, with plenty of photo ops along the way.
On this particular Caribbean evening my thoughts were drifting me into a state of discontent. From a rooftop in Santiago de los Caballeros, I sat, as any introvert does at some point during a friendly gathering, alone. Alone in a corner of a rooftop without my well traveled notebook whom I usually talk to on nights like this one.
A good photo is only as good as the subject. This is Mike, my partner of nine years, and he is sitting atop one of the most treacherous, technical, and dangerous hiking trails in all of the Swiss Alps.
I took this picture on the last day of the last decade. 31.12.2019. I was flying home from Spain to London after spending Christmas with family. 2019 had not been a great year for me. I was struggling with a back injury that was not healing at a rate I was happy with. I had been feeling pretty negative about life and felt I was missing out on a lot including spending time with my children. I also felt a lot of guilt about how much extra my wife had to do as I was incapacitated.
It was the first time I was going to be attending a concert as a concert photographer. I had a great camera, a nice big SD card for the camera, my phone (thank goodness!) as backup, and my media pass stuck to my sleeve. The only issue was that I had to buy new batteries for the camera. And a charger, because it takes a specific type of battery. Okay. Not a big deal. Hit Best Buy, hit up Amazon, got four new batteries and two chargers. That should do it. I'll just charge them for a little while before we leave for the concert.
Even though it is difficult to choose from so many of my photograhs, I decided to go with one that is dear to my heart. There are other ones of my photos that perhaps are more impressive, with dazzling sunsets or more exciting subjects of nightlife and bright lights of the city but I decided on entering this photo, that in some ways is rather simple.
Hello all! Welcome back! This week we'll be looking at phone photography and DSLR photography for Vocal's "Mobile Moments". I think that the path I'll be taking with writing this is a little different to what Vocal and Moment intended, but it wouldn't be my writing if I didn't do it slightly different. So what is the competition? Vocal would like us to take an image with our phones, share our creative process to the finest detail we can; from concept to product.
The inspiration behind this photo was how old this tree has been here and all the things I’ve done with it. For starters I took some of my first pictures here and thought it would be a great spot to take this one. The other inspiration behind this photo is how long that tree has been here and how often we use it for photography’s which is almost never. I am new to photography and so is this tree pretty much, so I thought it would be perfect to combine the two thing into one photo. It was not very hard to take the photo. However it did take a little bit of effort to climb the tree and walk around in the tree to find the perfect spot for this photo. It was not the first photo taken or the first one taken in the tree. There were mutiple other spots that produced photos that might have even looked better than this. However in the end this in seemed the most interesting to me and I decided to go with it. It wasn’t just interesting because of the location but also because enough can’t see anything like that in other places if the tree besides where it was taken. I looked around the tree multiple times but looking at this was just different from any other places on the tree. Another thing I personally like is how you can almost see the depth and texture of the bark it didn’t look like some scratches on the tree. Also on a more personal note. This tree has lots of meaning to me. It’s been here since the day I was born and has been here since we have lived at this house. So I have spent a lot of time looking at it and spent a lot of time in it. This photo was just a new way to look at it. It was a way I haven’t looked at it before also. The photo itself is how it looked right out of camera. Although there were a couple times it looked a little better if you edited it there wasn’t many things in my opinion that made it look better. Also editing it would have gotten rid of the rawness that I like in photos like this one. I also liked the fact that although there maybe a technic like the one I use there will never be a photo exactly like it. I also like the fact that the branches almost look like a maze. Something I really like to try and do. Also the way the the bigger branch’s are almost opening up to the camera look really cool to me and was another reason why I liked this photo. Also the fact that it was different from anything I have ever seen so all though there might be some like this the other photos I have taken are like tons of other photos. Like one if the ones were you have a branch or a tree or object with the sun on the side shining in. This photo was just not like anything I have ever done or seen before. Also when doing this photo I loved taking it with my phone not only because it’s different but because I put it in places we’re a camera can’t fit and places I would be willing to put it. Also using this made it a lot safer for me and a lot easier to be climbing a tree because I did not need to change a lense to get the shot and I didn’t need to change my iso and didn’t need to focus because the camera did it all for me which was something very cool a different then taking a photo on a mirror less or dslr camera or even taken pictures with film.
I started taking photographs to help me remember moments and to share them with people who weren't there to experience something with me. This, along with my fear of forgetting, drove me to visually document my everyday life as well as my epic adventures.