Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Tree's "Best Side"... Photography Tips




There are so many photography tips... and I wanted to share a few again. This post has many pictures that are all various views of the SAME tree!  :)

Can it really make a difference? A picture of a tree is just a picture, right? No.... there is a lot of difference. Keep reading and looking at the pictures to see why.











 In this post, every picture... is of the same tree!  The pictures are of the same tree from various sides and angles.

The tree doesn't look like much in this picture... boring.... and the color isn't good.
 










 The tree from another angle... the water looks okay, but the color is washed out of the picture overall.














 Another view... color is better in the sky and water... but the tree isn't great and overall it's not a great picture.

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Take pictures of an object or scene from different angles and sides. Though the object can look boring from one angle, it may be great from a different angle.
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Another blah photo.




















This is the view from the other side... looks different... and it's okay... but not what I wanted.
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Some of the pictures that don't work for THE picture you want... may have a part that would be wonderful if you cropped it down. These are great pictures to "play" with. Crop them down, change to black and white or just experiment. You may find a winner... and you will probably learn something new.
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This is the same picture... but I added a little more fill light and a few shadows. The color looks natural for what we saw that day (it was a beautiful day for pictures), and the "ho-hum" picture from above now is more interesting. 











Again, there is the same picture, but I changed it to black and white and added a few shadows. This picture is not one I would use and I don't like it. Sometimes a black and white photo can be amazing though, so it can be fun to try it.









This was the same picture as the three above, but this time, I made a copy and cropped as I explained in: 

A Killdeer... and Photography Tips 


Sometimes, you can come up with a nice picture... this time,  the picture is okay, but I won't use it other than here as an example.  




This photo is really blurry.... my camera messed up for a while and I didn't notice. Sad because I have a lot of photos I would have liked except they are so blurry. It's hard to see the screen for the camera when out in the sun,  so I didn't notice. Also, the picture was crisp and clear until I hit the shutter button then it blurred, so I didn't catch it until after I had taken several.









 This picture is interesting, but not what I wanted overall. There are things I like about it.. the reflection, lily pads, greens in the water, blue water, leaves hanging down, etc.... so I may use it in some way.














 This was a good one.... but I still took another one and changed it slightly.  The next one is the best one. These 2 photos are very similar, but the second one is better. 

Notice that the metal and the sticks on the right side of the first picture are not in the second one.







 This photo is pretty much untouched... just a tiny bit of shadow added... it was worth taking so many pictures to get this one. 

You can tell that the angle in this one is better for the reflection and the lily pads. It is also better to have the extra line of blue water in this picture that shows on the other side of the walkway. Overall it is a much better picture. 

I really like the curved trunk of the tree and then the reflection that makes it like a half circle. A graceful arc and lots of interest in the picture. 

I hope these tips have been helpful. Remember to take LOTS of pictures so that you have more to choose from... you may have to throw some out, but there may be some good or great ones in there too.  :)  Thank you for visiting.... I love to read your comments.... I hope you have a great week. 


Other posts in this Photography Tips series, include: 

Tea... and Photography Tips?????


A Killdeer... and Photography Tips





 "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."  Psalm 68:19

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40 comments:

  1. This post was very interesting. Thanks for sharing your process.

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    1. Thank you... I'm glad it was interesting and I hope it will help someone. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  2. I agree with you that you have to take a lot of pictures to get the one that you really are looking for! The bend of the tree really added some pizzaz to the picture, and the lighting finally worked too! Enjoying your photography tips :)

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    1. Thank you... and taking so many pictures has really helped me to know what will work better and what won't do as well so it cuts down on the "wasted" pictures too. :) Such a learning process. Thank you for the sweet comment... it was nice to have you visit.

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  3. I love the tree pictures! I love the tips. I usually take a bunch of pics from different angles too, until I achieve what I want!

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    1. Thank you.... that is encouraging to hear. There are so many ways to photograph any object... :) So glad you visited.

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  4. My favorite is actually the one named tree+4, if it were cropped closer and rotated a tiny bit - the silhouette of the branches against the sky is stunning! I like photography a lot more now that we have the digital ability to take dozens of photos of the same subject! Film was exppppeennnssive!

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    1. Yes, it was expensive... and so was developing that film... and the waiting for the pictures to return was not fun. Fun to hear of your favorite... that one caught my eye when I was doing it, but I haven't worked with any of that crop of pictures except for this post, so didn't pursue it. Maybe someday. I like going back and getting ideas from my large amount of pictures saved... and how nice to have so many. I do miss having them printed out though too and need to print a few more, especially of the family. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  5. I love looking at trees, seeing the way they grow, the angles they take, the vines that wrap around and around them. Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post.

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    1. I do too... there is so much variety and beauty to be seen. :) Thank you for visiting and for sharing my post.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your photography tips with us. They are helpful, and I'm off to read your other posts! :D Take care, Cynthia

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    1. You're welcome... I do enjoy photography and am glad to share what I have learned and am learning... Thank you for visiting. :)

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  7. These are really great tips. I have to say when I do a post for a DIY project it is so much easier than a photo essay. The DIY project is pretty straightforward but the photo essay can keep me up all night till I edit and then pick the best ones of the bunch. You are absolutely right that we can spend hours going over them till we spot the right one. I love the last one but some of the others are pretty fantastic too.

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    1. Thank you so much... I agree that there are other good photos in there that could work for something.... just not what I wanted for this post. I have loved photography for years and just recently figured out that some of what I have learned (mostly by trial and error!) may be of help to others, which is why I started this. So far, the feedback has been positive. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  8. Always looking for more photography tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I found this post fascinating! I'll have to pass it along to my husband who loves to take nature pictures. Great tips! And I loved the final picture. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you.... what a blessing to hear that! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  10. Totally agree with you about angles of trees:) Love the first one and the Fifth the most:)

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    1. It sure does make a difference. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  11. Thanks for the tips. I really like tree photos. And if I can ever tear myself away from the stove and take some pictures of somethings besides food, it will be trees!

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    1. You're welcome.... There are so many interesting ways to photograph trees. :) Glad you stopped by.

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  12. Your post beautifully illustrates that perspective is everything

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    1. Thank you... Hmmm... perspective is everything works well in so many areas. :)

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  13. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and pinning and tweeting. :)

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  14. Thank you for sharing your tips. I can use all of the help I can get.

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    1. You're welcome... it is a learning process. Keep taking photos, experimenting, learning and most of all... enjoy it. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  15. This is a fabulous tip. It's amazing the difference a point of view can be.

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    1. Thank you... so true that the point of view can change things so much... Thank you for visiting. :)

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  16. Hi Gentle Joy!
    I love your post! You won the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party and will be featured on my site tomorrow! Yay! Congratulations!
    Janice, your hostess

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    1. Janice... that was such a treat! Thank you for featuring my post... what a blessing and an honor. :)

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  17. Great tips, Joy! I've learned this lesson over time ;) Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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    1. That's how I have learned many of my lessons... time, trial and error. I am hoping to shorten the process for others. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  18. Hi Joy,
    Everyone loved your post. Congratulations on winning the Inspire Me Monday contest.
    Thanks for bringing your post to Blogger's Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

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    1. What fun to hear that! Thank you for the contest and the party.... I am so thankful to have had that recognition of my post. :) I appreciate the visit.

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  19. Great post! Love how you showed the many different angles and ways to capture a single tree! :)

    With Love,
    Mandy

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    1. Thank you.. I had hoped it would be interesting and helpful.... thank you for visiting. :)

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