You can of course view these photos for their sheer artistic expression, but you can also learn photo techniques and strategies for capturing similar images.
So the following are seven images from “Interestingness” with brief descriptions of what I think stands out in these selections, as well as what techniques the photographers may have used in making the images.
I of course invite other photographers to share their insight as well, for each of us sees something different in works of art. These images are samples of what I believe can be captured by anyone who is serious about photography. Following each description is Exif data, which includes the exposure settings of the camera when the photo was taken. This data is typically embedded in digital photos.
Please link to the photos and give the photographers some much deserved positive comments.
Often I see elements of graphic design in subjects for photos. In this photo, the photographer crops out much of the subject and captures recurring squares in both the pool and the tile. The nice curve that runs through the middle of the image completes the composition.
You can find subjects for these type of photos nearly everywhere in downtown buildings and other forms of architecture.
Exif Data: Nikon D300S, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 50mm, ISO 400
For an action shot like this one, you have to be prepared. You can’t point and shoot at the subject to capture an image like this. The photographer used both a slow shutter speed of 1/40th of a second and he panned his camera with the movement of the biker as he clicked the shutter.
This technique freezes the subject in the foreground and blurs the background. If the photographer had used a fast shutter speed, he would have not got the blurred motion effect. Be prepared to take several shots at these type of sporting events to capture one really great one like this.
Exif Data : Olympus E-420, f/1.0, 1.40 sec, ISO 100, QuickTime software
Every serious photographer should capture at least one sunset shot in his or her lifetime. This image features a very nice silhouette with the setting sun in the background. Silhouettes should be very distinctive and their shapes very familiar in these type of shots. You typically want to shoot using a tripod with a relatively wide aperture or slow shutter speed.
Notice that the photographer used a very slow ISO (light sensitivity setting) which helps reduce graininess in the image. These type of shots are typically not spontaneous. You will probably want to visit the venue several times to capture the right moment.
Exif Data: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/8.0, 1/640 sec, ISO 50, 200mm, Aperture 3.0 software
Red and Green, by rosyrosie2009
Close-up photos of raindrops on flowers or tree leafs like this one can be so striking because they capture and depict such a beautiful part of nature. As soon as the rain stops, it’s a perfect time to grab your camera and tripod (to avoid camera shake) and set up for this type of shot.
This photo is appropriately titled because the contrast of the green blurred background and the red foreground compliment one another so strongly. The photographer”˜s use of a telephoto lens helps create the strong shallow depth of field which strengthens the detail of the foreground.
If you’re a serious photographer, definitely try to shoot these type of images.
Exif Data: Nikon D5000, f/7.1, 1/125, ISO 256, 185mm, GIMP software
This shot, in a section of Valencia, is very picturesque. The contours of the street and apartments lead your eyes into the image. The rich color and tones make this photo almost like a painting. You almost walk into a subject like this and visualize how it will look before you take the shot.
Exif Data : none
The drama of the cloudy sky and the smooth silky texture of the water in this black and white image convey both an awesome and eerie feel. The lighting of the rich and powerful architecture of the silhouetted bridge is well controlled both in the taking of the shot and in post production in Photoshop.
The shot was taken with enough light to see the bridge”˜s reflection in the water. Nearly anytime you can capture reflections in a photograph, the subject of the image stands out more. The photographer more than likely used a tripod so as to capture a sharp, detailed image.
Exif Data: Canon 50D, f/29, 100 ISO, 20mm, Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Many images are powerful for the simplicity of the subject. This is the type of photo you capture just driving around in any city or town. A lone abandoned car, truck, trailer sitting against a bright colorful background is just waiting to be photographed.
There’s nothing to set up about this image. On a bright day, you can capture it hand-held. And don’t be bashful about bumping up the color contrast in Photoshop to make the colors stronger and richer.
Exif Data: Canon 30D, f/2.8, 1/250 seq, 50mm, ISO 100 Adobe Photoshop C3
If you are a beginner or intermediate photographer, please check out my MUO Guide to Digital Photography for additional tips for shooting photos. If there are images on the net that inspire you, let know about them in the comments section.
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