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Just a Glimpse

There are lots of times when I am out kayaking that I get just a glimpse of a subject and then they are gone. Lots of the time I am able to just fire off one or two frames and my subject is gone.  I barely have time to aim the kayak, drop the paddle, raise my camera and fire.  That is why I use the custom settings on my camera.  I have C1 set for animals that are fairly stationary; and C2 set for birds in flight.  My settings for C1 are...

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The Colors of Sunrise

I love watching the progression of color during sunrise and sunset...When I first approached the river the sky contained some nice pink clouds...

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15 stops and be there longer

We had nice clouds on Saturday so I grabbed my camera with my 15-30mm lens and my 15 stop Neutral Density filter and headed to the river...Ironically, while I was taking 4 minute exposures with a 15mm lens, the sea lion that has been frequenting our stretch of the river appeared. Read the blog to find out what happened when the sea lion got closer!

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Bracketing Compositions

I bracket compositions much more than I do exposures. I feel confident, after 40 years of picture taking that I can get the exposure correct, but composition is much more subjective and emotional...Changing focal lengths, my height perspective or even just shifting right or left can make huge differences of the feel of an image. As a photographer I am trying to capture an emotion and feeling of a particular subject and share that with others. How I place the frame is critical to telling that story. And there is no one right answer.

My advice is, if you have time, bracket those compositions...When you get them all back, evaluate them as a group.  See what was successful, and what wasn’t...

Here is a series of images to illustrate these concepts. Let me know which one is your favorite.

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LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.

 

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