Images by Jon Evan: Blog en-us (C) Images by Jon Evan [email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) Tue, 22 Nov 2022 11:57:00 GMT Tue, 22 Nov 2022 11:57:00 GMT Images by Jon Evan: Blog 102 120 The Strength of Color and how it relates to photography Mastodon Colors in a photograph can affect the mood of a scene and how we interpret it. They can be described as calming, exciting, placid, bright, brilliant, or dull. Well positioned within a frame, the colors alter how the photograph is perceived. Furthermore, they can be enhanced through saturation, hue, and luminance. This allows the photographer to change the characteristics of individual colors to strengthen the composition.  In addition, the "raw" digital photograph that begins in color, can be converted to Black and White by removing the colors and adjusting the luminosity values, but that is an entirely different discussion.

A Master photographer must know the way colors interact with the audiences eyes. Any adjustment in the intensity of light brings about a shift in color and how it is perceived. If the position or angle of light changes, whether the source is reflected or direct, the colors in the scene will change. The master photographer will recognize these changes to improve the work and subject matter.

Color in an image can help to generate a "feeling" in a photograph and an emotional response ranging from fear, to love, to anger or happiness. An image that has a blue cast is representative of a sad, gloomy, or somber mood, while red is perceived as causing an angry, antagonized, or irritable mood.

  We're AllWe're AllThe coastline in Jupiter, Florida produced a wonderful dawn. This location is called Coral Cove Park.



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Am I done learning from others? Sort of! I am an advocate of learning as much as you can about various photographic techniques and from individual photographers as possible. All this learning leads to something wonderful, the development of your own unique vision of how an individual perceives the world around him through photography.

Speaking for myself, I always strive to learn different skills and methods. I received most of my instruction from Vincent Versace, Lee Gordon, Jack Wild and Andy Cook. In addition, I have read lots of books on photography.  With my particular combination of instructors and books, I have created and melded them into my "own style." It is not so unique, but it works for me! I love learning new techniques, which allows me to add another tool to the belt. I might not use the new method, but it usually allow me to complete my task in a different way. Maybe I will combine it with a different method or not. It allows me to be more creative as an artist. Recently, I took my 3rd workshop with famed photographer and author Vincent Versace on "Mastering Black and White Techniques." Although the week long class was extremely informative and the instructor was very forthcoming with information, I won't use his exact techniques. Why?  Well, I had an epiphany this week. I tried using his techniques on my own and realized that his way might be easier and more detailed, it is not my way. I see landscape photography world slightly different. And, I like to see it my way.  I see the world differently than him or any other photographer. I will always see it differently.I was extremely impressed by Versace's style and may incorporate a few of his methods with my own "style."

What I took away from the course is that a photographer should take advice from others, learn from others and incorporate those techniques or views and make it their "own."


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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photo photographer photography prints Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:29:50 GMT
When do I "break the rules?" Shadows on the MountainShadows on the MountainThis image was photographed on one of the roads in central Iceland.

The rules of composition were established by the Masters of Art( Davinci, Michaelangelo) eons ago. These rules were used to create a journey in an image and to keep the viewer captivated. The masters wanted to keep their audience from looking away from their art.

Some examples of rules are: The horizon line in the top 1/3 or bottom 1/3 of the image; The main subject of the image should not be centered; The image must have balance between light and dark; The horizon must be level( no weird angles) ; The eyes of the main subject should look into the middle of the image( not look out).


So, when do I break the rules? I don't! I prefer to keep things simple in my photographs and take the viewer on a journey. I want their eyes to travel though out my photograph, have a main subject or resting place, and then continue to observe different aspects of my image.

If I were to "break the rules," I would place my horizon in the middle of the image or place my subject in the center of the picture. Or, I would use extreme odd angles. But extreme angles in Landscape Photography make the viewer feel like they are falling off the page!

Breaking the rules usually created some unknown tension for the viewer, which I don't want to do. I want to create a sense of place.



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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photo photographer photography Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:29:19 GMT
What is a reflection and How I use it! Light on the PeakLight on the PeakThe light just hits the peak of the mountain at Bow Lake in Banff National Park, Canada. The reflection of the mountain shows a slight hint of light from the peak during sunrise.

Webster's dictionary defines reflection as an image that is seen in a mirror or on a shiny surface. It is the return of light or sound waves from a surface. The light that is not reflected is absorbed by a surface. A majority of objects absorb some light that hits them. When the object completely absorbs the light, the surface is black. A surface that is white will reflect all wavelengths of color. The characteristics of the surface will determine what wavelengths of light that are present or absorbed. Based upon this, the suface will have different values of color.

Angle of perspective is also an important aspect of color. Depending upon the angle that a photograph is taken from will determine how light will change the surface of the object. The direction and type of light can improve the object being photograph.



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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photo photographer photography prints Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:24:37 GMT
The "Feeling" of a Photograph! There is a difference between a "snapshot" and a photograph that creates an emotional response. They may both might have good compositions and be technically correct, but the latter will create something else. The viewer will have an conscience or passionate feeling about what they see in the image. In other words, the photograph evokes a "feeling."  How does a photographer do this? The photographer must look beyond the "technical" and what is in front of them. They must use their own understanding, intuition, compassion, and humanity to elicit an emotional response from their audience. When achieved by the fine art photographer, the image has "feeling" and creates more than the sum of its parts.  I enjoy listening to music while taking photographs. I see what I hear! My images record that "ultimate crescendo."




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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photographer photography Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:22:27 GMT
How i See in Black and White! How do I know if an image is suitable to converted into Black and White. Its easy! 
First, I look to see if there is a general hue or tone to the image. Does the scene have a blue cast,such as on a cold day. Is there fog present in the image. Are the colors muted or do the colors look washed out? Or are there warm colors(yellows,reds or oranges)? Is everything green? These are all indications that the photograph might work well in black and white.

I also will squint my eyes to decrease the colors reaching my eyes. This will help create a colorless scene.

I will also look to see if the image is very busy. Are there green leaves everywhere? Are there any colors that jump out at me? Is there a lot of contrast in the image?

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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photographer photography Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:51:19 GMT
When traveling, remember to go with the flow! I just got back from a recent trip to Banff National Park. I knew when I booked the trip that it June was their "rainy" season. Well, not only did it rain, but it rained more in 2 days while I was there than it had in 6 months.
They got so much rain, that my scheduled photography outings got washed out. Thats right, the road washed out leading into banff, trapping vacationers for days. I was one of them!. Not only were the roads washed out, but do to flooding, half of my trip washed out too. The first group of locations turned to mud. And, then became so flooded that the parks department sectioned off those areas preventing traveling. 

So, I waited. I was prepared to extend my trip. However, 4 days later things improved drastically. The roads north of me in Lake Louis were opened and so did the cloudy blue skies.

Although, I was slightly stressed when this drama started to unfold, I soon realized that all was not lost. Not completely. And, by the end of the 12 day trip, I had some great photographs!


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My first publication in a magazine! This is my first photograph published in Black and White Magazine. I was pleasantly surprised that Black and White Magazine chose this as one of the finalist in their Single Image Portfolio Contest. Its not my favorite image, but it is certainly interesting! Little PlantLittle PlantI photographed this small plant near a large river in Smoky National Park.


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Your vision of photography might not be mine! I had a discussion with a fellow photographer the other day and the topic of "why I bracket my photo's" came up.
Bracketing involves taking multiple exposures of the same scene. I do this because, in my opinion, the camera is limited in its dynamic range. It cannot properly read a scene that has a bright sky, while there is a dark foreground. The camera's dynamic range is limited. You can get close, but when I photograph a grand landscape, there is a considerable difference between the light from the ground and the light from the sky.

So, when I take photographs, I take extra pictures knowing that I will be combining them in photoshop to produce the optimum image.

Yes, I could use a single exposure and brighten the dark areas and decrease the bright areas, but this produces one major issue. NOISE!. When you try to adjust for the dark and light areas, the images starts to get grainy and appears to be dirty. 


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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photographer photography prints Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:45:13 GMT
My interpretation of an iconic scene-a nice Surprise! I recently took a trip to up to Canada to visit Banff National Park. I wanted to photograph one particular region of the park. 
I was browsing on photographs on Ebay about a year and a half ago and came across a photograph of some mountains covered in snow while the lake in the foreground appeared to be turquoise in color. I was quickly drawn to this color and began to search the internet to find out where this amazing location was. I had to find it!! After about 20 minutes of research, I had discovered the location, Lake Moraine in Banff National Park.

I looked over hundreds of photographs of the lake, mapped it out on Google Earth, and thus began my goal to visit the region. It took me about 14 months of waiting before I could go, but it was worth it.It was spectacular!
The color of the water was turquoise/ blue.. The water that comes that comes off the glaciers is an amazing hue of blue.

Anyways, I had a preconceived idea of what the lake looked like and where I was going to take some photographs. I figured that it would be pretty much the same thing as thousands of others had taken. The classic shot of Lake Moraine( the same one that is on their currency). 

To my surprise the photograph is similar, but a completely different interpretation of the scene.

And yes, I am quite pleased with it!!


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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photographer photography prints Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:42:59 GMT
Breaking through to the other side! There comes a point in a photographer's life where they feel like they can't improve anymore. They seem to get into a rut and cannot get inspired by their craft. It can be discouraging and disheartening when this wall is hit because he/she seems to lose that creative edge. Some feel they lack the creativity to continue. I recently went thru this phase. In fact, its not the first time either. Two years ago, I was sitting in a class room debating this topic. At that time I was told by my instructor to push thru it. I was feeling like I lost my MOJO. I did not think I could create anything new and I was no longer excited about photography. He was right. It took me about 3 months, but I was able to gain back that creative desire. I found myself looking at photography in a new light.

In fact, this happened again recently. I was feeling uninspired and lacked the desire to create. And, once again I was reminded that I need to get out and just photograph anything and everything. My lack of enthusiasm stemmed from my lack of sales. It had been over a month since my last sale and I felt like I was losing my mojo. 

I have discovered that I need to be patient when it comes to selling artwork. Thursday, I had a lengthy discussion with about a dozen colleagues that seem to think that I was not being realistic. I had become rather discouraged by the fact that I had not had any sales at Art Basel in Miami. This was compounded by the fact that I had spent quite of bit of cash on producing prints to show at the event.

But, my luck changed this afternoon. I found out that I sold a very large photograph from Glacier National Park.

What it means to me is that I need to be a bit more patient and not get discouraged so easily.






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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) evan glaser images jon landscape photographer photography Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:39:23 GMT
My ways of improving a composition, Working the Subject! What happens when I photograph a scene? 
First,I go through a thought process that involves rather simplistic and basic rules. I check for an interesting foreground subject. Whether it is a plant,dead tree,shrub,rock or any other subject for my foreground. I look thru the viewfinder and place that subject near the bottom right or left corners. I then make sure there are not any distracting elements such as additional rocks, leaves or plants around my "subject". The image is then divided into thirds in the viewfinder. I make sure my sky is either 1/3 or the background or 2/3 of the background. If the sky has lots of color and clouds, thats a bonus! If there are no clouds, then I choose to include less sky. I the that the camera is level and the start pressing the shutter, varying the exposure to make sure I have the perfect shot. I will also vary the focus depth for added control later when I process the image. I will try different perspectives and angles of the foreground subject in relation to the background also. This is called "working the subject."



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How long does it take me to prepare a photograph for publishing? This is a very good question. There is not right answer or a specific timetable. On average a photograph that I take in during my travels can take anywhere from 15 minutes to "give it my Mojo" or years. I have learned, very recently," that a photograph has no timetable for when its ready. I would like to be able to process it rather quickly, but that may not happen. For example, I took a series of photographs in January of 2010. I knew they were good, but until I actually had the skills necessary, I was unable to process them correctly. Yes it was frustrating, but I didnt know what skills were needed. In the future, I might have to reprocess them again, depending upon my skill set. In other words, there is actually no timetable. I might be able to show my vision or what I saw in the camera, quickly or it might take years!



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[email protected] (Images by Jon Evan) glaser images imagesbyjonevan jon landscape photographer photography Sun, 02 Feb 2014 01:18:28 GMT
My Story! How a retired dentist finds passion in Landscape Photography  I graduated from dental school in 1993. This was after 4 years of undergraduate work and 4 years of earning a degree in dentistry. After 8 years of schooling I was ready to finally hit the job market! I worked as an associate for about two years before I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy an existing dental practice. I practiced for 15 yrs in two different locations. And, I loved my job! I was so excited to help people with their mouths. It was an obsession, a hobby, and it was fun for me!. I would even go to the office an hour early just to be in the environment. I loved the problem solving, the case building and the camaraderie with other specialists. I was very proud of my accomplishments and what I had achieved!

That all came to a crashing halt in August of 2010, when medical issues prevented me from doing a great job and it became dangerous for the patients. I was stressed and I developed a short temper. When I informed the staff of my medical issues, they were not surprised. They had watched me struggle for a year with simple procedures and wondered what was going on. 

I decided that the best option was to sell the office and try something else. I had no choice either. It was better than causing any harm to a patient. I decided that I would try my hand at photography. So, I started taking courses at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Palm Beach Photographic Center and Various workshops across the country. I tried all genre's of photography. I tried still life, street photography, portraiture, wildlife, and landscape. It was after my first "real" landscape photography workshop that I became impassioned again.

I found something that I loved to do! I developed a keen eye and skills in the digital darkroom that enabled me to explore my inner voice and show others what I had achieved. 

I had truly come full circle to the "hobby" that I participated in as a child, but this time it is different. I used my creativity to help people before, but now I'm creating art to inspire people.


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How does the Human Eye Visualize a Photograph?
The human eye sees a scene in very small sections. That angle is about 3 radial degrees of acute(sharp) vision. The eye scans the entire field of view and then assembles those parts within the mind to construct an entire image. The eye moves randomly, back and forth selecting information rapidly and transmits it to the mind. It will stop momentarily at points-of-interest with precision when scanning a scene while leaving other areas unclear. Consequently, does not visualize an entire scene with complete "sharpness."
A photographer can do the same thing and direct a viewer's eye through an a photograph. A great composition can hold a persons attention in specific areas that are sharper than others. When composed well, the photographer can take a viewer on a "journey" throughout a picture directing their eyes to primary elements and then secondary elements. The successful photograph will have elements organized in a specific manner.The difference between a snapshot and a great photograph is what distinguishes an artist from ordinary people.
Shadows on the MountainShadows on the MountainThis image was photographed on one of the roads in central Iceland.


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How does a photographer define Composition A photograph can be defined as a the reproduction of an image on a flat surface. The image captures a moment in time. The elements that make up that photograph and how they are arranged is called a composition.

The composition is determined by:

     a)The main subject.

     b)The elements included in the photograph.

     c)Secondary elements.

     d)How much of the frame is filled by the main subject.

     e)The location of the main subject(bottom, middle, or top).

The composition, therefore, is the arrangement of different elements that communicate a subjects artistic interpretation. The successful photographer uses a photograph to tell a story through his or her own eyes and how they felt.


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Soul Without ColorSoul Without ColorI took this photograph at Smuggler's Cove, along the coast in Oregon.


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How I Critique Photographs SometimesSometimesThe picture was taken in Death Valley National Park. The black and white tones emphasize the rolling hills of sand. They appear to move like waves in water.


Since I ventured into the the Fine Art of Photography, I recognized that there is subtle technique properly critiquing one's own work as well as others.Although a critique can be extremely subjective, It should be based upon evaluation of key objective elements in a photograph, as well as subjective nuances that appeal will appeal to the viewer. A comment of, " I love that," or "It's great," are not enough of an observation. A critique should include reasons for liking or disliking a photograph.


I use the following criteria when evaluating photographs and whether I believe an image is "great" or not:

1)When I first look at a photograph,I observe technical criteria. Is the image sharp and "in-focus?" Is the image exposed correctly? If soft focus used, bokeh, was it used properly? Is negative space used properly? Should there be more or less negative space? Does the image need more or less detail in the shadows? Is the print itself correct? Is there too much contrast or does the photograph appear "muddy."

2) The second observation make involves a point of interest. I start to ask myself a few questions. Does my "eye" travel through the image? Do I get "stuck" any where? Is the image balanced? Is the "rule of thirds" being used? Is the horizon at the midpoint of the image? Is the center of interest placed in the proper position? Are leading lines detracting from the images? Do leading lines fall off the image? Is the Contrast and Color correct? Is there enough space between the center of interest and other elements? Is there any negative space that detracts from the center of interest?

2)The third observation when looking at photographs involves the foreground and background. I ask myself many questions about it. Is the background too busy? Does the foreground lead the viewer into the image? Is the foreground distracting? Does the background help the image or hurt it?

4)Finally, I critique the photograph as a genre. Does it tell a story? Do i get a sense of placement? Do I have an emotional response to the image? Do I "feel" anything while looking at it?


I have found that some people are better at receiving critiques better than others. I try I give constructive ideas to make the image more complete and suggest ideas that will improve an image, if it is needed. Once again, this is a very subjective thing. I always start with positive observations and items that I like about a piece. Then, after discussing those issues, I discuss areas that could be improved. Nobody really likes critiques because they tend to be personalized more than not. The object is the make them about the photograph and not about the individual.

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What makes a photographer great! What is the definition of a Great Photographer? I think he/she has certain traits and characteristics that sets them apart from the pack.

1)They strive to create something new and different.
2)Their work is "fresh and innovative."
3)They try to take their work beyond the norm.
4)They have a desire to take pictures.
5)They perceive their work as a passion.
6)They are not categorized in a specify genre(landscape,portrait).
7)They have a desire to create unique art.
8)They view the world through their own perceptions.
9)They takes us on a journey through their art.
10)They create work that will "live on."


Canyon WatersCanyon WatersThis is Bruarfoss, one of the many waterfalls in Iceland.


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I love this waterfall, but it wasn't easy to get there! Through the WatersThrough the WatersThis waterfall is called Seljalandsfoss. It's located in Iceland. The image was created after walking through a sheet of water and finding a semi-dry area behind the waterfall


I took this photograph in Iceland at a waterfall called Seljelandsfoss. I was told by previous photographers that the best image was from behind. So, I followed like a sheep. If I had known what I was in store for, I would never had gone. As I followed the path behind it, I saw a large sheet of water blowing across. I decided to cover up my camera and proceed. I only thought that it was going to be a couple steps to get through.Boy was I wrong! I ended up getting soaked! I even had to take my glasses off to see because the spray was so bad. When I finally got to the other side, I also found out that my Jacket was not waterproof. Ugh! So, trying to make the best of the situation, I set-up for the shot. I pressed the shutter over and over again due to fine mist spray still hitting me. Thank god I had a towel. Well, I got my photograph, packed up the camera and had to go back through that wall of water. No, it was not fun repeating the trek out from behind and I did not discover how good an image i got until I dried off and sat down to review!! Ultimately, I am very pleased with the outcome.


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The Camera VS. The Eye The Eye and the Camera do not see exactly the same way. When an individual looks at his or her surroundings, their eyes roam and scan the surroundings, focusing on objects close by or in the distant.  Even though the camera and the eye both have a lens, the eye is more complex and able to focus on an object while still incorporating the rest of a scene with peripheral vision. The brain filters this scene creating an image that is less chaotic. 

The camera is not able to perform this task. It is unable to filter the clutter, chaos or any other extraneous information. It just records the information.

To compensate for this “visual chaos,” the photographer must actually control what the camera records and exclude extraneous information. He/she must separate the objects in the scene.

This can be done with selective focus( aperture ), perspective, lighting, and shutter speed:

1.Selective focus: The lens of a camera has the ability to change depth of field. A photographer can manipulate how many objects are in focus by changing the aperture on the lens(f-stop). Opening the lens up(smaller aperture-lower number) creates areas in the image that will be out of focus thereby leading the eye visually to more focus areas in the picture.

2. Perspective: The angle that one photographs a scene can isolate an image more. This can be achieved by shooting from a different height; moving closer to or further away from the subject; or moving to the left or to the right of the subject.

3. Lighting: Using the proper lighting can help to remove the chaos from an image. This can be done by using a flash to brighten up the subject and darken the background; using a reflector to bounce light on to the object; or photographing the object at a different time of day.

4. Shutter speed: Shutter speed can be used to create or isolate the subject. Using a slower shutter speed can create a blur effect; or panning(moving the camera while taking the picture) can focus the viewers attention on the subject of the photograph.

The fine art photographer will use these methods to create an image that is organized and well thought out. 

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Did you use photoshop on that photograph? I have been asked this question a number of times about my landscape photographs recently and my answer is absolutely! Landscape photographers do this all the time because of the limitations of the camera.  All the great landscape photographers, past and present, use some form of manipulation. Ansel Adams used dodging and burning to change the tonal values of an image. Peter Lik uses a computer to do the same thing.


In my short time as a landscape photographer, I too learned about these limitations of the camera itself is. The camera is one tool used to capture an image. That so called "camera" only sees in mid-tones and does not have the dynamic scale to record all the information in my landscape photographs


The eye can see 24 different shades of light, but the camera can only see 12. On days where the light is even and there are no strong shadows underneath trees or objects, the camera will be able to record everything it "sees." This occurs on cloudy days. On days with bright sunlight and harsh shadows, the camera will only be able to record either the bright information or the dark information only. When a photographer tries to compensate for this in their camera, they can not produce one images that is properly exposed. They can produce two images;  One will be a bright picture with properly exposed shadows and the other will be a very dark picture with no detail in the lighter areas. This is the dilemma of a simple, but complicated piece of equipment. So, what is a photographer to do?  Blend the images in photoshop.


As a landscape photographer, we can use "photoshop" to compensate for these issues. There are a few ways to do this: 1)The first method would be to underexpose the image a little and then, with photoshop, bring up the highlights and shadows, to create a proper image; 2) The second option is almost the opposite. It would be to bring down the highlight areas and decrease the shadows to create a proper image; These two methods are limited to the amount of information the camera will be able to record. This will produce an image that may contain quite a bit of noise or grain in the image.


There is an additional solution which involves photographing 2 or 3 images and blend them together in photoshop. This is the method that I use.


Their is a method to this madness! First, a photograph is taken of the scene at mid tone levels.. This usually produces an image that has some areas that could be brighter and some areas that could be darker. A second photograph is taken with a proper exposure of the dark areas(usually the foreground). And, finally a third exposure is taken of the brighter areas(usually the sky). Then all three images are added together or blended using photoshop producing an image that represents what my eye saw that early morning or late evening.

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Pressing the shutter release on the camera is only half of the job! Landscape photography is a very difficult subject to handle. The camera's today are marvelous pieces of technology. But, they are limited in their dynamic range and only record a certain amount of information. For example, during a sunrise or sunset, a camera will be able to either record a properly exposed image of the background(sky) or foreground(earth). It is nearly impossible for a camera to record all the information in a scene in one image. It can be done, but without digital manipulation, the image with either appear to dark or too light. A photographer may be able to increase that dynamic range with split neutral density filters, but the problem will still remain. It will be improved, but there will be darker areas and lighter areas on the image that will not be seen unless recovered using photoshop or some other comparable software program to digitally enhance the image.

One of the key factors in this equation is the light available from the sun. If it is cloudy, great. I can record the image on the camera and avoid dark shadows. I can also do this at twilight, but a longer exposure is necessary. The worst time to take photographs is when the scene is very contrasty and has no mid-tones to speak of!

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How does a photographer create their own "style." As a new professional photographer, I have learned one thing. It takes time to develop your own style. It is a process that cannot be rushed or cannot be copied. Every photographer has a vision about how they see a subject. This interpretation is what helps create our individuality. 
I tried to copy other artists in the past, but that is a futile attempt.

I remember asking one of my instructors, How do I create my own style'? He chuckled and said it comes with time and the development of the inner voice. It has taken me almost three years to develop my style. My style evolved thru music. I hear what I see in my head. The best way to explain would be if you were listening to a song that slowly builds. The beat gets faster and the chords get stronger. Until the ultimate crescendo occurs and the shutter is release in the camera.

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Why I take a Photograph When I take a photograph, I am freezing a "moment in time." Whether it is the rushing of water or the sun passing behind a mountain, these moments are all fleeting. Have you actually ever watched the sun set over the horizon? The amount of time is rather quick! The time between the first moment the sun touches the edge of a horizon and the sun passes below can be less that a few minutes. Next time your outside, watch how fast it is! Please do not stair at the sun(you will go blind). But, take a few glances at it. Before you realize it ,its gone! Thats why I take photographs,,I have a strong desire to capture that moment. 

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