I bring to you today, two of photography’s “top guns”.
I am one of those photographers who loves black and white imagery.
With that said, I doubt there is anyone anywhere who would have the
chutzpa, to suggest they’d like to see this first image only in shades
The great Jim Zuckerman created this real life fantasy at the Garden
in The Bay in Singapore. The warms and cools (colors) are colliding
and dripping in art!
Charles Glatzer remains one of the world’s top wildlife photographers,
and this Alaskan Brown Bear with a salmon shows why they line up for
Great subjects at great locations with great company and great
teachers, are hard to beat.
I blindly grabbed (as usual) a few of my old images and I will just
share what they bring to my mind.
This old film image seemed curiously odd to me at first sight. I am
not positive where or when I made it, and I admit it is certainly not
a “mainstream” sort of a photo. That has never been a stumbling block
I love contrasts and this image is sharply contrasted with the dark
rock and white ice and water. The hard ice and water also contrast
with the soft “bridal veil” falling water. That of course was
accomplished with a slow shutter speed.
A somewhat strangely composed image, from a somewhat strange photographer.
There has never been anything more interesting to me than a great
natural history subject combined with great, dynamic light.
I caught this Cloudless Sulphur early one morning in 2008. The
morning sun was warming my friend but it still did have a few beads of
dew remaining in some areas.
I used a Nikon camera firmly placed on a tripod, with a shutter speed
of 1/25th sec., and an aperture of f/25. Instead of using a cable
release I (as normal during this period) had my self-timer set at what
was probably 2 seconds. That is enough time that the shutter activated
well after my hands had been removed from the camera. The background
was a good distance from my subject and remained primarily black as I
had hoped. There were two or three tiny areas of plant stems that
caught that sun. They were disturbing so I cloned them out in the
The techniques (and any flaws) used in super close-up macro photography, are magnified
as much as your subject is. A great lens, a solid tripod and head, and
a hands off approach with either a cable release of by using a
self-timer, can be paramount. It of course does not hurt, to have some
vivid morning light that is just enough to the side of the subject, to
create a textural feeling to the image.
I write less and less about the Xs and Os used in creating my images.
I always have received more questions about techniques used when
making close-up/macro images than any other, therefore I often include
a bit of info on such images when I share them.
Finally we have one of my largest categories of images, the
sunrise/sunset. I have not a clue where I made this but I am guessing
it is a sunrise, rather than a sunset. Those crepuscular rays that are
peaking out from the clouds in the sky, and are faintly mimicked in
the water, help elevate this image somewhat from being average.
A sunrise/sunset image is a good way to say goodbye for now.