Old Barn with Wooden Fence - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
I have been reviewing and analyzing some of my ideas for effective composition. I remembered an acronym that was shared with me many years ago by my mentor Scott Bourne. The acronym is EDFAT which stands for entire, detail, focal length, angle and time. EDFAT represents what should be covered when photographing an event or a subject.
1. Capture the entire scene to give context
2. Capture details that are important to help tell the story
3. Change the focal length to add interest
4. Vary the angle to show different perspectives
5. Shoot at a different time to capture a different look
The images in this post represent each of the components of the acronym except for time.
Corvair with Red Barn - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
I found this old barn in the Palouse and proceeded to capture images that would show the areas of interest in the scene.
Windows on Old Barn - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Barn Window - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Old Door - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Hardware on Barn Door - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Remember this acronym as you are interacting with a subject or composition so different elements can be shown.
Morning Light on Rolling Hills - ©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
Please join me The Palouse Guy for a workshop in the Palouse. I will be teaching a workshop with Ara Roselani this spring from May 25 – May 29. Go to the workshop tab at the top of page for more details and a registration form.
I hope to see you as we explore and photograph this amazing area with great landscapes and barns.
Clouds over Red Barn 1
As I am sitting in rainy Seattle, I am daydreaming about some of my special sites for photography. Admittedly, a cloudy sky with an old red barn and abundant wheat crop is one of my favorite views. I can think of no better place for that experience than the Palouse region of eastern Washington.
When you find a scene that you particularly relish, I would encourage you to shoot it from all angles. In addition I always make a composition in both a landscape and a portrait format. I think each of these can tell a different story or give a more complete story about the scene if both are included. I know this is a simple tip but one that I think will enhance your ability to portray the scene that provided meaning for you.
Clouds over Red Barn 2
Enjoy your time as you visit the Palouse and take in all the beautiful scenery of this photo rich area.
Old Barn in Wheat Field - ©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
One of my favorite things about photographing in the Palouse is the wide expansive vistas that are available. It makes it very easy to isolate a subject without a lot of wires and clutter around.
The barn in this image was taken in the afternoon and was very easy to shoot from any angle because of the great openness surrounding it. As many times occurs in the Palouse, clouds come up in the afternoon which add to the image. This ability to isolate the subject creates a striking image with simplicity.
To experience this simple beauty, I would suggest a trip to the Palouse area of eastern Washington. Harvest is just starting to get into full swing in the next couple of weeks so the images should be amazing.
Glowing Fence Posts - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
As I visited the Palouse today, I was surprised at the look of winter in the area. Typically at this time of year there is snow on the ground and the temperatures are very cold. As you can see from the image at the top of this post there was no snow and the temperature was very moderate.
The winter wheat is showing through the ground and as I spoke with a couple of farmers in the area they mentioned it almost seems like spring has come. Also I was able to drive to the top of Steptoe Butte in my car. I haven’t been able to do that for several years during January.
With the mild weather and some clouds in the sky, I had a great time visiting and photographing the area. Once again, it seems the Palouse is a great region to photograph at any time of the year.
Deserted Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
I was sent an article a couple of days ago by a friend and I thought I would share it with you. It is entitled “Choose Your Rut Carefully” and it was written by Lori Woodward Simons. The article deals with how an artist gains a following and becomes known for a particular style or subject.
I have been enjoying photographing in the Palouse for the last few years and that subject has been something I have been known for. As I read the article it made me think about that subject matter and how it fits into my overall work of photography.
I think as you read the article, it will make you do some thinking about your style and how you want to be known. Being in a “rut” can be good or bad depending on your interest and goals.
Cold Day in January - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
As we start the new year of 2010, we all tend to make resolutions. My mentor Scott Bourne wrote a short article that I think gives us food for thought as photographers. It is entitled “Are You Excited about Photography?”
I think the message is very appropriate as we shoot any subject at any time. I know I have a feeling of joy and excitement as I create images and always am hopeful that I can share my experience through the finished product.
As you are looking for resolutions as you start this new year, incorporate the ideas that are presented to help you create the best images you can to share with others. As I travel the Palouse and others venues, I am constantly aware how fortunate I am to visit these wonderful places and the opportunity I have to capture the moment and share it with others.
Have a Happy New Year!
Fog on a Winter Morning - Copyright Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
When shooting landscapes in the Palouse, I like to use the layers of the rolling terrain to add depth to the image. As you can see in the image at the top of this post the contours of the hills help to show that the fog is in the distance. To me it is important to create as much depth as I can in a landscape by showing foreground as in the first layer of the field, midground where the barn is located and finally the background where the fog is viewed.
Using layers to create more interest in your landscapes gives your eyes the chance to keep moving through the image. The contours in the Palouse allow you to utilize this technique very effectively.
Red Barn in Fresh Snow - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
I was very interested in an article by Scott Bourne on Photofocus that discusses what to include in the composition of an image. I found the suggestions to be useful and hopefully they will help you as well as you develop not only your photo skills but also your ability to see what makes a good composition.
Read, learn and enjoy.
Textured Snow with Red Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
I have always loved to shoot landscapes during transition times of the year. These periods usually only last for a few days at most. In the Palouse the time between winter and spring can give some great venues
I was visiting in the Palouse last February and ventured out in the early morning to explore the countryside around Colfax, Wa. The images in this post are the result of that early morning trip. The air was crisp and cold with the temperature in the high 20’s.
February Morning in the Palouse - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 209 - All Rights Reserved
The picture at the top of this post shows a lot of texture in the snow as the day before it had been raining and windy. The other two images were taken on my way to Steptoe Butte. By the way as I arrived at Steptoe Butte a little later, the road was still snow covered and not passable to the top even with my 4 wheel drive.
Snow is Vanishing - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
If you are in the Palouse during February or early March remember to take advantage of the fleeting time between seasons. As always the terrain provides beautiful landscapes.