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Creating Depth in Your Landscapes

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.

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Ideas for Effective Composition

 

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.

 

 

Photograph the Transition between Seasons

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.

Use Changing light and conditions to add interest

January Morning at Winn Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I am always looking for a different perspective of photographing familiar areas and subjects. One of my favorite barns is located on Winn Road near Weston, Oregon. This is about one hour south of the Palouse. I visit this barn at all times of the year and at various times of the day. I am rarely disappointed in the images I capture at this spot.

On a January morning, I arrived at this barn about 30 minutes before sunrise and prepared to capture the barn at sunrise. To my delight as the sun was rising a fog filled the area where the barn was situated. I took my first image which is shown at the top of this post. As I waited the light was changing as can be seen in the image below. I also liked the black and white version of this image so included it as well.

January Morning at Winn Barn 2 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

January Morning at Winn Barn 2 b&w - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Finally as the sun got higher in the sky the fog lifted and the barn and its clouds were very visible as seen in the final image.  As you can see, by remaining in place I was able to capture several different images with a variety of moods of the same composition.

January Morning at Winn Barn 2009 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I would suggest trying this procedure as you may be amazed at the image that is available with just a change of light or conditions.

Experience Creativity

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Farm in the Palouse - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Creativity for most of us at times seems to be elusive. It seems we have the tendency in our work to go into a deep fog. It is difficult to drag ourselves out because we feel we have to do something totally awesome to get our creativity back.

My mentor Scott Bourne has posted an article on Photofocus that speaks to this issue of creativity. I find it very insightful as it offers some perspectives I hadn’t considered. Give it a read and see if the points hit home with you.

The final thought expresses being creative is “being you”.

Ideas for Improving Your Photography

 

Barn Lit by Morning Light - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Barn Lit by Morning Light - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I would like to share with you an article “10 Ways to Improve Your Photography without Buying Gear” that was published by my mentor Scott Bourne on Photo Focus. It has some outstanding principles to help you improve your photography. Over the years that I have worked with Scott he has shared these ideas with me in various ways. 

That is one reason I created this blog and am emphasizing the Palouse. It is a beautiful area that is dear to my heart and it is easy for me to get passionate about the people and the images that are available there. Enjoy the reading and taking these ideas to heart will greatly enhance your images.

Friendly Folks in the Palouse

After a morning shoot at Steptoe Butte, I was traveling toward Oakesville when I spotted the barn in the image above. The rain was coming down in a steady downpour but I  stopped to look around. I saw a house back in the trees and decided to ask for a property release so I could come back and shoot the barn later.
I came to find out a few minutes later that the owners of the barn were a friendly couple that invited me in for some coffee and conversation. They told the story of how they had acquired the barn and were raising Arabian horses. After about an hour, we noticed it had stopped raining so they wanted to show me the barn up close as well as show me their horses.
This experience is very similar to many that I have had in the Palouse. The folks that live there are very warm and friendly and welcome you with open arms. Plan on spending some enjoyable time if you engage someone in conversation.
Needless to say, I left with a property release, some great images and a couple of new friends that assured me I was welcome to return at any time for a visit and also to photograph the barn and horses.
Horses near Red Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Horses near Red Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

After a morning shoot at Steptoe Butte, I was traveling toward Oakesville when I spotted the barn in the image above. The rain was coming down in a steady downpour but I  stopped to look around. I saw a house back in the trees and decided to ask for a property release so I could come back and shoot the barn later.

I came to find out a few minutes later that the owners of the barn were a friendly couple that invited me in for some coffee and conversation. They told the story of how they had acquired the barn and were raising Arabian horses. After about an hour, we noticed it had stopped raining so they wanted to show me the barn up close as well as show me their horses.

This experience is very similar to many that I have had in the Palouse. The folks that live there are very warm and friendly and welcome you with open arms. Plan on spending some enjoyable time if you engage someone in conversation.

Needless to say, I left with a property release, some great images and a couple of new friends that assured me I was welcome to return at any time for a visit and also to photograph the barn and horses.