Sunday, February 28, 2016



March, according to the weathermen, is the first month of spring.  Even though the official first day of spring is March 21st, the first month of spring is March.  So, does anyone have spring fever like me?  I am soooo tired of winter.  Where I live, we have been pounded with winter weather, and now we have been blessed with a few good days of nice sunny days.  I see my tulips and daffodils coming up, and spring is in the air.  Spring cleanup is going on, and the sense of renewal is going on all over.  The mountains are now just topped with snow, instead of covered all the way to the bottom with snow, and soon the spring runoff will occur.  And the thoughts of getting out with the camera to get the picture of the first flower, the first blossom, first couple in love, the first of everything will be on our minds.  So, what should we be looking for in spring time?  Do I need some brush up skills for Spring Photography?  Oh, yeah!!  We are a bit rusty, and there are professionals out there to tell us what we need to do.  So, here is what I am going to do for the introduction of SPRING 2016:



Spring and autumn are my favorite seasons for taking photographs. In spring I feel more invigorated after the winter and more inclined to get out and take new photos.
Here are a few of my tips for taking photographs in spring.

  • Spring landscapes are colorful and the new spring growth looks great against a blue sky. To make the colors more saturated—particularly the blue sky—use a polarizing filter.
  • Look out for symmetrical shapes and unusual views, such as rows of strong green vegetation or views through tree blossom. Try to frame your landscapes with tree branches, doorways, arches, window frames, etc.
  • If you have a wide angle lens, take it out of hibernation and use it to incorporate a foreground view as well as the landscape in the distance.
  • Don’t forget about your depth of field. To get everything in focus, use a higher f number, such as 11 or 22.
spring photo
Photo captured by Lilia Tkachenko

  • Take advantage of the sunrise now that the days are getting longer. The air is cleaner at sunrise, and at this time of year when day and night temperatures vary a lot, the colors will photograph very differently early in the morning than they will late in the afternoon.
  • Fog and mist can also be an extra bonus. Try getting up high—the tops of hills or mountains are perfect, as they give you great views over valleys which may hold early morning mist and fog like a bowl.
  • A polarizer can also help here, and also remember that fog acts like a soft box and can lower the contrast of your surroundings which can leave you with rather long exposure times, so take a tripod if you have one.
  • Your camera may also have a few exposure problems and as a result, you’ll have touse exposure compensation to rectify this.
  • If your skies end up looking a little washed out, try fitting a neutral density grey graduated filter on your lens.
spring landscape tips
Photo captured by Abhishek Srivastava

  • Although the days are getting longer, the sun is still low in the sky, and this can create problems with heavily backlit scenes. Rather than photographing your subject with their back to the sun, try photographing them with the sun to one side but still slightly behind them, or photograph them in the shade under a tree and use your flash to fill in.
  • Try using a low f number on your lens to throw the background out of focus; this will also help to bring the shutter speed up to prevent camera shake if the light is too low.
season of spring
Photo captured by Alyona Arnautova

  • Look for patterns and for the abstract when photographing flowers and blossoms.
  • Get down low and zoom right into the subject or use a wider angle lens and very little depth of field—around f/5.6.
  • Break the rules, too. Flowers look great with the sun behind them. Be very wary of underexposing. If you’re looking into the sun, you may have to use your exposure compensation at +1 or +2.
flower photo
“Beginning” captured by Avik Sengupta
About the Author:
Mark Anderson specializes in London weddings ( and brings a subtle taste of London architecture and city photography to couples who get married in and around London.


Spring is one of the best seasons for capturing the beauty of your natural surroundings. The flowers are in full bloom and the weather is just perfect – not too hot and not too cold. Perfect for practicing landscape photography.
depth of field
“Untitled” captured by Navin Dhondiram Shinde. Click image to see more from Navin Dhondiram Shinde.
For those who are still learning new skills, you can use certain techniques to ensure you get the best images. As with any type of photography, light is very important. Be particular about the light when you’re shooting outdoors. When it comes to the time of day to capture a dramatic scene, early morning and late afternoon or early evening are the best times. If you’re shooting in the morning, you can focus on the fog or mist. A great location to shoot is the woodland where you can make trees at a distance appear as if they’re fading in the background. This creates a sense of mystery in your photos.
Make use of the foreground as well and shoot using a wide angle lens. You might be surprised to know that this is one of the oldest techniques. The reason is that a wide angle lens creates a greater depth of field. In this aspect, you can actually use contrast between your subject and background.
Don’t forget to capture the beauty of flowers during this lovely season, after all, what can be more beautiful than photographing a bed of flowers? Keep in mind that it’s during this time when the daisies, bluebells and dandelions are showing their best asset, so find a good location such as a field or woodland. For closeup shots, use a macro lens.
"Last Flowers of Spring" captured by M. Vefa ARIKAN. Click image to see more from M. Vefa ARIKAN.
“Last Flowers of Spring” captured by M. Vefa ARIKAN. Click image to see more from M. Vefa ARIKAN.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your shots as well. For example you’re in a woodland and you’re wondering what angle to use to capture the tallness of the trees. The answer? Do a vertical shot. To do this, you just need to point your lens 90 degrees upwards to have that so-called converging verticals effect. When you shoot this way, the trees will appear as if they’re close together or converged. And you’re also creating a great mix of colors with the contrast of the green leaves of trees and the blue sky. Now, that is purely nature’s beauty.
Finally, be wary of the white light that may creep in when you’re capturing your subjects. Remember that it can become a distraction so if you can, do get rid of it by cropping right there and then. When you’re taking an image of trees for instance, it’s okay to crop the top portion to eliminate the sky. Or consider taking a few bracketed shots and combining them so both the sky and the trees are well exposed, but that is an advanced topic to discuss another day.
photographic perspective
“A Different Angle” captured by Mitch Johanson. Click image to see more from Mitch Johanson.
Take advantage of the spring season. It’s great for picture taking.
the Author:  KAYLAN KUMAR
Thank you to Kaylan Kumar and Mark Anderson for their great insight into Spring Photography, and to PicturePerfect for their great website to help me in my blog.

This is another exciting week for this blog.  Besides this being the first blog for spring (close enough, isn't it?), I have other great things coming up this week, one a big milestone:
*  Monday February 29th, 2016 -  This blog is released - how to take great spring photos
*  Tuesday March 1st, 2016 - one more release of how to take great spring photos, specializing in closeup photos, plus, a gallery of some of the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen.  
*  Also Tuesday March 1st, 2016 - The opening of my "LIKE" page on Facebook:  123photogo.  Some of you already have a like page, and I follow what you do now.  Now, it is my turn.  You remember when you started yours?  Now, it's my turn.   I already have 6 people that like it !!!!  (my family of course).  I will send out invitations, and will ask for you to invite your friends as I get it off the ground.  Thanks
*  Wednesday, March 2nd - New technology report -  New photographic products announced.
*  Thursday March 3rd - Photos of the Week - ( I think this is famous now. Isn't it?)
*  Friday March 4th - Special edition Gallery - To be announced.   

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