Wednesday, August 31, 2016



Ahh, a new month, new photos, new winners to show you the amazing "Photos of the Week".  I have searched for hours and hours and all over the internet, amateurs, professionals, and have found the best photos of the Week.  I hope you enjoy these, and study them to see why they have become winners, and what you can do to become winners as well.  Check these out:

I'm not sure if I've ever had a car in the "Photos of the Week", but check this photo out !! Is this just grab your eye?  The color of the car, the background, the whole composition of this photo is amazing.  And I know some work on the computer made this photo spectacular as well, but, it certainly made this a winner. 
Congratulations.  Photo by:  Edward Saksenhaus
1940 Ford Deluxe

Once in a while you get a landscape photo that you say:  Wow!  Can that be for real?  Then you carefully study it out, and see, oh, yeah !  It has to be up there, way up North, where there is the Northern Lights.  I have always wanted to see those, and perhaps I will someday. But, for now, I will settle for great photographers capturing the beauty of the scenery like this with the Northern lights in the picture as well.  Great timing, and great scenery. 
Congratulations to: Manuel Cafini.  Photo taken in Norway.
Also part of the Group:  "Long Exposure Creativity"

If I hadn't raised chickens before in my life, I would wonder if this animal was real.  But, there are these kind of beautiful birds out there.  And if you are familiar with birds in general, you know that the male bird is the more beautiful of the birds.  The reason this photo was such a winning photo is you can tell that the photographer had to get down to the same level as the bird.  That may have saved his life!  Haha.  Some roosters are mean.  Congratulations to: Adriano Lompi

I look carefully for something really unique each month in selecting the "Portrait of the Month".  Have you ever seen anything so precious?  Truly heartwarming and certainly a winner.  And for those who are portrait photographers, I think I will see some more photos like this, because it is just darling.
Congratulations to:  Fatholy Mosa


Congratulations to Kris Walkowski for winning the Stormscapes Assignment with the image, “The Grace Within The Canyon”—a six-image panorama taken at Lipan Point at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
“The other night, while sleeping in the tent, I woke up several times, mainly because the wolves were making a lot of noise from a far distance—maybe because of the full moon or maybe because they were hunting,” explains Walkowski. “Due to the slow Internet access, I checked the weather at the visitor center the previous evening. The forecast for sunrise was very promising with clouds and rain. After not getting much sleep, I exited my tent and looked at the sky—the clouds were looking very promising. I left my camp around 4:30 a.m. and started driving towards my destination. Halfway through my trip, I noticed a pretty big gap on the horizon. That gave me hope for the sun to break through. I was debating between Moran and Lipan Point. Finally, I chose Lipan due to the strong wind that was also mixed with a bit of rain. As I arrived, several spectators were already sitting on the cliff, observing the sky, waiting for the sun to show its mighty colors. During the final sunrise moments, I started shooting the scene towards the sun, but quickly realized what was happening behind my back. The wind and rain started picking up as the sun was rising above the horizon. I turned and switched sides towards the canyon and nervously started setting up my tripod again for a panorama scene, which sometimes takes several minutes, especially when the ground is steep and uneven. Due to the strong side rain and cross wind I was nervously wiping my lens from the raindrops after each series of pano images. The scene was very intense and I was full of adrenaline. After panning my camera several times, the double rainbow and rain started moving away exposing different beauty of the canyon.”

I just love photos that are mysterious.  This photo just does that to me.  How long do you have to wait to get a photo like this?  And where do you have to be to catch such a picture.  Isn't it true that some of the best photos are captured by you being at the right place at the right time?  Well this photo is certainly a winning photo because of that.  I just love the mystery of this photo, and congratulations to this photographer.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2016



1- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Officially Announced
2- Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Lens and X-A3 Camera Officially Announced
3- Panasonic GH5 to Feature 4K and 4:2:2 10 Bits Internal Recording
4- Fujifilm X-T2 Release Date: September 8, 2016
5- New Patent: Tamron SP 115mm f/1.4 VC Lens
6- Canon XC15 4K Camcorder Leaked Images, Coming Soon
7- Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Officially Announced, Price $498


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Officially Announced

Canon officially announced the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and a variety of EOS accessories.
Pre-order links in USA:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body: $3499 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/ 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens: $4,399 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/ 24-105mm f/4L II Lens: $4,599 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens: $2,199 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: $1,099 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.
Pre-order links in UK:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body: £3,599 at WEX Photographic, Park Cameras, Jessops.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting.  To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Pricing and Availability:
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body: Early September, Price $3,499
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM kit: Early September, Price $4,399
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM kit: Late October, Price $4,599
The US price of Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II lens is $1,099, while the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III will be priced at $2,199. These two new lenses will be available in late October, 2016.
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Press Release:
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes.  The camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting.  To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.
“Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV– the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”
“Outdoor photographers will really appreciate the new EOS 5D Mark IV, as it offers more resolution, better detail in the shadows, and improved speeds in autofocus and frame rate,” reported acclaimed nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp. “With the fabulous resolution of 4K video and the ability to make beautiful prints from a frame of that video as an added bonus, this camera sets a new mid-range standard for nature photography.”
In addition, Canon is also introducing two new L-series EF lenses – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens– offering fantastic edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.
EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications:
  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.
“I have owned every camera in the 5D line, so the new EOS 5D Mark IV feels like an old friend in my hands, only better” exclaimed renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore. “It has everything a professional photographer needs to create outstanding, quality images every time. Between its ability with still images and video capture, it is the complete package and—in my opinion—the best wedding camera on the planet.”
“When working with macro beauty photography, I need fast and precise autofocus. With each breath of the subject I need to be able to check the exact placement of focus, whether on the tips of the eyelashes, the pupils or other detail of her face. The EOS 5D Mark IV  gave me exactly the speed and precision required to capture the detail and stunning color that is a signature of my beauty work,” remarked celebrated fashion and beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. “I’m always looking for ways to create visuals that help me stand out from the competition. Cinemagraphs, also known as ‘living images,’ allow me to combine still frames and video to create captivating images. Because of the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 4K and slow motion capabilities, I now have the ability to create high quality and visually compelling cinemagraphs without having to invest in an expensive cinema camera!”
The Next Generation of EOS 5D Cameras
In addition to the new Full Frame sensor, the new EOS 5D Mark IV includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.
The EOS 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.
Following the groundbreaking video recording capabilities introduced in the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV takes the next leap forward offering DCI 4K video recording.  Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera.
Mobile Connectivity
For the first time in an EOS 5D series DSLR camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near-Field Communication (NFC)™ 1 providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App2. The EOS 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS3 receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September) †† and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4599.00, scheduled to be available late October) ††.
For an exclusive, hands-on preview, the camera will be available at the customer support centers shown below.  Visitors can experience the camera firsthand while Canon technical experts demonstrate new product features, answer questions, and spotlight the benefits of Canon products and service.
New Canon EF Lenses and EOS Accessories
In addition to the new EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon is also introducing two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as a variety of EOS accessories. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant. The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00†† and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00††.
Additional EOS accessories include the Canon Battery Grip BG-E20, Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S/E5M/E5L and Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1.
For more information about all these products and accessories, please visit:


Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Lens and X-A3 Camera Officially Announced

Today Fujifilm officially announced the new Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Lens and X-A3 Mirrorless Camera. And these new Fujifilm products are now available for pre-order at most US online stores.
So, if you are interested, order immediately so as to obtain this great camera (or lens) as soon as possible.
Pre-order links in USA:
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Lens: $449 at Amazon (Black, Silver), B&H
Shipping on September 29, 2016
Fujifilm X-A3 with 16-50mm Lens: $599 at Amazon (Brown, Pink, Silver), B&H
Shipping on October 2, 2016

Fujifilm X-A3 Specs:
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • 3″ 920k-Dot 180° Tilting Touchscreen
  • Full HD Video at up to 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 77-Point Autofocus System
  • Electronic Shutter up to 1/32000 sec
  • Extended ISO 25600 & 6 fps Shooting
  • Film Simulation and Advanced Filters
  • XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Lens Specs:
  • X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 35mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super EBC Lens Coating
  • Internal Focusing AF System
  • Physical Aperture Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • See special video promotion below:


Panasonic GH5 to Feature 4K and 4:2:2 10 Bits Internal Recording

The previous rumor said the upcoming Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 micro four thirds mirrorless camera will be announced at IBC 2016 in September (NOT confirmed yet). (The 2016 IBC show (Exhibition) will run from September 9 to 13 in Amsterdam) And it is rumored to feature Sony’s high-end 18.9mm*13mm M43 sensor.
Today according to the report from 43Rumors, the Panasonic GH5 camera will have no crop for 4K video and it will feature 4:2:2 10 bits internal recording. No crop for 4K video means that you will will use the whole sensor when recording 4K videos. This specs info is from a trusted source.
There are other rumors saying that Panasonic GH5 camera  will be capable of recording 6K videos at 30fps and, respectively, 4K movies at 60fps and it can extract 18-megapixel stills while recording videos.
And Panasonic will have a press conference on September 19: a new entry level MFT camera and LX100 successor are expected to be announced on that day!
Panasonic GH4: $1,297 at AmazonB&HAdorama.


Fujifilm X-T2 Release Date: September 8, 2016

The release date of Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera is now confirmed: September 8, 2016. All the major US stores simultaneously updated their X-T2 product page and listed the shipping date “September 8, 2016″. “This item will be released on September 8, 2016“.
B&H Photo: “Available for preorder. Will begin shipping Thu, Sep 8 (Subject to availability)“.
Adorama: “Manufacturer will start shipping this item on 09/08/2016“.

The Fujifilm X-T2 camera body costs $1,599, with XF 18-55mm kit lens for $1,899. So, if you are interested, order immediately so as to obtain this great camera as soon as possible.
Fujifilm X-T2 body: $1,599 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
Fujifilm X-T2 with 18-55mm lens: $1,899 at AmazonB&HAdorama.


New Patent: Tamron SP 115mm f/1.4 VC Lens

Shown here is the 85mm 1.8 lens.  The new 115 mm f1.4 lens photo not available at this time.

Tamron has filed a new patent in Japan for SP 115mm f/1.4 VC lens, which is expected to be designed for full frame DSLR cameras. This lens is similar to the recently announced AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED lens.

Take a look at the patent details below:
  • Patent 2016-151661
  • Published on August 22, 2016
  • Filing date:m February 17, 2015
  • Focal length: 113
  • Aperture: 1.456
  • Half angle of view: 10.632
  • Internal focus
  • Vibration reduction
Reminder: Available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A mounts, the new Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens is now in stock and shipping at most US stores.
Nikon F: $749 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
Canon EF: $749 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
Sony A: $749 at B&HAdorama.


Canon XC15 4K Camcorder Leaked Images, Coming Soon

The first images of the upcoming Canon XC15 4K camcorder are leaked online. This new Canon XC15 4K camcorder is expected to replace the current Canon XC10 and it will be announced soon. According to the leaked images, the lens of the Canon XC15 is the same as the XC10. Take a look!


Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Officially Announced, Price $498

Surprise: Sony officially announced the new FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras. The US price of this new 50mm f/2.8 Macro lesn is $498 and it will be available for pre-order from September 1 at B&H, Adorama.
Sony FE 50mm F/2.8 Macro Features:
  • Full-frame 50mm macro lens with 1:1 magnification
  • Compact and lightweight design for outstanding mobility and easy handling
  • F2.8 maximum aperture and circular blade design produce creamy de-focused backgrounds
  • 6.25 inch minimum focusing distance, with a working distance of less than 2 inches
  • Comprehensive controls; focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and focus-hold button make for comfortable shooting
  • ED glass effectively compensates for axial chromatic aberration at close focus
  • Dust and moisture resistant design


With the fact that September is just around the corner, I knew that we would be getting a lot of new information about new products.  Today was just that kind of day.  Lots of official announcements, although we knew they were coming, it is now official about the new cameras from Canon and Fuji.  And now the new one from Panasonic will make the market even more exciting. 

So, stay tuned next Wednesday as I bring the latest announcements in the photographic world of the latest technology that might interest you.  Something new for you, maybe, or something new for your camera?  New technology that may change photography?  Who knows?  Stay tuned here.

Entertainment & learning for the photographer

Monday, August 29, 2016


New ideas for macro photography !

Close-up or Macro photography is a lot of fun.  Anyone who has been involved in taking close-up photos finds that this is one of the most interesting things you can do in photography.  But, it seems people are getting tired of seeing the same old things. 
The flowers

The flowers are great, and there are so many different varieties.   It seems like you could never get tired of seeing all the different kinds of flowers out there.  Different ways to take flower photos, closer flower photos, with flash, without flash, etc.  And then we have the bug photos:
Once again, there are a lot of different bugs out there.  Spiders with fangs, grasshoppers, snails,  etc.  They are all incredible.  But, have you ever seen the photos of the every day things that could bring some extra attention to your photos?  See the photo at the top of this page.   Your pet's eye ball.  Have you ever seen that type of macro shot so much?  Not really.  Fascinating isn't it?  The detail of your pet's face is incredible.  Try something like that.  Here are some other ideas of some great macro ideas that might just bring you to like macro photos even more, and your friends and family will like your photos even more.  And the "yuk" factor of your bug photos will disappear.

1-  Cutlery.
      Interesting idea.  What if you put them in a special arrangement.  Do you have special cutlery with ornate decorations on them.  What if they are just shiny objects.  Could you arrange them to make them even more outstanding.
2-  Feathers:
    We have all looked down on the ground and found a beautiful feather from a bird and marveled at it's beauty.  Take advantage of this.  Get closer than you would with the naked eye, and capture the real beauty of a feather or feathers.  They are an amazing subject.  Sometimes if you can get extremely close, you may have people wonder what the subject is.
Courtesy:  fineart America

3- Rust and or peeling paint:
    This always gets people when I mention this.  This seems like junk photo.  But, that is where you find some beauty up close.  It is amazing the color and texture you can get from this.  People are blown away by the amazing pictures you can get from this. 
4- Details of your car:
If you have an exciting car, or if not, you may have a friend that has a really cool car,  you can have fun taking pictures of the small details of their car.  The headlights, the taillights, the emblem, the logo, the engine, whatever, there must be some small detail to take a picture of.  You will make some one excited when they see the small part of their car in big pictures:

5- Foil or shiny paper
    Now with this one, you just create it yourself, but, the results can be a lot of fun.  Lights that you get that reflect from foil, or shiny paper can produce fun results too.  Experiment with it and see what fun you can have with it:

6- Fruits and vegetables:
   This is also a good one.  Some people are surprised to find out that the food they eat really looks like this.  So, try some real serious close ups of food.  It can be a lot of fun.  Make sure you are careful with lighting so that it looks good still and the detail is not lost.

7- There are many other ideas that we can just throw at you that make remarkable  ideas for macro photography:  Here are just some other great ideas to think about:  jewelry, money, guns, holiday ornaments, water droplets, colored pencils, parts of musical instruments,

As you can see, the possibilities are endless, and the great subjects are all around you.  Just be aware of the things that can make close-up photography exciting by getting close to the subject.  If you have the right equipment, you can make things look much more exciting than most people would ever believe.  Do some experimenting. You will be glad you did.


Entertainment & learning for the photographer

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Composition:  rule of thirds:

So, onto our subject of the week.  And the reason for this, is to help you appreciate your own photos even more.  That is the rule of thirds:
You can use the rule of thirds as a guide in the off-center placement of your subjects. Here's how it works.


Before you snap the picture, imagine your picture area divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The intersections of these imaginary lines suggest four options for placing the center of interest for good composition. The option you select depends upon the subject and how you would like that subject to be presented.

Grid superimposed over gull

We picked the upper-right position for this subject so that we could see the full shadow and most of the tracks that lead to the seagull.


The lighthouse seems well placed in the upper right just because the rest of the scene fits nicely into the format.

Figure on icy pier

Here's a case where you have excellent subject control. You can have the model pose anywhere along the walkway. The rule of thirds indicates this placement which also gives the model a definite path to follow within the picture area.

Figure in tunnel

You should always consider the path of moving subjects and, generally, leave space in front of them into which they can move.

Figure running on beach

If you don't, here's what can happen! This jogger looks like she's going to run right out of the picture.

2nd view of figure running on beach

By placing the subject in the lower-left position, we've used the rule of thirds and given the jogger plenty of room to run within the picture.

X-country skiers

Here's another action shot where it's important to leave more space in front of a moving subject than behind it.

Sailboat on water-horizon middle

You can also apply the rule of thirds guidelines to the placement of the horizon in your photos. Here the center position of the boat and horizon results in a static feeling.

Sailboat on water-horizon upper 3rd

Let's move the horizon to the upper third and the sailboat to the left. Remember, these are the only guidelines. So if you don't like this subject placement, try another.

Sailboat on water-horizon lower 3rd

Like this. We've moved the horizon line to the lower third. In general, place the horizon high or low in your scenics, but rarely in the middle.

2 views of ski lift

Just as it's usually best to place horizons off center, it's also best to place verticals off center. For instance, in the picture on the left, the subject is centered, but on the right, the photographer got a more effective photograph by simply changing the viewpoint.

So, I hope that helps in understanding how to use the Rule of thirds.  Thanks to Kodak for the best explanation and pictures to show how this really works. 


I want to take a moment and comment on something that happened this week.  As I mentioned that I had the opportunity once to be a judge for the county fair in the division of photography.  I found some photos to be really great photos from people who knew this concept of the rule of thirds, and it added so much more to the winning photos than the ones who just did not know the rules of composition.  This last weekend was our county fair, and I walked through the photographic exhibit again.  Sometimes I find myself looking at the winning photos and explaining to my family, why that photo won 1st place, even though they may not have liked it.  And then, the ones they really liked, I could see why it wasn't a winner.  But, I will be honest, there were a couple of pictures that took the blue ribbon that I questioned the judging on it.  A flower that was centered right in the middle, not using the rule of thirds.  It was a beautiful flower, and then I realize that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.  But, then I remember recently taking some photos of flowers and thought about the rule of thirds, and I liked mine better.  See what you think:

So, that covers this weeks information.  Hope you enjoyed it.   Next week, another exciting blog on how to take better photos, so that you will enjoy your photos even more.

See  you next week.

* By the way, most of the photos used in the article today were compliments of Kodak.  Other photos were my own.

Entertainment & learning for the photographer

Friday, August 26, 2016




The 3 above photos provided by:
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Cute photo of a hyacinth macaw, the largest flying species of parrots in the world. They inhabit Northern Brazil and there are less than 5,000 of them left in the world. Beautiful!

A baby sloth!

Wonderful photo of a firefly.

A pair of wild African dogs (lycaon pictus). These dogs are unusual in that it's the female that leaves the pack once sexually mature.

Otter pups are just too cute!

A pangolin mother and her baby taking a ride on the tail. Pangolins (aka scaly anteaters) are mammals from Africa (and some in Asia). They are nocturnal, live in hollow trees or burrows and feed primarily on ants and termites.

Just Chillin'

Baby hippo and mamma

 The Robust Woodpecker (aka Campephilus robustus). Amazing looking bird!

Photo: Claudio Dias

The Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria), native to the New Guinea region and named after Queen Victoria. Magnificent!

The African Bee-Eater Birds are quite amazing (and brave!). In addition to eating bees, they've also been known to ride on elephants!

There's nothing like cuddling with mom!

The mighty Komodo dragon, found in Indonesian islands. It's the largest species of lizard and can grow up to 10 feet and 150 pounds! Yikes!

Adorable baby warthog. Did you know that warthogs nurse other piglets if they lose their litter (also know as cooperative breeding)? Cute!

Baby Platypuses! The name platypus was derived in 1799 from the Latin ‘Platypus anatinus’, meaning “flat-footed, duck-like”. Many naturalists thought it was a hoax when they first encountered it (we can see why!). Of course, it's also one of the few mammals to lay eggs instead of giving birth. Nature is amazing!

This is an Okapi that lives deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is related to the giraffe. They are solitary and usually only come together to breed. Amazing looking!

The Golden snub-nosed monkey lives in the mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. Amazing colors!

White Tigers at the Bandhavgarh National Park. Amazing!

Wow - what a stunning black Timber Wolf!

Photo: Conrad tan

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