TAKING BETTER PHOTOGRAPHS WITH DOWNEND CAMERA CLUB

Published on: 03 Dec 2015

Landscapes

MANY photographers specialise in landscapes and Downend Camera Club sees some fine examples, often taken from familiar viewpoints. That presents the problem of how to produce something visually interesting and different from what many others have snapped. Shown here are three examples that point the way.
The early morning usually gives best results, followed by late afternoon, because the light at these times is less harsh and there is side lighting to give shadows and depth. The picture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge has been taken even later at twilight, so that has meant a timed exposure with the camera held rigid, and this has had the effect of blurring the water, giving it that milky swirled effect while keeping everything else sharp. Landscapes generally benefit from an interesting sky, and for twilight shots it is best that the sky is not completely dark.
No prizes for identifying the beach scene as taken from Weston-super-Mare across to Brean. The composition makes it work, the cloud and the driftwood, together with the figures and the dogs to give scale. No special technique here, the camera set to Auto and hand-held, but the driftwood is on about a third of the way up, an example of the ‘rule of thirds’, that helps make the composition. A subject or point of interest on a third of a picture either vertical or horizontal helps it look balanced.
The other picture is of that newish bridge over the river at the back of Temple Meads. The photographer has used an unusual angle, and has taken care to use the shape of the bridge and the position of the vertical building to give it a graphic quality and visual impact. If you are interested in taking better photographs, come along one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend  at 7.45pm. Visit the website at www.downendcameraclub.org.uk. for more details.

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