Christmas traditions have definitely changed over my lifetime, and so has how we source the presents we give.Back in the "old days", presents were handmade. With glitter and glue from a small child, to the tins of fresh baked cookies, candies, fudge, and even the dreaded fruitcake, or with wood working tools that always managed to turn raw materials into magic; the gifts were lovingly made with the investment of time and talents. Then it progressed to exchanging small gifts like the... continue reading
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Hello Dreamstimers ! I'd like to share with you a more detailed view of my trip to New Zealand, to National Parks of North and SouthIsland. nNew Zealand - Aotearoa - The land of the long white cloud - AustralasianNew Zealand is a magical and mysterious country. It is seriously difficult not to fall in love with New Zealand, especially for a nature lover like me. I have never seen such diversity in such a small country. You can take a tour cross it from the east coast to the west coast in just... continue reading
Fall is one of the two seasons (the other is sprind) where shutterbugs go wild as nature bursts with vibrant colors from gold to red. The cue is to go where the trees are. But not just any trees. Oaks, maples, beeches, sweetgums, yellow-poplars, dogwoods, hickories, and some of the tree varieties with leaves changing colors are the fall season approaches.Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki, Japan Takachiho Gorge is a triangular gorge leading to a 17 meter high Minainotaki waterfall flowing... continue reading
Here’s something that I need invented, if anyone gets the chance: a time machine that fast forwards me to the last ten minutes of a photography trip, and then adds all the preceding time onto the end. The reason for my request is that whenever I go out and about with my camera I spend the first part of outing either taking no photos at all, or taking bad shots. Then, when I have about ten minutes left, either I light upon something that I would be happy to photograph for hours, or suddenly... continue reading
It's that time a year again in New England when trees put on a colorful show of brilliant yellows, reds, greens against a vivid blue sky.There are so many places to see autumn in New England and you won't be disappointed.Pick a day, charge your camera batteries, make sure you have an empty SD card and then plan your route.Start early to take advantage of the morning light and plan on stopping near a lake or pond to capture the mist coming off a warm lake into... continue reading
So wikipedia says: "In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens" ...that was a part of the article and I believe everyone can find and read it :)I won't write here about usual bokeh without the main object in focus. And I won't write about simple blurs that can make everyone at every time. No one wants to have portfolio with thousands of such images with a few sells, right?I want to write about three related... continue reading
Diwali is festival of lights. Though a Hindu festival, in India people across all religions celebrate Diwali enthusiastically. Diwali is generally considered of main 5 days but officially begins on Vasubaras day and ends on the Tulsi Lagna day. The 5 main days in Diwali are1. Dhanteras2. Naraka Chaturdashi3. Lakshmi Pujan4. Diwali Padwa5. Bhai DoojSometimes two of the days (above specified are hindu calendar days) can be inclusive as one in our normal calender because Hindu... continue reading
Quality: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. It has taken a while for me to create quality in my images. All the usual elements that help achieve quality are education, experience, research, time, repetition, and a certain level of gear. Not necessary but extremely useful are tilt-shift lenses for still life photography.I guess this is obvious. If the quality of your image looks out of place when you... continue reading
Got an email from DT today with my first photo apporoved. Gave me a little thrill, but, not allowing myself to get too carried away. After all, it was just a photo of some rocks.I actually had to go to Scotland from Australia to take that photo.And it was around 40 years ago that I was at the same place, (Findhorn Bay), where I first saw the stony beach around a bay that empties at low tide.Naturally, the buyer, if there ever is one, doesnt know that, nor the memories and emotions that go with... continue reading
One of the most versatile backgrounds in portrait and commercial photography is the white background.Giving the appearance of a white room with no walls is simple to create once you have the knowledge to do so.The digital age has made it simpler and cheaper to use.When I started in photography, it required a lighting setup that was cost prohibitive.at least two flash units on the background and two on the subject were requires.Now all it requires is four lights that can be bought at any... continue reading
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