The River's Badge

Thursday, July 3, 2008

More Photos

I thought I'd post some more of my favorite photos tonight.

There's no rhyme or reason to the ones I've chosen. They're just some that I like. They are all scenes from Minnesota, however.

A couple of notes:

I'm really sick and tired of hearing, "Your camera takes really good pictures."

No, my camera doesn't take any better pictures than any other camera.

I take good pictures. Because I work at it.

Ever look at someone's vacation photos? Where the subject is so far off in the distance that it could be anyone? It could be a clam. It could be a person. Hard to tell.

What the hell is wrong with people? Zoom in! Or bring your camera up closer to the person! It seems really rudimentary to me.

A couple of other notes:

Frame your shot correctly. Think about how your picture will look.

Everyone can take a picture of a national monument. Try, if you will, to find another angle. PLEASE!

It's not against the law to kneel down while taking a picture, or to move off to the side, or to experiment with natural light and shadows.

Try to remove ugly stuff from the frame before you snap away. If you take a picture of beautiful scenery, and there's a telephone pole in your picture, the thing people will notice is the telephone pole. It's human nature.

Take more than one shot of the same scene - from different angles and heights. Film is relatively cheap - or, if you're using digital, well, batteries are relatively cheap, too. When I shoot a roll of film, my motto is, if I get one good picture out of the whole roll, then it's a success!

Saying, "Your camera takes really good pictures" is like saying, "Your word processor writes really good lyrics."

Photography is much like songwriting. You have to look at things from a different perspective.

So, herewith, are some of my preferred photos. I guess I could have zoomed out about 500 yards when I took these, but I don't think they would have had the same effect.

Luckily, I have a good CAMERA.


MOSSY FOX FOREST



FALL ON THE TRACKS



COUNTRY CHURCH


NIGHT FALLS ON SUPERIOR


FALL ON CAMELOT


FALL LEAVES



COUNTRY CHURCH AND SHADOWS


AUTUMN ON SUPERIOR


MY MONET


SAILBOAT

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