Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “light

The Web

The Web

Hooking up to a trailer one night, I noticed a spider web in the corner of the light housing. The LED taillight was backlighting the threads and making it stand out.

In the best light…


Rain Or Shine

Rain Or Shine

 

We were at a wedding, luckily after the outdoor service, the guests seated them in the large tent, when a rain storm broke overhead. We enjoyed our dinner and conversation while it poured outside. I noticed a light in the window that looked interesting.

In the best light…


Aurora Highway

Aurora Highway

 

Saturday night rolls in and I’m just settling down with the computer. The first post I read is one from a buddy of mine that says head outside and look up, you can see the northern lights inside the City of Calgary! I’m thinking, can it be? So, I check the Space Weather Report and sure enough, a G3 event is underway. I race upstairs and roust Sherri, who’s just getting ready for bed and I pack up the camera gear to load the truck. We’re out in 5 minutes and on location in another 5. Our spot, next to the busiest highway in the province. This shot takes advantage of the location to add taillight highlights to the composition.

In the best light…


Chronic Canoe

Chronic Canoe

 

Another shot from my friend Neil Zeller’s photowalk. I was on the pathway on the north side of the river west of the Peace Bridge, when I saw the nice reflection from the street light on the water. I could see a canoe coming down river and wanted to include it. However, they stopped in the middle of the river, just to the right of the frame and weren’t going anywhere. Then I saw a small flame at one end followed shortly by another small flame at the other end of the canoe. Two large puffs of smoke later and the canoe was moving, allowing me to get my shot.

In the best light…


Three Sisters Rays

Three Sisters Rays

The Three Sisters near Canmore, Alberta are a striking mountain formation. Long time readers of my blog will have seen other images of this landmark. In this image, I liked the light rays streaming through the fog.

In the best light…


The City At Night

Orion Over Calgary

Looking over the downtown area of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I noticed that the constellation Orion was hanging above the Calgary Tower. In order to get the stars in the sky to show up, I used a graduated neutral density filter that was mounted upside down to reduce the exposure of the lights of the office buildings.

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The Big Giant Head

Big Giant Head

Wonderland is the actual name of the sculpture, but a 12 metre tall wire mesh head sculpture, what else could you call it other than the Big Giant Head. If you were ever a fan of the TV series Third Rock From The Sun, you can’t get the Big Giant Head out of your mind.

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Zooming Around Town

City Burst

As Pablo Picasso supposedly once said “Good artist copy, great artists steal”. I met my friends Peter Carroll and Royce Howland out on a hill above downtown Calgary for some night shooting this past weekend. Peter was trying some zooming shots, and so I thought that I might give it a go as well.

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Light On The Water

Golden Water

Watching the light on water is one of my favorite pastimes.

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Light And Shadow

Light

Light is the all important factor in photography. Without it, we only have darkness. Light does have properties and qualities that create mood.

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Under Light

Under Light

In the evening, the angled light of the setting sun provides different levels of light on the different layers of clouds. The real trick is finding layers of clouds at sunset. I let the foreground go almost to a silhouette to retain the detail in the clouds.

In the best light…


Silhouette Ridge

Silhouette Ridge

The last light of the day was turning the clouds a magenta, yet leaving the rest of the sky a deep blue. The light was so low, the mountains have barely any detail. I softened the image a little with Glamour Glow from Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 to create some more moodiness.

In the best light…


Dave Brosha Rocks Cochrane

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On Saturday afternoon those lucky enough to have seats at Dave Brosha’s Mastering Environmental Light Seminar in Cochrane were treated to simple techniques to improve your photography.

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Cool Nicola Afternoon

Nicola Clouds

Travelling the 5A highway between Merritt and Kamloops, British Columbia there is some excellent high country grasslands. The hills are veined with ravines. The land is sculpted by centuries of erosion, but it’s hard to show the marvellous lines and curves that run up and down the Nicola Valley. An overcast day and thick clouds helped to show the golden colors in a nicely saturated way. I like the way the highway forms an S curve into the image. The fence and power poles form multiple repeating patterns that also lead your eye into the center of the frame where the lines in the hill can be seen. Even the heavy overcast day wasn’t all that bad.

Do you have trouble with “bad light”, or like Samantha Chrysanthou , do you believe there is no bad light?

In the best light…


Controlled Burn As A Light Modifier

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

They were burning off some areas of Mountain Pine Beetle killed forest in Yoho National Park a few weeks ago. The smoke drifted into Alberta and down the Bow Valley. In some areas it was so thick, it almost blocked out the sun. The light that did penetrate the smoke had brownish orange cast to it, that you rarely see naturally. There was only one area that was thick enough area to give me this nice of tone. I liked the gradation of darkness from the foreground trees to the background mountains.

Have you seen any really nice natural light lately?

In the best light…


Chiaroscuro–The Interplay Of Light And Shadow

Evening Light On Mount Temple

The evening light warms the top of Mount Temple.

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Prairie Storms

Thunderhead Approaches

Every summer huge thunderheads form over the prairies. They are a delight to photograph and amazing to watch.

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After Dark

Blue Hour Rundle

In this image that I titled “Blue Hour Rundle”, because it was taken in what’s know as the “Blue Hour”. It is the twilight period after sunset or before sunrise. The cool light after sunset has made everything look blue. A long exposure has smoothed the water giving me a nicer reflection.

Nikon D300s, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ f/8.0, 20 seconds, ISO 200, WB 10000k

Do you pack up when the sun goes down? Try staying a little later and see what happens to the light.

In the best light…


Night Vision

Night Vision 6

 

I’ve been playing with long exposures at night. Overhead lights create a bright streak through the image.

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Intersecting Lines

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Intersecting lines that can form patterns are an interesting compositional device.

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Highlight And Shadow

Light And Shadow On Mount McDonald

I try to pay attention to light and shadow wherever I go. The interplay between the two is essential to good photography.

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I Like The Night Light

I Like The Night Light

If you want to have a really different look to your images, try going out at night and taking pictures.

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Photo Basics, Directional Light

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We approached this tree from the east near sunset. As you can see by the long shadows coming towards us, we are in a backlighting situation.

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Photography Basics–Light

Sun And Lone Pine

The word photography is based on the Greek φῶς (photos) "light" and γραφή (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light.

As I start my second year of blogging, I thought I’d embark on a project to cover the basic concepts of photography as I see them.

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