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What makes a Good Landscape Photo?

What makes a Good Landscape Photo?

In general, there are several elements that gain the initial interest of the viewer, Bold colour, Unique textures, Simple shapes and Appealing curves. However, there are many other considerations. Photography is often referred to as drawing with light. That is the translation of the word photography. Photographers draw with light as they capture the scene in front of them when the shutter is fired off. Whether it is images of the Rocky Mountains, the vase on the table or any other subject, in colour or black and white, photography is drawing with light! While having bold colours, textures, shapes and curves in your landscape image, is that enough to make it a good image?

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Spring – Fickle and Tempting in the Rockies

The Guardians
This is the classic view from Whitehorn Mountain ( The Lake Louise Ski Resort ) as you look across the valley to the Range that surrounds, overlooks, and guards the actual Lake Louise! Spring had finally come and brought some warmer days. This was the day after the ski resort closed ( May 3, with no snow in the valley bottom ) and the sunrise (5:35 ) showed that Spring was really here, the valleys were opening up from the layer of snow winter had left, and the “green” growth had started. One may well think it would soon be time for the arrival and shift to summer pursuits.
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Why take a Photo, Why make an Image – is it the Beauty?

I want to start with a question; The beauty in this scene – is it by chance or design?

As an Artist working with Photography as my medium people may ask – why this image? Well, to me, an image is captured and made for several reasons. But first – the basics of a photo are simple and mechanical – the way photographs are made: ( from Andrew Molitor- PataPixel).
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Photography – Drawing with Light -What is it and why I love it!

Wikipedia defines Photography this way:

Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

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Gone but not Forgotten

This was one very fine Fall in the Canadian Rockies. We had warm days, cool nights and fresh crisp mountain air. We also had the much-desired phenomenon – Indian Summer.

There was, of course, the precious but very brief period where the larch Trees literally light up the landscape with a neon-like amber golden glow. Continue reading…

In the summertime!

When I got out this morning the temperature was 3 degrees! While the forecast is for 24 degrees later in the day, this is the 7th day to start with the Chill of Fall here in the Rockies! Continue reading…

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It’s not the name that makes it memorable!

In chronological order, this lake has been named:
Ho-Run-Num-Nay( Lake of Little Fishes), Emerald Lake, Lake Louise

Often referred to as a “gem of the Canadian Rockies”, Lake Louise holds a special place in the memories of all who have had the chance to stand in awe on the shoreline and gaze out one of the most breathtaking sights in the Rockies. Continue reading…

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Favorite Child! Artist favorite pieces?

Is it even possible for a parent to have a favourite child? And, as a sibling, what would that mean to you – that your brother or sister was the “favourite” of your Mom and Dad? The personalities, the emotional attachment, the careful nurturing over the years – can that deep attachment in a parent be put into rank for the children? I doubt it!! Continue reading…