Monday, April 28, 2014

Up up and away

When taking photos I think it is really cool when you look up or down from your perspective.  I like the way it kind of has a mystery feel to it, like it makes you wonder whats at the top or bottom depending if it is out of focus or not.  With the way the weather here has been lately I only have a few good pics of this to show but I hope it still gets the concept across.

Photo by Ricky Williams
This first one is looking down and I wish just the bottom was out of focus instead both the top in bottom but I what I got so we'll have to deal with it.  I like this type of photography because it gives a perspective not usually seen as you are looking down the tree bark.  I also like how this type of photography makes you twist you head to try to straighten out the image, it is kinda distorted and makes you try to guess if the picture is upright or not.

Photo by Ricky Williams
When looking up it is easier to tell what the image is of and it is not as head twisting as when you look down.  But I personally like the way photos look when you look up better because you can make the object seem bigger than it actually is.  Like for example this tree wasn't very tall but when looking up it creates this illusion that the tree is taller than it actually stands which I find really cool.  I also like when the higher you go the more out of focus the image gets it creates a cool mystery affect which I really like.

I encourage anyone to go out there and try something unusual with photography because a lot of times you can create something very unique.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Textures In Photography

I was actually inspired to try this type of photography after viewing another blog and found out I enjoy this quite a bit.  When I used to take photos I would often think about the big picture instead of the little details of what I was photography.  I found out when photography nature there a lot of cool details we miss out on because we are not looking close enough.

Photo by Ricky Williams
In this first photo instead of taking a picture of a few trees you find cool if you get right up close to it, it brings out so much more of the tree that you had no idea was there.  For instance from a far I thought the dark spots between the bark was just an empty space but to find it was actually a moss filled area made it that much more interesting.  All the different textures going on in this photo is what makes it not so boring.  From the softness of the moss to the rough cracked tree bark all these textures kind of made me realize that every tree is different and the bark of the can resemble to a finger print of a human, they may look similar but when it comes down to the fine details they are completely different.

Photo by Ricky Williams
This next photo was probably my favorite one because it is so simple yet there is still so much going on.  There are just some many different textures and colors going on in this photo it is unbelievable.  I love all the colors from the fungi and the texture it gives to the photo, I also really like the texture of the wood where the bark has broken away from the tree, this might be one of my favorite photos I have ever taken.

Photo by Ricky Williams
The photo of textures I am showing a a simple one of a log.  I liked this one because of the wood grain and how it all kind of flows together. The textures in this photo are pretty great, I like all the different breaks in the wood as well as the knots you can see in the wood.  There are also a few moss spots in this photo which add a nice soft texture to it.

Overall I really enjoyed trying this type of photography out and I encourage anyone who hasn't tried it who loves photography to try it! Because you will be amazed by how many cool things you can find in an object if you just get up close to it.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photography Techniques

This entry doesn't really have a set topic, I'm more just going to show some photos I took and explain the technique I was using and what I was trying to get in the image.

In these first two images I was messing around with depth of field, so I was trying to make one object in focus and the rest of the photo blurred.  I really enjoy using this technique because it leaves the viewer thinking whats going on behind the image in focus and I like having that sense of mystery.  This also keeps the photo very simple while you are usually just focused on one item and a lot of times these type of photos come out very nice which I like.
Depth of field (Photo by Ricky Williams)

Depth of field (Photo by Ricky Williams)

These next photos I would say are just me experimenting with different viewpoints.  Viewpoints are fun to mess around with because you get something from a totally different perspective and it is not just the standard straight on shot.  In the first photo it is looking down the railroad track from one of the rails itself.  I really like this photo because it's different to look at a railroad track from that perspective.  The next photo is a up close and angled photo of a stop sign.  I really like the way this on turned out because the sign is cut off a little bit so you don't see the whole thing but it is also at a different angle than just straight on.  

Viewpoint down railroad track (Photo by Ricky Williams)

Viewpoint of stop sign (Photo by Ricky Williams)