20190412: Reflections, Trees & river of San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX



Just one of those days, a photograph I took months ago & never did the post of.

So “Reflections” is an appropriate title to remember when 141days ago I could go outside & see sunshine, here in San Juan de los Lagos, Jal., MX. A city that now wants to openly kill me

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Again, as in the previous post on leading lines, I wandered back & forth to find a nice composition & the bright tree in the middle of the foreground captures the eye.

The dark foreground trees then capture the eyes as you go down the bright tree & are drawn to the right side, then you follow it down to the river and & follow the line of trees back downstream.

The darker trees on either side of the image “frame” the composition.

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As always I am a independent Investigative photojournalist who works for the “Spiritual Realm” more than humans & I am now looking for an “EXIT” from this murdering FOR PROFIT city in Mexico where they kill journalists & photojournalists JUST FOR FUN!

San Juan de los Lagos doesn’t like the fact I exposed their Vatican APPROVED MIRACLE for the circus act it is AND THE LOCALS DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE IN GOD OR El Cristo as a Living Spiritual ENTITY. It is just plastic DOLL THEY SELL FOR PROFITS!

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20181207: Lesson on photography withOUT a tripod, yet long shutter times for cellphone users!

I learned to shoot night street photography in Los Angeles in the 1970s, specially leaving my job working after school at 1am or 2 am.

I could not bring a tripod to school, so I had training to hold my 35mm film camera still while taking several second long shots.

  1. LEARN to hold your breath. Obviously, if you are talking, the camera is shaking. I was into swimming so that was easy.
  2. Practice “lightly” touching the shutter button to active it. I learned to shoot a gun at an early age. YOU SQUEEZE the trigger, Not smash or yank the trigger if you want to hit the bull’s eye. Same with cameras!!
  3. Use supports! If you have a cellphone on a long pole, the wiggle is worse, However if that pole is braced against a streetlight post or wall or car BEHIND the camera!  No one knows even if you send it off a minute later & you got a better photo because the  street light post or wall helped keep the camera steadier.
  4. Turn OFF  the auto flash, YOU DECIDE when to let the lights of the “Scene” light your photo or add flash.

 

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No tripod, but standing on the side of the road and waiting to have no cars going by. Grab a breath, let some out & hold it. Press the shutter down smoothly & slowly.

In this photo you can see the cat stopped for a second on the steps, the cat is blurry but easy to make out it’s shape and adds a Rembrandt effect to the over all image. I held the shutter open for I think 2 seconds or more.

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and this photo again, the graininess of the High ISO, the long slow shutter effect & overall appearance of the image is surrealistic.

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Again, seconds long shutter, notice the fig leafs moved in the slight breeze but the cactus & wall stay sharp.

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20181116: A bit of moon over San Juan de los Lagos river bridge

Yes, always the night photographer, the flooded river gave a nice vantage point to shoot from without wet feet or tripod.

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There was quite a bit of traffic so I did not bother with getting out a flash for light painting the bridge just a little bit.

Maybe next storm???

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20181115: Natural Frames to accent the photographic image lesson

Yes, I am using this photo for a 2nd lesson because of what it involved to catch my eye.

That center cross is a telephone & power pole.

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But with the three sharp triangle shapes pointing near it & the semi obvious church towers behind it. You tend to think it is a religious cross too, then after you let your eyes play in the clouds, you come back to see that it is a power pole.

I am using standard advertising & artistic design concepts at least as old as the building themselves & that church is 300 years old or so.

So the ‘golden circle’, ‘spiral’ & ‘triangle or leading lines’ of the Renaissance Art schools is still alive & WELL.

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20181115: A few demonstrations of clouds with a polarizing filter for more “Impact”. Pt 2

So one of the main REASONS of a polarizer in landscape photography is the clouds have more depth & texture making the photograph more interesting to the viewer.

An “app” can’t do this because you have to have the ‘original photograph data’ for an ‘App’ program to use & only a real polarizing filter can give you that. HDR apps come close but are not the same thing.

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So while the photograph is not very interesting, the clouds are very expressive. With a circular polarizer you just dial it in.

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As you can see, those clouds add a very nice “dramatic” environment to the fountain shot. By using a lower shutter speed I added a ‘slight’ motion to the water squirting in the fountain. Your polarizer will drop a half to full f/stop for the darkening effect.

Also get a “good Glass” polarizing filter, the polarizer just like neutral density filters will cause color cast changes. I have some plastic graduated neutral density filters that have a very red to purple shift. Very nice for sunset or sunrise photos but I am careful about their use & aware of that color shift.

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I do work my images in Lightroom, but the polarizer allowed me to dial in the clouds for this photo and still have the plants & flowers to be bright enough for contrasting colors to those clouds.

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And a couple minutes later on the other side of the river, I dial in the clouds which also brings the glare off the river down nicely.

So yes, I recommend that you keep a polarizer in your kit and at least step down rings for different lenses if you carry several lenses.

What a polarizer does is not able to have a computer “app” do, the computing power to design in “Details” that the camera RAW or other file format did not capture “in the original photo” is going to be immense.

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20181115: A quick demonstration of why you should still carry a polarizing filter

Yes, there are some things that Photoshop can not do, nor any other photo editing program.

I was asked about photography & when do I start to edit my photos.

I replied from the first second I see an image to shoot. I am twisting the camera this way & that way. If I have a zoom lens (quite common), I am zooming in or out to see the over all image.

Then the polarizer filter gets a twist or two to see what I like.

Normal, using polarizing filters is to cut glare & reflections: That is something photo editing programs can not do simply because they have no DATA to PRODUCE the non-glare image.

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In this image above you can see the left side is darker & you see into the water it’s self. This makes the reds of the flowers pop a little more & causes the greens of the plant to also see a bit richer. Also notice that the stones in the retaining wall change colors slightly & lighter in the above photo.

Here in the image below, you see the water reflecting on the left side & the right side has is a tiny bit darker than that of the top photo, but you do not see into the water any deeper.

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Whereas in this Mexican stonework wall, I used the polarizer to accent those richer oranges & yellows. Yes, you can use photo editing programs to do the richer colors in the photos. Vibrance & Saturation plus other color sliders & layers can do this step.

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In street photography, specially shooting from the hip as much as I do, the polarizer is good to have because like this shot. You can see it was near enough to being set right at the woman/girl in the back passenger seat & the front seat passenger are both visible without glare issues. I did not look thru the view finder, I have the camera in my lap and just turn it to the needed direction and press the shutter. Few of those people ever know I shot their picture.

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In the stone wall & bamboo below, I use the polarizer to flatten off the bright reflections on the leaves & it also added separation for the plants from the stone work.

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However the most popular use is for making your clouds much, much more expressive!

By the way, I shot this without that taxi after this frame with the taxi & decided I just liked the yellow contrast to the blues of the sky & made the clouds more impacting.

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20180913: Natural Frames Pt 2a, how to find & use natural frames.

In this framing you can see the different style of clouds

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and again the eye motion of the triangle moves the viewer to the bottom from the top & the clouds in this sample are more intense so the eye lingers longer on the clouds & lesson the distant church.

However, the eye is still driven by the triangle shape to move up or down & just for the texture of the walls doing the framing I did squat down lower to get more of them. The top framing piece now comes into play as well.

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20180913: Natural Frames, how to find and use them. Pt 2

Yes, like I said this is an easy one to show a lesson or two with.

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The building are non-standard style of frame, with different textures on either side. The object (church) is at the base and the framing narrows in that direction.

I can use as much or little of the top garage piece to frame it in, or leave it out.

The clouds make for the “transport of the viewer’s eyes” from top to bottom. Yes, it does look like the clouds are almost pouring on or over to the church in a cascade of top to church motion in the center of the frame.

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20180818: Using the terrain to Frame a photograph. 1st of a short series of shots.

Across the street from me, so a natural “lesson photo angle”.

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The removal of the buildings across the street for a hotel to be built leaves a odd shape of the sky view and directs the eyes to the main “Big Money Church” of the town.

It is used for parking at the moment so the garage door is open for me to just walk over & “Take a Shot!”

Kind of funny to shot photos of a church that hates me, in a town where only thieves are “respected” & people like me who are corruption fighters are consider a “bad thing”. Because there is nothing else to shoot really…
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20171130: One model photo, 4 versions, Photoshop demostration

Here in town I get a lot of requests of people having photos of family, boyfriend or girlfriend in USA & a local wants a better background on the photograph.

So I did a quick Photoshop demo to print out showing that I took one image of a woman & made 4 different treatments to that same image. With a single poster printout, I have 4 styles of one shot to show customers.

Photoshop work.

HOWEVER folks we Professional & Artists have been doing this LONG BEFORE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP was created.

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In 1993 I took a photograph of the Newspaper Publishing Co building with really beautiful clouds in sky behind it. About a month later, the parking lot in front was coated with a fresh coat of tar and one of the other staff had shot it just an hour later when no one was parked on it and everything was very clean.

I happened to see that both my photograph & the other person’s photograph were shot near the same area so it was an “easy” job of putting my sky in his “clean Publishing building” shot.

So some 6 hours of work “sandwiching the two negatives together” to make one image in a WET Darkroom. Next morning when the Owner of the publishing company came in I showed him the Black & white photograph print. He liked it, thanked me and walked off with it.

A week later I saw a new stack of sale person folder sitting on the Sales Dept manager’s desk as I walked by. Yeah, you guessed it, I saw my “sandwiched PHOTO” was on the cover of those handout folders for customers.

In 1974 with my 1st WET darkroom I was doing this at 2 am in the morning instead of sleeping for school later in the morning. Long history of having artistic fun!

So darkrooms & combining artistic work & photographs are about 180 years old folks.

Photoshop is the “new fangled name”, that is all.

Hope you like the pretty lady, a model in Southern California I show in 2014 & the different treatments of her portrait.

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