Category Archives: Nature

Photographer’s Choice – Judi Brown

Good Composition, Excellent Focus and Lovely “Bokeh”

Judi Brown - Yellow Goat's Beard

Judi Brown – Yellow Goat’s Beard

Judi is not only one of the newer members of the ACC but a recent transplant to Ashe County. Judging by the quality of this image, she brings a great deal of photographic talent to both the Club and the County. It’s somewhat amazing how this rural, somewhat remote area manages to continue to attract so many talented newcomers. This photograph was taken at Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone during a recent Flower Photo Stroll led by member Bill Barbour. The yellow goat’s beard is sharply focused and the bright yellow truly stands out against the dark green, softly diffused background. There are no elements included that detract from the main focal point. Shifting the image off center to the right is simply the best approach.
Congratulations to Judi for having the courage as a new member to step forward and share her work with everyone.
Canon EOS 5d
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
Focal Length: 119mm
Exposure: 1/800 sec at f/6.3
ISO: 100

Photo of the Week – Kim Hadley

Photography as Art

Kim Hadley-Juniper in Bootlegger Canyon

Kim Hadley-Juniper in Bootlegger Canyon

Kim recently returned from a photographer’s paradise, the area surrounding Moab, Utah where millions of images are captured by hiking visitors each year. The opportunities are everywhere and therein lies the challenge: capturing something unique and truly outstanding. Kim has here answered the challenge. This scene was photographed in Bootlegger Canyon en route to Corona Arch. She says, “The entire trip I was fascinated by the designs in the sandstone, particularly the striations of lines and swirls. In this shot the twisted trunk in the juniper seemed to mimic and almost merge with those in the slickrock.” One could write extensively on why this image is so powerful but an alternative is to let each viewer study the image and come to their own mental conclusions. Or better yet, post his/her thoughts as a comment to share with others. You’re encouraged to do this as an exercise to help understand what constitutes good photography and then apply the same principles to your own work.
The facts:
Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
1/320 sec @ f11
May 9, 2013 @ 10:20 AM