Get over it!

 

Have you ever tried to get a photo of something but your view was blocked by an object or group of people?

The photo on the left shows a fence blocking the view of final preparations of a float for the Rose Bowl Parade.

For the photo on the right, I raised the camera over the fence and took a series of photos tilting it up, down, left and right until I captured a photo that was nicely composed. I then deleted all other photos that were not as pleasing this.

Other notes: These photos were taken the day before the 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. Featured here is a float honoring the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

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Zoom, zoom!

Pasadena City Hall

Architecture can lend itself to striking photographs. While a full view of a building shows the overall appearance; it is the detailed close-ups that can present a whole different “feel.”

The photo on the far left was the first view that caught my attention. I then utilized my zoom lense to bring out many of the unique architectural features that really make this building special.

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Other notes: These photos are of Pasadena City Hall taken in December, 2009.

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A Visit to the Rose Bowl Parade 2010

Here's a photo of me getting up close and personal at the Rose Bowl Parade. The red arrow is pointing at my face with a camera up to my eye.

See more of more photos in my Pasadena and the Rose Bowl album on Facebook.

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We shall overcome

Sometimes taking a minute to walk around your subject while taking photos will present a more interesting composition than what you first see.

In photo at left, the building is somewhat hidden by the trees and the lighting is pretty one-dimensional.

I then moved to the opposite side of the building where it had some sunlight and shadow and a little less trees blocking the view.

Other notes: These photos are of Pasadena City Hall taken in December, 2009.

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Getting tipsy

 

 

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Sometimes tipping your camera a little sideways can give an ordinary composition a lot more interest. The photo at far left shows the palm trees growing naturally.

I then tipped the camera to one side for a more interesting take on a subject that’s been photographed millions of times (other photo).

Other notes: These photos were taken two days before the 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.

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To flash or not to flash – that is the question

 

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Using your camera’s flash is sometimes a matter of personal preference. In an earlier post, I showed how the flash eliminated shadows on the subject’s faces for a more pleasing look. In the top photo, the flash eliminated the shadows but took away from the form and texture of the roses.

In the bottom photo the roses are illuminated by available light only. Note how the roses have a more three-dimensional look.

Other notes: These photos were taken two days before the 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena at the rose garden at Tournament House – the official home of the Tournament of Roses Association executive offices.

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How to avoid shady people

 

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Photos of people taken on a sunny day can be very challenging. Harsh shadows on one side of the face and bright sunlight on the other is very unflattering.

The good news is that with today's cameras, it is not difficult to fix this problem.

The top photo was taken without using the little flash on a “point-and-shoot” digital camera. See the dark shadows on the faces? Also note the distracting signs in the background to the right of the couple.

In the bottom photo, I turned on the flash and let the camera automatically add just enough light for a more pleasing look on the couple's faces. I also moved them a little to the right to hide the distracting signs and reveal the curved sidewalk that “connects” the couple in the foreground to the arbor in the background.

Other notes: These photos were taken two days before the 2010 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena at Tournament House – home of the official Tournament of Roses Association executive offices. It is an Italian Renaissance-style mansion once owned by chewing-gum pioneer William Wrigley Jr. and built between 1906 and 1914.

The couple in the photo are Richard Nicholson (our “unofficial tour guide” and friend) and my wife Doreen.

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