You can’t always get what you want
26th January 2015
31st January 2015

Website of the Week

After my black and white binge I have finally taken a couple of images that work in colour.

But first, I have two websites of the week this week because if I don’t post them both now I’ll probably forget to include one of them next week:

The Photo Argus.  Not as “full on” and busy as other photography sites such as Petapixel, it has good little tutorials and tips and some inspirational photography.

Wildlife Photography Tips is exactly what it says in the title. It has some great common sense ideas about how to get  wildlife shots.

No wild animals in this picture but two fishermen digging for bait. They struck me as an ideal focal point for a long-lens landscape shot. I shot this at 150mm from a high vantage point on the dunes.


Using a longer lens for panoramic shots works well too. It utilises the foreshortening effect, making the background appear much larger in the frame than it would with a single, wide-angle shot. This panorama  was four shots taken within a couple of seconds of the above photo and with a focal length of 90mm. Although a shorter focal length than the first image it is long enough so the island looks closer and is prominent and not just a tiny feature out at sea.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis image has a deliberately unusual structure  to show that breaking standard compositional rules can work. The lighthouse is central and the horizon is well above the usual third. The left  of the image has much heavier features than the right. The two men are well to the right of the thirds intersection. Yet the image seems to work. Why?

The symmetry of the island’s shape lends itself to having the lighthouse in the middle. Hold a piece of paper up to the screen to block off either side of the photo so moving the lighthouse away from the centre and onto the third and it just does not work so well. It appears lopsided,

The shape of the blue zigzag line of water across the sand is taken up by the rocks in the water and my eye is drawn past the fishermen and out to sea to the lighthouse. Because my eye is drawn close to the fishermen they add more weight to the image than the rocks, thus balancing the image.

If I start by looking at the rocks on the left and my eye is quickly drawn by their shape towards the right and then back to the same line out to the lighthouse.

The relatively small amount of sky is plain and featureless, but this offsets the busier mid-ground of the image and balances the similar sized portion of the plain sand in the foreground. The sky and the sand form a frame around the parts of the picture where the detail is.

I think it works, do you?







  1. Tammy says:

    As usual, I think you nailed it! I absolutely love the pano…another framer, my friend!

  2. PC PHOTO says:

    Your timing for posting a landscape with people is impeccable I was just reading a tip for landscapes this week that encouraged using people in them for added interest!

    I didn’t see anything unusual about the structure of the second landscape, of course I usually bend the rules of how landscapes should look 🙂 I REALLY like the balance you created here.

  3. storki says:

    Better get buying those frames Ivor – love these photos.

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