Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Artistic Intent & Depth of Field

April 22, 2014

Summary – Depth of field is a powerful technique when it comes to artistic intent. No, everything does not have to be in sharp focus – unless you’re a competition judge ;-)


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Spring Has Sprung (neighbor’s dogwood 4/21/14)

To each his own, but for me shallow depth of field is artsy

Without it, backgrounds are distracting & the rest is too busy

I want to show you the subject – with no doubt what & where it is

And reduce the rest to soft pleasing context


Scroll over the following images to see aperture setting
Click on image for slide show

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Changing Aperture; Fixed Focus Point

Changing Aperture; Fixed Focus Point

 Changing Aperture; Fixed Focus Point

Fixed Aperture; Changed Focus Point

Easter Lily in my sun room 4/21/14


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Approaching 500,000 Blog Views

April 21, 2014

Summary – A little blog trivia to accompany a photo or two.


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Don’t Fence Me In

Even though the Nature Exhibit is just beginning

Time to start planning for what’s ahead

How about Black & White (including infrared as shown here)?

Interested? Reply if you are.


I started this blog in January 2010

It began based on a request to teach a photography course

It followed that vein for about two years

Course contents are documented in the

Table of Contents

Scroll the page forever ;-)

The next major endeavor was

A Nik Software tutorial series

If you looked at the TOC they’re right at the top

The most viewed part of this blog ~100,000

Now I’m doing – whatever

Mainly scratching an itch to write

(Every day without fail since 1/1/12)

I’ve asked for requests -

Could count them on one hand with fingers left over

Here’s my stats during that period

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Meager by the measure of popular blogs

But I decided to show mine as the

View total approaches 1/2 million

To boost one’s stats (frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a damn)

Starts with “I’ll scratch your back if you do mine”

Never have & never will ;-)

And relies heavily on social media

I don’t

Look at some photo blogs with

Ordinary at best photos and no other content

Except maybe a title for the photo

Some have >1K followers and > a million views

Look at their comments and you’ll find hundreds like

Thanks for liking my site

If that’s what floats your boat – go for it

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Back to my itch

 


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Nature Exhibit – FOLLOW THE RULES, PLEASE!!

April 20, 2014

Summary – The good news: two entries within the 1st 5 hours. The bad news; one was wrong on two counts. :(


Sunrise

Be original

You don’t have to travel far (above – walking distance from home)

Chances are if you do make that special trip to a photo icon

It’s to capture the same image as 1000′s of others – not original

I’d rather not see half-dome again ;)

Also, try showing your subject, whatever it is, using a creative eye

And not the same composition style that everyone else might use

Get down in the weeds (or cat-tails as the case might be)

Don’t be afraid of getting wet or dirty or both

Give the viewer something to view

It’s the viewer’s eye that should travel; not the photographer


Let’s try this ONE MORE TIME -

The entry rules are simple

If something is confusing, PLEASE let me know

A large percentage of the previous Abstract Exhibit entries

Had problems with not following simple rules, most often

1 – Sent to the wrong address

Just because you know another of my addresses,

DO NOT use it (11 abstract entries)

Use the one below

edkphoto@comcast.net

2 – Incorrect image size (pixels on long side)

14 of 78 abstract entries

I want 1024 pixels on long side

3 – other problems (4)

Life is too short (29 entries to “fix!!”)

May not seem like much, but it adds up

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So – new exhibit & one of the 1st two entries was this next one -

Shown is the full size image

320 pixels high – and not 1024 as called for

Here’s a tip -

Include the image as an actual attachment

If you simply embed it in the body of the e-mail,

Your e-mail program may shrink it (or not)

A word to the wise….

Also – look at the right side of the image

Images are NOT to contain the hand-of-man (HOM)

Sorry if you think otherwise, but that is the HOM

The path|road|trail|whatever was made by man

It doesn’t have to be paved to be so

Let this be your general guideline – if man had been involved with anything in the image, it will not qualify

Don’t think “it’s incidental” to the story makes it OK

Anything means anything

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Nit-picky maybe BUT most exhibits even would consider the row of trees HOM as they obviously didn’t “spring-up” naturally like that

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If you have to wonder about it, substitute another image; if in doubt, it’s out

The other (correct) entry can be seen here

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Exhibit Subject Matter

Nature, the outdoors

Without the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Unless you have absolutely NO doubt about

What is & is not the HOM,

Check out the above link!

ALSO – no wildlife; saving that theme for later

A bird flying through the scene is OK

But not as the main subject; just incidental

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Yes, I’m a crotchety-old-grouch

Otherwise known as a curmudgeon :( ;)


Entry Rules (repeated one last time from yesterday’s post) -

#1 – One entry per person

Entries open immediately

Entries close 5/31/14 or after 100 entries (whichever is 1st)

#2 – Send entries to edkphoto@comcast.net (NO other address)

Subject line: Nature Exhibit Entry

Body:

Your name

Country

Image Title

Critique desired? Yes or No

Attachment:

JPEG file (NO other format)

1024 pixels on the long side

Not 300 and not 3,000 but 1024

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I will reply to all entries (if sent to correct address) with either:

Thank you, or

Doesn’t conform to rules, or

HOM – not accepted

Wrong address? In the Trash :(

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Entries will be displayed

In a gallery in the order received

As soon as I send the acknowledgement reply

The only identification will be a number until

Viewer’s Choice and Equal Merit selections are done

(mid-June)

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The work must be yours

You retain all rights to the image

I will show suitable copyright markings

© by the photographer 2014

Email edkphoto@comcast.net for details

And will substitute your name after the exhibit closes

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A heads up -

Strive for originality

Images that look like those seen over & over

Won’t score high in the critique’s

Creativity and Communication areas

Unoriginal images are average at best

 


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Enter this Nature Themed Exhibit – Free

April 19, 2014

Summary – Thursday’s post surveyed viewer interest in a landscape exhibit. Today’s post kicks it off with a slight twist – nature in general.


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“Yummy!”

An intimate landscape

Yummy was a one-word workshop critique by Freeman Patterson

His highest praise; I didn’t know it at the time, puzzled me in fact


Exhibit Subject Matter

Nature, the outdoors

Without the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Not wildlife; saving that theme for later

A bird flying through the scene is OK

But not as the main subject; just incidental


Entry Rules -

#1 – One entry per person

Entries open immediately

Entries close 5/31/14 or after 100 entries (whichever is 1st)

#2 – Send entries to edkphoto@comcast.net (NO other address)

Subject line: Nature Exhibit Entry

Body:

Your name

Country

Image Title

Critique desired? Yes or No

Attachment:

JPEG file (NO other format)

1024 pixels on the long side

.

I will reply to all entries (if sent to correct address) with either:

Thank you, or

Doesn’t conform to rules, or

HOM – not accepted

Wrong address? In the Trash :(

.

Entries will be displayed

In a gallery in the order received

As soon as I send the acknowledgement reply

The only identification will be a number until

Viewer’s Choice and Equal Merit selections are done

(mid-June)

.

The work must be yours

You retain all rights to the image

I will show suitable copyright markings

© by the photographer 2014

Email edkphoto@comcast.net for details

And will substitute your name after the exhibit closes

.

A heads up -

Strive for originality

Images that look like those seen over & over

Won’t score high in the critique’s

Creativity and Communication areas

Unoriginal images are average at best

 


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My Bleeding Heart – Secure Blogging & WordPress

April 18, 2014

Summary – By now everyone’s heard about Heartbleed (or should have). As blog writers (& readers), do you understand how that may affect you? Read on…. For photography, follow the link below the image.

 

This is the logo for the Heartbleed bug
Roll your mouse over the image for
Bleeding Hearts (flowers from my garden, that is)

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Read here for how I made the out-of-frame flowers


Just a short note about

URL’s (the content of your browser’s address bar)

And – what they have to do with site security

WordPress related sites or otherwise


HTTP vs. HTTPS

Everything I have to say is about the above acronyms

Which, in form or the other, we’ve all seen countless times

Do you know the difference?

HTTP = Hypertext Transfer Protocol

HTTPS = Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure

The Heartbleed security issue mainly involves the secure version

An error left secure sites not so secure

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What does this have to do with me? (or you?)

Did you know that any site can be accessed via

Two separate addresses, for example

http://edkvisions.wordpress.com/

https://edkvisions.wordpress.com/

Identical except for that S for Secure

Click on those both of them

(they’re safe; an old WP blog of mine)

I’ll wait here for you until you return

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Did you see any difference?

I hope not! You shouldn’t have

Even though the addresses were different

They’re both accessed & hosted via wordpress.com

as shown at the end of the address

WordPress is certified to be secure (read here)

So – your browser takes you to the https site

With no complaint or cautions

You are at the same site with either address

The sole difference is

Your communication with the site is

Secure (in theory) if accessed via HTTPS

Heartbleed exploits a flaw

In the secure version’s security software

(no problem now with WP’s software by the way)

Not a problem with HTTP (no S)

Since that was never secure to start with

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Do you want to see the difference? (safely)

Sure you do (live dangerously; just kidding) ;)

Let’s use my Gallery Blog as an example

http://edknepleygallery.com/

https://edknepleygallery.com/

Once again, I’ll wait until you get back….

OK – A big difference this time, but why

It comes down to something called

A security certificate

My gallery doesn’t have one

The site’s not wordpress.com (that has one as seen above)

It’s edknepleygallery.com

Even though it’s secure there’s no certificate

You only have my word for it

Not an official security authenticating body

The absence of the certificate (sent, or not, from site to browser)

Causes your browser to show you an alert

The alert’s appearance depends on the browser you use

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Chrome 1st (note what it shows in the address bar)

HTTPS sites often show a locked lock to tell you they’re secure

You’ve seen this with financial transactions most likely

Chrome emphasizes that my site is NOT secure even with HTTPS

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and then Firefox (that doesn’t do the URL thingies)

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Why did I write this?

A few days ago

I included a link in this blog

To a post in my gallery blog

Something I do often

Somehow (don’t know how)

I linked to the s-version

Which, of course, produced an alert

For any readers who clicked on that link

The same as if you clicked on

https://edknepleygallery.com/ above

Coupled with the current Heartbleed fuss

I spent a few minutes investigating

Decided to share with you

Here’s a great WP-support post on HTTPS

 


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