We went for a walk along the lakefront at 9am.
The light was a bit bright; it would have been better at sunrise but it was great it wasn't raining.
We looked at horizon lines; in particular making them straight and two thirds up on the picture plain
We looked at the importance of silhouetted vegetation for texture.
We looked for reflections and photographic opportunities in unusual places.
We were focusing on training our eyes to see patterns and textures.
Cropping of photos is also vital so that the eye is drawn in to focus on the essentials.
Or guided around the photo.
We stopped near the Pilgrim Geese, as it was their bath time.
We stayed there for around half an hour.
We waited and immersed ourselves in their gentleness and community.
If you are taking photos of birds you have to spend a lot of time with them and be patient.
Try to get down to their level
These geese are some of my favourite subjects so I often take photos of them in the early mornings or late afternoon.
Repetition of subject matter is important as is trying different viewpoints.
The sunlight on their wings makes them look angelic
They often fall asleep after they have finished preening.
If you use your intuition you can start to communicate with them.
They are sending signals with their eyes that most people do not see.
We are not isolated from nature.
We are part of it and we are animals.
People forget this.
The more you slow down, be present and open yourself up to what nature has to offer you; the more opportunities will arise.
I never go out with a set attitude of what I am going to take.
I don't want to always be in control.
That way I obtain a pleasant surprise when something spectacular takes place, like the spreading of these wings.
I can always alter and manipulate my images into something surreal or different by using photoshop and Nik software.
But even when I'm manipulating photos in photoshop, I will be open to the possibilities of what the technology will offer up.
Swans can look majestic as well.
I like to put textures on geese, I think it makes them look arty and mysterious.
They are less gentle than the geese and slightly and sometimes overtly sinister.
They are territorial.
I like to put them in invented, colourful worlds
I was doing some research on the Lochness monster and I was imagining that the Rotorua Lake had a Lochness Goose monster
The lesson was characterised by peace and serenity and feeling what the environment had to provide in the way of magical moments like......
Creative Quote of the day.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
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