Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rays of Sun

This is the last of the photos from my trip to Calico Pond at Gee Brook State Forest on Saturday. I've been impressed with the photos I took there. Many of them turned out to be much different than what I normally get on my trips out.

Calico Pond (by john_brainard)

Calico Pond (by john_brainard)

This photo was taken at a park in Homer. I'm not sure what the name of the park is, but I'll probably go back to get some more photos. I was about a half hour early for worship practice, so I stopped to check this place out. I had only a few moments to capture this one before the sun disappeared below the horizon.

Park in Homer, NY (by john_brainard)

This photo I took on Saturday. After my trip to Gee Brook State Forest, I went driving around the town I spent the better part of my childhood years in. This is a bridge I used to ride my bike over a lot. I even played down in the river a few times. I've thought about doing a photo journal of where I grew up and played when I was a kid. It could be fun.

Bridge in Cincinnatus, NY (by john_brainard)



zetson said...
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zetson said...

Once again, beautiful! The lighting is just perfect. They are exciting to look at. There's a mood in them that you rarely see in nature shots like this. I guess you are very happy with them!

The shots in this post and in the previous have a distinctive style, and I think that's a great achievement for the type of subjects that are shot million of times every day:)

John Brainard said...

zetson: Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm happy with the first one, for sure. The only thing that really bugs me about it is the shape of the sun. I'll have to practice getting a good exposure with the sun in the photo. I've thought about possible solutions and if I can get out to practice, I'll blog about it.

I'm pretty happy with the photos I took on Saturday as they are unlike any other that I have taken before. The change of season and pointing the camera into the sun have a lot to do with it, I think. I'll see if I can get this style nailed.

Thank you again!

zetson said...

When I look at it, you're right, there's something about the sun's shape. I was hoping that the aperture was to wide, but f11 should be sufficient to make counterlight starshaped. Try shooting as narrow as f22 just to see if it gets better? That said, it looks good. But it's nothing wrong about working with the details:)

John Brainard said...

I think the problem is the fog, not the aperture. I have plenty of photos where the aperture is set to f/11 and facing the sun with the sun rays.

Tomorrow morning, I'm hoping to get another opportunity to take similar photos at Whitney Point Reservoir. We'll see how those turn out. I have a few ideas I'd like to try for improving my blended exposure shots.

Anonymous said...

I like the 2nd and 3rd ones best...very dramatic, especially the 2nd one.

Me. :P