The last few years, I've taken photos of fireworks--problem is, anyone can take pictures of fireworks, the challenge is to get images that have an interesting foreground and/or background. I think I succeeded this year--we found ourselves in Burlington WI by surprise, and decided to watch the July 4th fireworks from a railyard. In this photo, you can see the fireworks, but in the foreground there is a Soo Lines rail car and a few locals sitting on it watching the show. I believe this was a 30 second exposure.
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Ive been snapping photos for several years, but only in the past two have gotten a process down that I am happy with in terms of taking good pictures and getting an output that I can control. Part of the fun I am having now is looking at images I took years ago to see if my current processes can give me decent output. I also belong to the St. Paul Camera Club (http://stpcc.fpage.com/), an excellent resource for anyone interested in good photography.
Process: This photo was taken with a Canon 20D set at high resolution. The output on this Digital Camera setup has given me comparable output to another process I use, which is scanning in slides and converting them to digital files. Either way, Ive been able to get excellent results and print quality.
What to look for in my photos:
1.) First, I like images that are easy on the eye. This is why most of the photos you see here are of the landscape varietyI believe that nearly everyone can identify with what they are seeing and can judge the image accordingly.
2.) I like black and white photographyI think that b/w lends more to the imagination than a color photo and allows me to emphasize contrasts. With this said, you'll see color photos when I think that color lends more to the photo.
3.) Contrast is another focus in my imagesin some cases there may be way too much contrastI guess Im more into the blacks and whites than the greys... I've been told that some of my photos almost look stark--I agree--alot of contrast can do that...
4.) Another device that I like in photography is the capacity to tell a story. The best examples here are the baseball photosonly three are on this site, but all three tell a great story without focusing on the action on the field (then again, most decent baseball movies are the same way
5.) Special situations are also interestingnight shots are a good example. The end result is rarely what you see while you are taking the photo. Some of the images you see here were the result of 1-15 minute exposures. And again, since I like a lot of contrast night photos are perfect in this regard. Youll also notice certain themessteamboats would be one of thoseIve spent time in La Crosse, WI and currently reside in St. Paul, MN, so I guess this would come naturally.