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  1. Definition Of A Candid Portrait The usual definition of a candid portrait is misleading. Here's a more helpful way to define candid portrait photography. It’s my view that the definition of candid portrait photography should state that a great candid portrait is often made with the subject aware they're being photographed. Are you surprised by that seemingly contradictory definition of a candid portrait? Candid Wedding Photography Long ago I was a wedding photographer. In that particular photography genre it’s a com...
  2. Sunset at 40k Feet By: Jacob Hawthorne Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson What draws us to a sunset? There is something found in the smoky brilliance, no matter where you are in the world, that brings spectators to a halt so that they may appreciate the lavish view. Although it happens night after night after night, the splendor of a perfectly orchestrated sunset truly never loses its luster. There is something particularly special a...
  3. Tips For Better Aerial Photography Photographing from a plane provides a unique perspective on the world. Some of the most abstract images I’ve seen were made from a plane. Let’s explore how to make great aerial photos through simple tips and techniques showcased through photos made while flying over Greenland. Making Abstract Aerial Photos This is a photo of an immense landscape yet, scene from above, the image is less about space and more about shape, color and texture. By ensuring there was no horizon I’ve been able to chal...
  4. How To Make Photographs With Meaning Your photos can be about so much more than mere records of the things you photograph. Here’s how I go about embedding meaning into the photos I make. Looking For Meaning At Versailles Versailles is an amazing place. The lavish palace, much of it functioning as a museum, and the grand, structured garden can easily keep you busy for a full day. I particularly liked the hard-edged starkness of the above statue and how that contrasted with the smoothness of the blue sky and the more whimsical nat...
  5. The Color Of Light In Photography t’s a myth that rain-bearing clouds are grey. They are actually blue in color. This photo, made off the coast of Ushuaia at the very bottom of Argentina, proves this point. Now let’s examine the facts. “Rainy days are not grey, they’re blue.” — Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru The Color Of Light And The Color Of Subject The color of the foreground rocks and grass, as well as that of the rusting ship in the mid ground, look pretty much as you would expect them to. That’s because they are lit...
  6. Atlantic Black Tipped Shark by Schmidt By: Jacob Hawthorne Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery Pictured: The Atlantic Black Tipped Shark (also known as Black fin shark, Blacktip whaler, Common blacktip shark, Gray shark, Requiem shark, Small blacktip shark, Spot-fin ground shark) Whether you are terrified to get into the ocean because of them or you are enamored by their beauty and grace, the one thing we can all agree on is the fact that the Atlantic Black Tipped Shark does possess a really nice set of chompers, making them one ...
  7. Improving Composition In Your Photography Here's a photo, underpinned by strong composition, of some barrels I found stacked up by the side of the road in Ubud, Bali. It appears to be a very simple image and that's good because simple images are easier for the viewer to read and make sense of. They also make it easier for the photographer to communicate the story, message or theme that’s being explored. So with the above image as a case in point we understand that, at one level, what we are looking at is a series of Colorfull...
  8. Photographing Nature In The Urban Environment Here’s a photo I made that explores the notion of nature in the urban environment. It’s a somewhat post modern scene featuring a small section of the Shell Building on the corner of Flinders and Spring Streets in Melbourne, Australia. I think it’s beautiful, though the notion of trees coming out of rock is pretty surreal. While that concept works in Angkor Wat, Cambodia my preference, in my own neck of the woods, is for grass. And that’s particularly true in the city. Melbourne has beautiful ...
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle by Schmidt By: Jacob Hawthorne Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery Perched on a hill high above the historic Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau, the Neuschwanstein Castle is widely regarded as the ‘Fairytale Castle’ due to its grandiose, majestic appearance and deep-rooted history in German lore. This medieval castle was commissioned and constructed by King Ludgwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century, also known as the ‘Fairytale King’. King Ludwig II was known to be a rather large admirer and supporte...
  10. What Camera Should I Buy? If you’re asking yourself what camera should I buy, then my own experience, since moving into the world of digital photography, should be of help. Whether you’re looking to purchase a DSLR or mirrorless camera I don’t believe you need the best or most expensive camera to make great images. But I do believe it’s best if you have the camera that best meets your needs, given the photography you’re most likely to be undertaking over the short to mid term. I made this image at the end of a return ...
  11. Plates from Robert Thornton's Temple of Flora (1807) "The Temple of Flora" is the third and final part of Robert John Thornton's New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus, considered by many to be the greatest of all flower books. It consists of a series of sumptuous depictions of flowers notable for their epic and unusual settings. Interwoven amongst the images are various descriptions, histories and poetic odes regarding the flowers featured. The first plates were engraved by Thomas Medland in May 1798 from pai...
  12. Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1754) A selection of birds as featured in Volume 1 of (the magnificently titled) Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: containing the figures of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents, insects, and plants: particulary the forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants, not hitherto described, or very incorrectly figured by authors. Together with their descriptions in English and French. To which are added, observations on the air, soil, and waters: with remarks upon agriculture, grain, pul...
  13. Abstraction In Photography Exploring abstraction in photography is great fun. Here's how to make visually compelling abstract photos. Abstraction is one of many ways by which photographers can produce interesting images. The notion of documenting reality, as a way to tell a story, is the most common. But if you’re interested in exploring your creative nature you should also try abstraction as a means of personal expression. There are three ways of representing subject matter within a photo, which we can outline as ...
  14. Landscape and Marine Views of Norway Selection of images from "Landscape and marine views of Norway" (ca.1890-1900), a set in the Library of Congress' Photochrom Prints Collection (via Flickr Commons). Photochrom prints are colorized images produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic limestone printing plates, with each colour tint applied using a separate stone bearing the appropriate retouched image. The finished print is produced using a...
  15. Eugène von Guérard's Australian Landscapes Selection from Eugène von Guérard's Australian landscapes: a series of 24 tinted lithographs illustrative of the most striking and picturesque features of the landscape scenery of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia & Tasmania, printed and published by Hamel & Ferguson in 1867. Von Guerard hailed originally from Austria but moved to Australia in 1852 to try his luck on the goldfields of Victoria. The venture proved unsuccessful, but he soon realised there were opportunities...
  16. Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897) Selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully surreal diagrams and illustrations, the top pick of which we've included here - often especially great when seen out of context. Towards the end are some partic...

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