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Old Jun 25, 2011, 6:26 PM   #1
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After watching the video series "A day with Jay Maisel" at Kelbytraining.com I have already found a difference in how I go about photography. The first really successful image I have shot in months, the men's fish cutting competition at http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...l-day-tuk.html is a direct response to that video. Today I went for a walk, I wasn't looking for anything in particular (Maisel refers to is as going out empty) and I walked slowly with my K20D and DA 50-200 WR lens. I came back with the things I found.

It was an interesting experience, and very enlightening.

This first series is about gesture, the men in the boat and the tsik-tsiks (arctic ground squirrels) are interesting because they are doing something.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 6:31 PM   #2
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Maisel made the interesting statement that "colour happens" so I captured the colour that just "happened" on my walk
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Some things just interest me because of their forms. I have always been drawn to fences, now I stay where there are no fences, just barriers built from huge driftwood tree trunks.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 6:42 PM   #4
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Finally a potpourri of everything else. I may have what Maisel refers to as "telephoto eyes" since it has always seemed that I got my best images from lenses of 50mm and over (or 35mm and over in digital). I like wide angles but my success rate with them seems to be lower. As a result the 18-55 doesn't get used much but either the 28-105 or the 50-200 is nearly always with me.

Hope you enjoyed, comments are welcome of course.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 7:24 PM   #5
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Ira, these are really wonderful!. I like all of them, though the first two ground squirrel pics look somewhat overexposed. Obviously, you know what the scene looked like and I don't, but I would prefer to see those images with the highlights toned down a bit. One of my favorites are the snowmobiles on the tundra; I love how the hillside creates a tilted horizon, and i love how three of the snowmobiles are lined up perfectly, with one just slightly off from that nice straight line. My other favorite is the door. I love the weathered plywood and the weathered saplings that were made into posts. (Although it's entirely possible that they were not saplings. In that harsh climate, it might take trees several decades to grow to 4 or 5 inches in diameter.) I have one of Scott Kelby's books, but I didn't know he has on-line tutorials. I'll definitely need to check it out.
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Ira,
I like to hear the background of how you ended up with these images. Very, very interesting.
I like the colour series. And the doorway really caught my eye.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 10:56 PM   #7
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Mtnman, those tsik-tsik pictures are actually pretty good on my screen but it is very difficult to get good exposures here because you get harsh sunlight 24 hours a day. I bracketed all of my exposures but still didn't get really accurate exposures.

Thanks Glen, I am re-evaluating my photography often, but usually just based on personal whim or something I read. This Kelbytraining subscription that my wife and kids gave me for father's day is really good for my way of thinking. It is video based and has tips and advice from experts which I can pick and choose from. The Day with Jay Maisel lesson gave me a couple of very important bits of wisdom. First he says keep the equipment simple, a camera and a lens that's all, and secondly he says to "go out empty", just observe the world around you and shoot what you like, don't make every walk a mission with a goal. That is what I did today and this is what I got from it.
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Wonderful series - absolutely LOVE the door! What's really funny is that I've always shied away from videos when learning things, I've always preferred written tutorials, so I can read and do a step, read and do the next step, working slowly. In the past I thought videos went too fast for me to really follow. However, I recently watched a video about Nik's Viveza, a program I've got some experience with, and learned (and more important, remembered) a number of things from it. So now I'm going to start watching more videos I've found on-line. There's some University classes available through iTunes on photography, I just need to take the time to watch them.
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Harriet, the Kelby site has a favourites function that saves where you were in the video so you can start back up in the same place. Since I don't watch much TV (nightly news is about it) I have time to watch the videos (sometimes over and over again).
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My other favorite is the door. I love the weathered plywood and the weathered saplings that were made into posts. (Although it's entirely possible that they were not saplings. In that harsh climate, it might take trees several decades to grow to 4 or 5 inches in diameter.) I have one of Scott Kelby's books, but I didn't know he has on-line tutorials. I'll definitely need to check it out.
The saplings were probably driftwood, there is a tremendous amount of driftwood here because we are in the delta of one of North America's great rivers, the MacKenzie. I did not shoot the entire building because the more of it you see, the less interesting it is.
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