100 Photo Tips
The hardest part I have found so far about photography is to stay patient and keep looking for the better angle on a subject. It is very tempting to just dash by, take a few shots and then move on. And when I say “take a few shots”, I already underplay the time it takes to do even that right.
So, I went on a quest to get some perspective.
I used a park in the suburbs as my location and subject. It has a few interesting features to give me some different material to work with. I tried to capture as many different circumstances and angles as I could.
Fixed position on exercise equipment as a subject.
Multiple images captured across day-night transition.
Starting with a low setting sun, vibrant highlights in the foliage, and warm colours on the ground.
The contrasts get sharper as the sun dips lower.
Last light on the ground…
…and then suddenly the ground looks flatter than it did before.
The life drains out of the colours; subtly but noticeably.
The ground looks dead, and the foliage has also lost lustre.
A warmer tone comes back in the ground while the orange continues to flatten out.
The orange looks deeper in comparison to the rest of the scene…
The light is now truly starting to fade.
Detail dramatically disappearing from the scene.
Light sources in the image are starting to dominate the interest.
Colour creeping into a previously very flat sky.
The street lighting starts making the houses stand out in the background as the foreground disappears altogether.
Dramatic colour appears in the sky while silhouettes form the bulk of the image.
Nothing but deep blues and bright lights.
Moving position around the park.
Featuring knotted-rope climbing equipment as the main subject.
Limitation: a shot taken at fixed intervals along the outside of the park; not allowed to move from the pre-determined intervals to get a better angle.
Challenging to get an angle, but the framing by the trees works well.
A less obscured view, but the houses in the background clutter the image.
Another awkward angle, but an opportunity to grab the orange exercise equipment in-shot for colour contrast.
A lucky break being able to frame the subject in exercise equipment, but now too much going on for a strong image.
I like the tree dwarfing the subject in this image; I wish the subject popped out a bit more vibrantly.
A bit of luck in lining up the trees to lead the eye to the subject.
A wide view of the field; my subject almost lost altogether, but a nice sense of space in suburbia.
Enough foliage to hide most of the houses, whilst allowing the subject to poke out a little.
Similar to the last, but a better angle to expose the tangle of ropes of the subject.
A closer detailed shot now, showing both the symmetry and complexity of the subject.
I think the D12 in the background steals the show in this image… it looks like it is hiding in the bushes.
Towering over the trees. This works really well because a lot of the visual distractions are obscured by the bushes.
Another detailed shot on the tangle of ropes. Sadly quite blown out. In retrospect I should have tried to find an angle to capture the subject through its shadow alone.
Sun and sky turn the scene into silhouette. This probably would have worked really well as an HDR shot to get some of the detail back into the foreground.
A weak shot; too dark to show the detail in the ropes, too light to hide the houses, too light to show the detail in the sky.
Another shot across the field. I don’t think I got the best angle… there are a lot of interesting things going on, but my position failed to capture any of them well.
Last shot of the subject through a huddle of trees. Again too busy to really stand out.
Night and Day
Approximate fixed position on same subject.
One daytime shot, one night-time shot.
Focus is on the shelter between a bland sky and ground.
Focus is on the subtle mauve and lavender in the sky, and the well-lit façades of the houses.
The clouds halo around the central tree; partial success showing the wind through the swept trees in the background.
Failure showing the stars in a clear sky, but again mauve and lavender on the horizon as well as three prominent starring street lights.
One position on a single subject, standing vs. lying down.
Standing; focus is on the shelter, but the image is flat with little drama.
Lying down, focus is unchanged on the shelter, but the focal blur makes the image more interesting. The shelter seems further away, even though the image is more zoomed.
Fixed position on knotted-rope play equipment as a subject.
Multiple images captured across night-day transition.
Almost nothing to see yet other than street lights and some dark blues in the sky.
Stormy looking skies as the first light of the day breaks through.
Cloud unfortunately obscures the horizon.
First tones start to appear in the ground and the silhouette of the skyline is clearly visible.
Some detail start s creeping into the scene around the play equipment.
Colour is creeping into the day.
As good as it gets before the rain came.
Angles and Details
Various details around the field that grabbed my interest.
Drunk city planning. I considered sitting lower but the last squiggles disappeared.
Depth of field and detailed focus.
Trying to get depth of field along a rope and failing.
Sometimes up is the best direction.
Sometimes down… I think there was a better shot there but I felt a bit precarious.
This is a bit better, but still not great.
I have really no idea.