Monday, March 8, 2010

Instructor's Tip: Where water meets land

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured the above image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

Photo by Russ Burden. Taken on hia Oregon and Northern Calif Tour 5/22 - 5/31: One opening left

Where Water Meets the Land
Where the water meets the land brings to mind picturesque beaches, sunsets over the sea, crashing surf, and other images synonymous with the ocean. But the literal take of these words should not force you to think of these limitations. Land and water mesh around a lake, rivers carve terra firma, ponds, swamps, estuaries and streams are all bordered by earth. Every one of these settings give photographers plenty with which to work to produce great images.

Time of day is important with regards to what you want to capture. If dramatic warm light is the goal, then you’ll want to be out at sunrise or sunset. With the sun low to the horizon, colors are warm as the sun penetrates the particulates that hover near this point.

As gorgeous as the grand scenic can be, don’t overlook the details as the light or wave action changes. Glints of light from the setting or rising sun reflecting off the water have the potential to make great abstracts. If there is foreground detail, include it to make the glint wrap around a point of interest. Sand pattern images made in warm light are very powerful. Look for curving or leading lines. Even better if they lead out to the point where the water and land marry.

The image that accompanies this article was made while on my photo tour to the Oregon coast. I’d love to have you join me on this tour for an adventure of a lifetime.

Take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Check out Burden's "How To Tips" featured on Outdoor Photographer's website. The seven that are dated February 4th are his. Just underneath the articles, be sure to click on page 1 to see an additional 9.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Burden's most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

To learn more about this subject, join Burden on one of his photo tours.

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