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The 12 Days of Itten’s Contrasts – Day 1 (The List)

It's an age-old exercise but I've never completed it . . . so, I thought I'd take the holidays to work my way through the list of Itten's Contrasts, inspired by Michael Freeman and his book The Photographer's Eye. (I wrote a bit more about Itten's Contrasts here.) Itten's Contrasts Here's the list of Itten's Contrasts if you want to explore this exercise yourself. You find or take three photographs -- one representing each element [...]

2009-12-23T14:30:44+00:00December 23rd, 2009|Photography, Uncategorized|7 Comments

It’s Not Imbalanced . . . It’s Itten

Itten's Contrasts - An Old Bauhaus Trick I came upon the concept of Itten's Contrasts in a photography book by Michael Freeman, The Photographer's Eye (great book, by the way). Johannes Itten was a Bauhaus instructor who identified contrasts as the main element of composition. If you've studied arts or graphics you're no doubt familiar with this idea. Itten taught students to identify contrasting elements: long/short, high/low, black/white, much/little (and so on). It also helps [...]

2009-11-22T20:17:24+00:00November 22nd, 2009|Photography, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cormorants at Work

First, a disclaimer. These are not tack-sharp photos. The IS (image stabilization) inside my Olympus is pretty darned good. And with the right shutter speeds, I can brace the camera to produce crisp images without a tripod or monopod -- which is super, because I'm often taking pictures in the context of a hike where carrying a tripod is cumbersome. I'm not so much a photographer as I am a hiker with a camera. I'm not so [...]

2009-11-08T13:48:24+00:00November 8th, 2009|Photography, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Wildlife & Nature Photography Ethics

“Responsible wildlife photographers observe a strict code of ethics. The cardinal rule: if anything you do directly or indirectly endangers, restricts or harasses an animal, stop and leave the animal alone. The integrity of a wildlife photograph evaporates if the subject was not free to come and go, if it shows fear or anxiousness, if it has been provoked to attack or to defend itself.” ~ Robert Winkler, A Wildlife [...]

2018-10-02T18:27:41+00:00May 7th, 2009|Photography, Uncategorized|8 Comments
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