Tom and I celebrate the great images being created by our community of photographers each month by selecting a Photo of the Month. For October we selected Kim Turner’s image of Pemaquid Lighthouse from Creative Camera Craft Class. We hope you enjoy Kim’s images as much as we do
Congratulations to October’s photographer – Kim Turner
The Story …
This is Pemaquid Lighthouse. We were in Maine three or four years ago. This lighthouse is photographed by everybody.It’s a great stopping point when you are photographing on the Maine coast.
We were up by the buildings and a woman said to me, “Go down there, there is a great reflection.” I said “Thank you,” but I don’t usually listen to people. I don’t like to be told what to take photos of. But this sounded like it was worth listening to.
I was so happy I listened to her. After walking down the hill, I turned around and there it was. I took numerous images and was so happy with the result I made both a color print and a black and white print for an art show.
After cropping the image in your online class (Creative Camera Craft) I want to throw both prints away. The cropped version is so much better.
I learned about the Fibonacci crop overlay in PhotoShop 1. For this image I tried all the crop overlays for this image. At first I wasn’t comfortable making the crop with the overlay because it cut off a lot of details that I thought were vital to the shot, like a red outbuilding and a tree. Once I cropped it, the people in the scene bothered me, so I used PhotoShop to erase them too.
In the final image with the Fibonacci crop, the lines in the rock were so much more distinct. That, to me, is what the image is about. Not the lighthouse, the line in the rocks.
The Data: .
ISO 200 24mm 1/100 f 7.1 in manual mode
The Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm f4L
About learning photography online:
It has changed my world! We are working so much on software and editing. I have stayed away from PhotoShop in the past. It was so intimidating for me. Now I cannot wait to find a reason to open an image in PhotoShop.
The video recordings are really helpful. I watch them over and over and pick up something new every time.
Tip from the Photographer
Try different things when you are cropping. You can always undo it. I usually go through all the crop overlays and end up using the Fibonacci crop.
On Kim’s Horizon
All I do right now is ride my bike and take pictures. I am really excited about upcoming workshops:
Route 66 East Workshop – I am excited about trying motion blur and multiple exposure on this one.
If you would like to learn more about our online classes like Bird Photography, PhotoShop 1 and 2, Advanced Landscapes Click Here or join us for an online Happy Hour on Friday Nov 6 at 6:45 SMT to see a virtual gallery of images from our latest classes. Leave a comment below to receive an invite.