After the poor attempt at lens flare yesterday, I was happy to have a challenge I understood--landscape. The trick was to find the right place to photograph and an interesting way to do it.
I've wanted to photograph the sailboats moored in the harbor for some time. I took this photo from a bridge--one that I drive over multiple times a day. After years of admiring how beautiful the harbor looks in summertime, I finally hit it at sunset, parked the car, and brought my camera.
The sky was mostly cloudless and uninteresting today, so I wanted to make the water the primary subject. I thought a vertical photo would emphasize the color gradations across the harbor. Thank goodness a small outboard boat came through to create the waves, because they provide the real interest in the photo (although I'm also smitten with the red boat).
I'm so pleased that this challenge prodded me to finally take photos in a spot where I had longed to do so. I will have to go back again when I can make the sky the primary feature.
I'm looking forward to seeing your landscape photos. Unless you're on vacation, we'll get to see a slice of your home, which is always fun. Remember to post them on the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page and to my 30-Day Photography Challenge board on Pinterest. For landscape photography tips, see 11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips at Digital Photography School.
Tomorrow's challenge is Portrait. For me, the real challenge will be finding a subject. I take portraits of my kids all the time, but I do not include their names or faces on Flotsam of the Mind, so a traditional portrait of either is out. Friends and neighbors, I may come calling with camera in hand.
For portrait tips, see Digital Photography School's 10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits. If that's not enough information for you, Digital Photography has provided a list of additional portrait articles here. Who will be your portrait subject? I'm more excited for these results than for any other to date.