Calm Imagery

Calm Imagery

Lately, I've noticed terms like "calm images" or "calming photography" or popping up in online searches. I think it makes sense, based on the rollercoaster so many of us have been through this the past year...years, actually. Hence, there's no surprise that we seek creative work that's more soothing and calming for the mind, body, [...]

Photographing Hawaii

Photographing Hawaii

Today, August 4, is President Obama's birthday. Since he's a Hawaiian native, and also since August 21, only a few weeks from today, is Hawaii Statehood Day, here are a few images from the majestic, mesmerizing Aloha land, the land of rainbows: Leap of Faith: Leap of Faith. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.Leap [...]

Photographing Rainbows

Photographing Rainbows

Photographing Rainbows Some say that rainbows are symbols of hope. I tend to believe that. I love rainbows. There's something awe-inspiring, breathtaking about them. So, let's take a look at photographing rainbows. What is a rainbow? Without getting too much into the science behind the rainbows, we've learned in school that when white light passes [...]

Perspectives – Haleakala

Perspectives – Haleakala

Point-of-View in Photography Photographing Haleakala   As photographers, we are visual storytellers. We choose a point of view, vantage point or perspective from which to tell that story. A short, one-image story might require either an overall perspective (shoot with a wide angle lens to capture the entire scene, for example) or a tight shot, [...]

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting Using a specific lighting pattern can help define our photographic voice. In my previous post I mentioned split lighting and how it can be used to evoke a certain mood and look, in particular in black-and-white portraits. Today let's look at back lighting. Back lighting creates silhouettes, [...]