Photo Within The Photo

I was in Newport Beach, California, to write my next book for Quiet Time Ministries, titled Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises Of God. Looking for daily writing inspiration is as easy as realizing you have a deadline, meditating on the scripture verses you will include in your next chapter, and for me … grabbing my Nikon D7000 or Nikon D800E and heading out for a mind-clearing myPhotoWalk sunrise photoshoot with the Lord along a quiet beach in Corona Del Mar, California. The Lord and the ocean waves were calling!

Corona Del Mar State Beach was only a short drive from my hotel writing hideaway. So I was off down Jamboree Road, left onto Bayside Drive, and I was there. Pretty much alone except for owners walking their dogs and such. Still quite dark yet. I saw the low tide so the rocks were visibly jutting out of the water — a nice touch for macros and detail for wider shots. I thanked the Lord for His Creation and got to work. I had both cameras with me, the Big Mama Nikon D800E and the trusty, versatile Nikon D7000. It didn’t take much for me to get into the moment.

The Dog

Sunrise shoot 6/14/14 Nikon D7000 80-400mm lens at 360mm focal length, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/400 Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.

The Ocean

Sunrise shoot 6/21/14 Nikon D7000 80-400mm lens at 80mm focal length, ISO 100, f5.0, 1/160 Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.

I recently had a number of images critiqued for The Arcanum online photographic academy by my mentor Laurie Rubin, and also another world famous wildlife photographer, Laurie Excell. Both of these women are world-renowned nature photographers so I felt incredibly privileged to hear all they had to say. One of the main things I learned from my time with these two professionals was about composition. I must pay attention to composing my images by leaving enough room for cropping if necessary. I had always thought I should compose to exact proportions. But they made an excellent point, especially with these two gallery images. Had I left more room with The Dog and The Ocean images, I could have cropped a bit differently, and ultimately I would have had a much better image.

One of the lessons in this for me was looking at my image and asking myself if there is another image within the photograph that will give more impact and have better composition. So I have been scrutinizing my images more with this in mind. Once I looked at the images in Adobe Bridge and brought them into Adobe Photoshop I began to have fun with different crops to get brand new compositions. Post-processing is now even more fun for me.

So have a look at what I did and see for yourself how you may have a much better photo within the photo.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine
Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer specializing in nature and landscape photography and Senior Education Manager at Macphun Software. Most recently Laurie won 1st place in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards for the Zoo and Aquarium category. Her image is in the Fall Awards issue of Nature’s Best and is displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. As she says, “Photography, nature, wildlife and finding happiness along the way … that’s what I’m all about!”
Laurie Rubin
Trey Ratcliff, the world renowned professional photographer of StuckInCustoms.com (the #1 Travel Photography Blog on the Internet) with the first HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo ever to hang in the Smithsonian Institution, founded The Arcanum, dedicated to teaching the artistic disciplines of photography through a Master and Apprentice relationship. Masters include such notables as Laurie Rubin, Dallas Nagata White, Catherine Hall, Jeremy Cowart, Lisa Bettany, Jaime Ibarra, Karen Hutton, Thomas Hawk, Rick Sammon, Dave Cross, Alex Koloskov, Varina Patel, and many more. Each Arcanum level has special assignments, critiques or challenges for the Apprentices with the goal to become a Master.
Trey Ratcliff’s THE ARCANUM

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