By Nathan L. Walls

Articles tagged “photography”

Fogged in

New Year’s Eve was all fog until after sunset, when rain picked up and cleared out the inversion. While flat light of solid overcast rarely makes for good photography, fog changes up available compositions because in a lot of cases, distracting elements for some compositions get hidden.

Fog really enhances some foreground vs. background separation here.

Between bare trees and fog, it’s very easy to visualize in monochrome. The dynamic range isn’t going to be full deep shadow against just short of peaking highlights. Still, I really dig the heck out of it.

This image doesn’t work nearly so well without fog.

It was not a great day for driving, but it was very nice for walking around and photographing.

🔗 Photographing Art

Zed A. Shaw writes:

Photographing art turns out to be very difficult. You would think that you could just point a camera on your phone at a piece of art and it would come out correct. In fact if you’re at a museum it might actually work because the museum controls the light that is on every painting. In my house though I do not have high quality museum lights. What I have are crappy, yellow, florescent, warm, and plain terrible lighting. So when I take a photo of my paintings it usually comes out looking kind of like I took the photo under a streetlamp.

I like this post as an example of explaining a problem by writing through the thinking process to solve a problem. It’s not written as a professional photographer, it’s written as a painter who needs to solve a photography problem.

🔗 2018 Student Camera Project, Part I

My friend Magnus Hedemark is starting to assemble a $300 learning camera kit. Besides budget, the key is that it’s a student camera, which he explains thusly:

A student camera is a camera that someone learning serious photography can use to effectively develop their knowledge and skills while creating images that are pleasing enough to make the whole experience worthwhile. They don’t require a lot of features.

Here are some of the things I would require out of a student camera:

  1. Easy manual aperture control.
  2. Easy manual shutter speed control.
  3. Easy manual ISO control.
  4. Interchangeable lens system with a common mount.
  5. A prime lens in a “normal” focal length (effective focal length between 40-58mm).

I’m very interested with where this goes.

A photography newsletter appears

I’m launching a photography newsletter that will be published approximately monthly. The first issue will be out within the next week or so.

I’ll be focusing the newsletter on highlighting new work from me and revisiting some older work I want to shine a light on. I’ll share lessons and experiences from my 22 years of active photography practice and work from other folks that I find interesting and inspiring.

Finally, I’ll be offering photos for sale soon, and this newsletter is going to be a great spot to hear about it.

Visit the sign-up page here. Thank you very much.


Photography: New York (2014)

Robin and I took a vacation to New York, covering New York City for a weekend and upstate in Accord in the Catskills at the tail-end of September. It was absolutely gorgeous and I have four growing sets to show the trip:

Some of the images, notably some of the foliage pieces like the one above, will be for sale. Drop me a line if you’re interested in purchasing a print.