Tim Harding Photography: Blog https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/blog en-us (C) Tim Harding Photography (Tim Harding Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/img/s/v-12/u615475928-o191481232-50.jpg Tim Harding Photography: Blog https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/blog 86 120 The World of Nature Photography https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/blog/2019/12/the-world-of-nature-photography Nature photography is a genre that covers a wide range disciplines, each with its own subjects, equipment, techniques and challenges. They all share a common devotion to portraying elements of nature with an aesthetic that hopefully leaves the viewer with a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world.

I like to divide nature photography into five main categories, with numerous crossovers and specialties under each of those. The main ones are birds and wildlife (which I feel are separate), macro/close-up, flowers and plants, landscapes and the night sky. I have managed to photograph all of these subjects at one point or another over the years, and have captured images in each that I am proud of. However there are three of these (well, fourremember I said birds and wildlife are separate?) that I enjoy the most and have especially embraced. These are the ones where I concentrate my time and effort, in improving my skills and seeking out subjects for new images. They are, in the order that I started them:

  • Birds
  • Wildlife
  • Landscapes
  • Night Sky

I now spend probably almost equal time and energy each year working on each of these subjects. The great thing about having diverse areas of interest is that at any given time of the year and in almost any condition there are subjects to photograph in one of these areas. There are times of the year when birds are abundant and resplendent in their breeding colours, and other times when the Milky Way core is high in the sky.

Over the next few weeks I’m going share my thoughts about each of these disciplines, including a tip or two for anyone interested in joining this amazing pastime. Feel free to read along, and please leave me a comment if you enjoy my posts.

Thanks!

 

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For the Love of Printing https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/blog/2019/11/the-value-of-prints I have once again fallen in love with printed photographs.

I started in photography in the age of film, when you could shoot 24 or 36 frames at a time (the 64 GB CF card in my Canon SLR easily holds 1000+ high-res images). Then you didn't really know what you had until you dropped the film canisters off at the local drug store or Fotomat counter, then waited a few days to get the prints or slides developed. The feeling of anticipation waiting to see how things came out is something we no longer experience in the digital age. I remember how excited  I was when 1-hour turnaround was introduced. Instant Gratification! Well, almost.

I still have an old cedar box of family photographs from my childhood, and many old albums with yellowing, fading prints inside. It's uncanny how looking at these physical objects, holding them in your hands, can conjure up memories and emotions.

Digital photography has opened up so much in the way of creative possibilities. With modern digital camera sensors and cutting-edge digital processing software we are able to bring the photo lab right onto our desktops, and even our mobile phones. No longer are we at the mercy of a faceless, nameless lab technician to properly develop what we shot in camera. Every step of the creative process is controlled by the photographer, from conception to end product.

However, by their nature digital images are ephemeral. Most of the images we capture end up sitting on hard drives or cloud storage, never to be seen by anyone. The best of them we'll post on social media platforms and maybe get a few hundred views and a few dozen 'likes'. Then they'll be gone. Gone from the collective memory of anyone who saw them, and sadly often gone from the experience of the artist that created them. Like digital ghosts they disappear into the cyber ether, either gone forever, or often popping up somewhere in a completely unauthorized use (but that's another story).

I have been quite content to live in that world since I took up photograph as a serious pursuit more than five years ago. In that time I have been continuously working on developing my craft. I feel I have evolved as a photographer from 'taking' pictures to 'creating' photographs. I now have the skill and expertise to envision an image, then plan, execute and create that image as I imagined it.  As my work as progressed, I have slowly built a healthy online following, and I enjoy the feedback I get for my work.

However there has always been one thing missing, and I wasn't sure what it was until a good friend of mine mentioned he had bought a large-format inkjet photo printer. I was blown away by the quality of the images he produced, and then I realized what I had been missing.  So I recently took the plunge. 

Wow.

I now have a whole new appreciation for the printed photograph. Something I can hold in my hands, something I created. Imagine a play written that is never performed, or a song written that is never sung. That's how I feel now about a great photograph that isn't printed. It isn't finished. Instead of languishing on my hard drives after posting, my favourite images are now preserved on paper. They are reminders to me every time I look at them of the time and place, the experience I had, the feelings I felt. They have the capacity to calm and inspire. I am constantly seeing those images in new and different ways. Add a nice frame and matte, and you have—dare I say it—art.

Something to behold.A favourite image, framed and matted, becomes something completely different than when viewed on a screen.

With the current sate-of-the-art of inkjet printing, and the selection of beautiful fine art papers available, anyone can have a print lab at home that professional photographers could only dream about a generation ago. I'll never look back.

I print exclusively on MOAB fine art papers, with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.

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(Tim Harding Photography) canon fine art moab paper photography photos printing prints https://www.timhardingphoto.ca/blog/2019/11/the-value-of-prints Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:07:29 GMT