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Nature Photo Tip Quickies: What is Composition

Delicate Rose is a dramatic black and white nature photograph of the delicate petals of a rose bloom with dew droplets resting on them. This photograph was created in the beautiful, award winning Rose Garden in Brandywine Park located in Wilmington, Delaware. Title: Delicate Rose B and W Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Nature PhotographyPhoto Quickie: What is Composition

A composition of a photograph effective conveys the intended meaning of the photographer while the image was begin created. The composition could be of a variety of thing for placement to mood, as well as depth and subject matter. A good composition or strong composition in a photograph is easy for the viewer to spot the intended subject or reason the the photograph was created.

Image Info:

Title: Delicate Rose
Nature Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Floral Nature Photography (Black and White)


Photography Quickie Tip: Wide Load

urban Landscape Photograph Shining Cab by Nature and Landscape Photographer Melissa Fague

Photo Quickie: Wide Load

Because the angle of view that a  wide-angle lens has makes it the obviously the easier lens to use where there’s limited space or the subject are large; such as city scenes and vast landscapes.  However, just because the Wide-angle’s view is much greater than that of the telephoto or standard lens, it doesn’t mean you can’t create stunning images; you’ll just have to be more creative.

Image Info:

Title: Shining Cab
Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Abstract / Urban Landscape  Photography

Landscape Photography Tip Quickies: Time

Windy Beach is a black and white landscape photograph of the base of a rock jetty in Cape Henlopen State park located in Lewes, Delaware. The image was created to capture the wind blowing the sand and clouds. This image won 2nd place in the Delmarva on View 2014 Photo Contest and was recently on exhibit at the Lewes Public Library in Delaware. Title: Windy Beach Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography Are you an Etsy Fan? This image is also available on Etsy; Gift Cards are accepted. https://www.etsy.com/listing/251341735/windy-beach-landscape-photograph

Photo Quickie: From the Start

Every photograph that has ever been created is actually a time exposure. Images may be recorded in a fraction of a second or over hours of time. but many people never realize or they simply forget that time can be used as a creative tool in photography. The shutter speed can be adjusted to any time span you want; from very long (bulb with infinite possibilities ) or instantaneous exposures to freeze time. Take the time to learn about your shutter speed; it will open a whole new world to you and your creative eye.

Image Info:

Title: Windy Beach
Photographer: Melissa Fague
Genre: Landscape Photography


Photographing Lightning in Your Landscape Photographs

Photo Quickie: Photographing Lightning

Spring is upon us and the storms have started rolling, so I thought I would share this useful tip on photographing lightning in your landscape photography again.


First attempt at capturing lightning, not too bad for having sleepy eyes and in my jammies.

To shoot a successful landscape photograph with lightning you need to set your camera on a tripod or on a secure stable surface.  Next you will want your camera on Manual mode, its best practices to enable the mirror lock-up function and use a cable release to minimize the camera shake when you touch it.

A good starter setting for your aperture (f-stop) would be somewhere between 8 or 11 to ensure your exposure is between 5 and 30 seconds. This will open the shutter for extended periods of time. You will not know when or where in the frame they’ll appear so manually focus on infinity and include a lot of sky in your composition….now you sit and wait for the lightning to strike. It may not happen on your first few attempts but eventually it will.

A landscape photograph of lightning striking property of Salem Power Plant in New Jersey. Photograph taken from Augustine Beach Delaware by Melissa Fague.

The image above, Lightning and Salem Power Plant, was created to show the contrast between man-made power and mother nature. I envisioned capturing lightning in that location for months; it took me sitting through seven storms and a few hundred shots to achieve it. I captured other bolts during the time spent there but they were not as interesting, intense or they did not hit where I wanted in the frame. Be patient and keep trying!

Photo Quickie: Reflecting

Photo Quickie: Reflecting
If you can’t afford studio lights to even out harsh contrasts when shooting with natural light you can always reflect light. You can do so by positioning a large sheet of paper or white cardboard to reflect the harsh light onto the unlit side of your subject. If you are photographing people, ask them to hold the card themselves or attach the cardboard to a stand outside of the framed shot. Alternatively, you could always invest in a set of portable reflectors.