Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Art Nature Photography – rainy day

The Rainy Day

It’s raining in southern Cal today, storm watch 2010! Wait that’s the old days!

Now I can talk a walk and look around for the small things that I might have overlooked in the past. Art Nature Photography is the listing for today’s post and I just wanted to take a look at the world that we normally cruise by at 45 mph while talking on the cell phone.

The first image uses traditional composition with the leaf in the upper right area of convergence and something called negative space which is essentially everything else that is in the frame (nothing) or the reflection of a gray sky. It’s there in the composition to balance out the leaf. Does that make sense?

Sometimes you can isolate your subject (like the leaf) to make a statement with your image. The lifeless leaf, isolated in a sea that reflects the lonely gray sky on a rainy day. See how that works?

The second image is similar. The rain drops in the upper part of the image are in the upper right area of convergence and the yucca leaves/spears are in the horizontal thirds. The background is simple but not as sparse as the first image. Still it isolates the water drops and let’s the viewer focus on them in the simplicity of the composition.

Finally, , the last image is from my garden. I love when it looks wild and inviting and I really like angels. If you look carefully, you will see a second one out of focus to the left side of the main subject.  I placed the white angel’s face in the upper right area of convergence (must be my day for that!) but I used another technique in this image.

The angel is placed “looking” out of the canvas of the photograph. Normally you would want to leave room in the composition for your subject to “look or move into” but in this instance I want to create tension in the image by having my subject look off into space.

Enjoy this rainy day we need the water here in the desert!

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4 Responses

January 13, 2010

hi mike! what an informative, accessible post. i’ll be checking back here often.

January 13, 2010
Michael Kitada

hi lisa, thanks for your kind words. come by anytime. m

January 13, 2010
Heidi Hunt

Hi Mike,

This is my favorite type of photography, simple “quiet” shots that let you think while you enjoy the beauty of the photo. Good reminder to go pick up my camera today…

February 2, 2010

Hey I like rainy days and all those images are really very beautiful.Specially that second image is very nice with good clarity.Thank you very much for showing these images.

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