Photo-technique [Individual Subject section]07 Taking Photographs from a Different Viewpoint06 Beautiful sky photography05 Enjoy photography on a golf course04 Taking pictures of dishes so that they look delicious, Part 203 Taking snapshots on streets02 Taking pictures of dishes so that they look delicious, Part 101 World Heritage sites photographed in a fantastic atmosphere
Photo-technique [[Individual Subject section] 03 Taking snapshots on streets while exploring a city

Beginner's technique

Photographing a subject while taking shadow into consideration! Giving variation to a subject while taking shadow into consideration

You use the words "light and shadow" to describe photographs. If you look at the shadow, a familiar view or objects turns into a beautiful subject, showing more sense of existence than the main subject. When you go out with your camera and cannot decide what you should snap, I suggest pointing your camera at the shadow of a subject and shooting from an angle where the light and shadow look beautiful.


Sample photo: Door-1.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: Door-2.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/1000 sec ●F9.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: A.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I saw a beautiful shadow on the open stairs leading toward the ground and a shadow of the plant. At that position, I released the shutter. However, a high-key space on the left was too much, and the shot looked slightly expansive.
Sample photo: B.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I was able to solve this problem by cutting off the high-key space in the diagonal framing by moving to the front side to create a crisp screen and emphasizing the shadow by bringing it further into the frame.
Sample photo: C.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/640 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I was attracted to a scene showing graffiti on the wall of a building that was partially covered by the shadow from a traffic sign. However, I cut off too much unnecessary space from the screen while trying to create an appropriate composition. Accordingly, the image of the end result was far different from that of my first impression.
Sample photo: D.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/800 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
To make the impression of the end result closer to the dynamic impression I first received, I shot at a slightly diagonal angle and slightly inclined the camera. I was able to reproduce the fresh impression I first received from it.
Sample photo: E.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/320 sec ●F4.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I feel that the fleshy tropical plants radiate a strong aura and create a soothing effect in people looking at them. I took time and photographed them carefully, but the resulting photo did not have enough impact.
Sample photo: F.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/320 sec ●F4.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
So, I looked for a plant of a similar shape with leaves leaves covered by shadow from other plants, and decided on a composition by taking the shadow into consideration, and then released the shutter. I feel that the end result did capture the atmosphere of the location.



Emphasizing the atmosphere of a subject using a silhouette!

If you shoot a subject against the sun in auto mode, the main subject may appear black. However, do not think this is a failure. A silhouetted subject can express its beauty by its shape. It is sometimes said that a silhouette is a supreme method of photographic expression due to its emphasis of the subject.


Sample photo: Door-1.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/1250 sec ●F9.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: Door-2.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/125 sec ●F2.4 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: A.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/500 sec ●F5.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I tried to reproduce the beautiful star shape illuminations hanging near the top of a red window of a shop of a local shopping street. However, their shape overlapped with the buildings in the background and the resulting photo was not exactly the one I had intended to take.
Sample photo: B.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/800 sec ●F8.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
In order to emphasize the star shapes, I included a great deal of the sky in the screen, arranged the slightly visible sun in one of the stars, and then shot without correcting backlight. By creating a silhouette, I feel I was able to reproduce the beauty of the scene.
Sample photo: C.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/250 sec ●F4.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I tried to shoot the beauty by taking advantage of the differing contrasts of the stand with the plants and the background view by carefully using the framing technique. However, the camera adjusted the exposure to the shadow area causing the white background to lack gradation detail. The end result was a picture with mediocre exposure.
Sample photo: D.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/500 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
To solve this problem, I framed the screen so that the exposure was set to the background by aiming so that the external view occupied half the screen, and created a complete silhouette of the plants and stand. I was able to capture gradation that was visible to the naked eye.
Sample photo: E.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F5.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I decided on the framing and released the shutter to capture the beautiful scenery of the yacht harbor behind the dense forest. However, the exposure was adjusted for the trees that dominated the screen, resulting in a picture without any spatial effect.
Sample photo: F.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/640 sec ●F7.1 ●ISO100 ●EV-2.0 ●WB:AUTO
To adjust exposure to the brightness of the yacht harbor and the sun in the background, I released the shutter by adjusting the exposure to -2.0EV. The trees are expressed as silhouettes, producing a crisp image with a spatial effect.



Finding another world in a reflection!

When walking along a street, you may sometimes notice that the scenery reflected in a show window looks unusually beautiful. The image changes in various ways if you look at it from different angles, and the subject you are actually looking at can be seen together with the background behind you that is reflected in the glass Let's try photographing the world of reality and illusion by combining reflections.


Sample photo: Door-1.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/200 sec ●F3.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: Door-2.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/500 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: Door-3.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/160 sec ●F3.2 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: A.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F4.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
I released the shutter to photograph the outstandingly beautiful chandeliers together with the building and sky behind me that was reflected in the glass of the show window. However, the focus was on the glass, resulting in an out of focus shot.
Sample photo: B.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/320 sec ●F4.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
To solve this problem, I switched the mode to "AF/Snap" (the focus is fixed at 2.5m) registered with the function button to allow AF to work at the fixed focus. Accordingly, the result was a sharp image.
Sample photo: C.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/250 sec ●F4.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
I released the shutter to photograph the reflection in the glass I saw. However, the resulting image of the picture was far from the massive impression I received with my naked eye.
Sample photo: D.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/500 sec ●F5.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
I moved to a shooting position where the background would occupy more area in the frame. As a result, the entire screen became crispy black, and I was able to capture an atmosphere that was close to the impression I received when I first saw it.
Sample photo: E.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/320 sec ●F5.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
The display of a clothing shop looked as if it was floating on the glass of the show window that reflected the background view. I released the shutter to shoot the atmosphere. However, I was not satisfied with the resulting picture.
Sample photo: F.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/500 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I felt the sense of distance to the subject was missing, and I shot it while framing out unnecessary objects without changing the image of the reflection. This gave a sense of breath to the subject.



Taking a close-up photo of a subject in focus while including the surroundings using a wide-angle macro lens!

Macro photography and snapshots are not necessarily associated with each other. However, a zoomed-in photograph subject with surrounding objects in the background taken with a wide-angle lens produces a reality that is completely different from the reality captured using a standard or medium microscopic lenses. Let's explore the fun of framing part of a subject, not the entire image of the subject.


Sample photo: Door-1.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: Door-2.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F5.6 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
Sample photo: A.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/30 sec ●F2.4 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
My attention was attracted to a rubber hose with water dripping out of it at a flower shop I was passing. I stopped and released the shutter. However, I could not make the picture capture the impression I received when I first saw it.
Sample photo: B.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/60 sec ●F2.4 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
By switching to macro mode and zooming in on the dripping water in the rubber hose in order to remove the vague and cluttered background, the reality of the rubber hose as I saw it was reproduced.
Sample photo: C.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/640 sec ●F6.3 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.0 ●WB:AUTO
I was startled by a poster with an eye pasted on the pole of the bulletin board. I stopped and created a composition taking the background into account. However, the resulting photo did not have enough impact.
Sample photo: D.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/640 sec ●F6.3 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
To improve this, I changed the lens mode from normal to macro, and placed the poster with the eye fully in the frame. The resulting photo had just right amount of blur in the background, and in contrast, the poster was emphasized.
Sample photo: E.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/400 sec ●F4.5 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
I was attracted to the scenery reflected in a puddle of water on the side of a path. I squatted down, paid attention to the four corners with regard to framing, and then released the shutter. However, the reflection was not reproduced clearly.
Sample photo: F.JPG
Taken with: GR DIGITAL II ●1/320 sec ●F4.0 ●ISO100 ●EV-0.3 ●WB:AUTO
To solve this problem, I switched the lens mode from normal to macro, and zoomed in on the reflection so that it took up most of the frame. The resulting photo had a good blur effect, which cannot be seen with the naked eye.

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