PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER, THE MONTH OF AUTUMN!

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To most of the upper half of the world, we are just about to go into everyone’s favorite time of year: Autumn! The world is beautifully going into “DEAD”. That’s a crazy way to look at it, but, it is the preparation of winter, and the leaves on the trees, change color and give us the Autumn that we all love.

With that, let’s take a look at this wonderful collection of Autumn photos, that I think are winners. Check these out:

red leaf trees near the road
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dirt road cover by dried leaves
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concrete road between trees
Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com
landscape photography of trees
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orange trees
Photo by 김 대정 on Pexels.com
photography of maple trees
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com
forest during day
Photo by Ian Beckley on Pexels.com

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Photo by Lanny Cottrell
trees in autumn forest
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tree with maple leaves
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo
maple leaves on water
Photo by Max Andrey on Pexels.com

autumn autumn leaves branch bright
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house covered with red flowering plant
Photo by Lisa on Pexels.com
autumn hd wallpaper
Photo by Valiphotos on Pexels.com
autumn barn colorado colorful
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ambience atmosphere autumn autumn leaves
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autumn trees
Photo by Valiphotos on Pexels.com

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house beside trees
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green and red leafed trees
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scenic view of sky with rainbow
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF MOUNTAINS!

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The mountains we have all around us are beautiful. God has provided these mountains to give us the extra beauty to the earth. People want to climb them, hike in them do everything they can to enjoy the vast beauty in our mountains. And of course, photographers are always including these beautiful mountains in their photos, and have come up with winning photos. Let’s take a look at these amazing photos for PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

man in red jacket standing outside of the cave across the three mountains
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mountain photography
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“What a funny world we live in when we won’t turn our phones off, yet we get excited to see we’ve hiked far enough to lose service.” – We Dream of Travel

back view of a person standing on a vast green grass field
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bird flying over rocky mountain
Photo by Gianluca Grisenti on Pexels.com
young mongolian male musician playing dombor in valley
Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com
aerial photo of castle beside forest
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Pexels.com
gray and brown mountain
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In a recent survey, it was asked how many subjects are there in photography? The result of that survey was a list of 51 different subjects. 123photogo is blogging about every single subject on that survey. That list is below:

aerial photo of city
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Pexels.com
trees near body of water
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell, Editor of 123PhotoGo
Photo by Alberto Restifo on Unsplash

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” – Anatoli Boukreev

Photo by Alberto Restifo on Unsplash
adventure arid arizona barren
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
brown mountains
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Pexels.com
dawn landscape sunset sand
Photo by Erick Todd on Pexels.com
adventure autumn california country
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
person waking on hill
Photo by Krivec Ales on Pexels.com
black and brown mountain
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
snow landscape mountains nature
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com
dramatic mountain slope with rapid mountain river
Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com
red and gray pagoda temple
Photo by Tomáš Malík on Pexels.com
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

photo of mountain under cloudy sky
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This week’s photos of the week is a wonderful collection of “TRAVEL PHOTOS”, taken by photographers of places around the world. Perhaps you too, will find some place to go to, by the photos you see here today:
Photo by Mark Basarab on Unsplash
Taichi Bagua 特克斯县 – Photo taken by Zongnan Bao
mountainous valley with evergreen forest against misty sky
Photo by Krivec Ales on Pexels.com – EUROPE
antelope canyon
Photo by Paul IJsendoorn on Pexels.com – Slot Canyons, Zioins National Park, Utah
woman in green kimono standing near a river
Photo by Yaroslav Shuraev on Pexels.com – JAPAN
great wall of china
Photo by Paulo Marcelo Martins on Pexels.com – CHINA
drift wood on seashore
Photo by Christina on Pexels.com – ALASKA
brown wooden house on green grass field near snow covered mountain
Photo by GaPeppy1 on Pexels.com -WYOMING
assorted color houses beside body of water
Photo by Frans Van Heerden on Pexels.com – Beautiful Italy
building surrounded by parking lot under clear day sky
Photo by David McBee on Pexels.com – KANSAS
ethnic father and son standing on beach
Photo by Julia Volk on Pexels.com
taj mahal india
Photo by Sudipta Mondal on Pexels.com INDIA
architecture building dark dusk
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – BELGIUM
landscape photography of snowy mountain
Photo by Jens Johnsson on Pexels.com – CHILE
photo of rock formation near sea
Photo by Efrain Alonso on Pexels.com – MEXICO
sydney opera
Photo by Rijan Hamidovic on Pexels.com – AUSTRALIA
51 DIFFERENT SUBJECTS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, AND DURING THE WEEK, ONE PER DAY IS BEING COVERED IN THE BLOG. LOOK AT THE PAST FEW WEEKS TO SEE THE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. TOMORROW’S SUBJECT: AN EMPTY ROAD. LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF EMPTY ROADS!
tower bridge
Photo by John Smith on Pexels.com – GREAT BRITAIN
photo of houses
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Pexels.com
city road people woman
Photo by Lenny Furman on Pexels.com – FLORIDA
zebras on zebra
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com – AFRICA
bird s eye view photography of lighted buildings
Photo by Ethan Brooke on Pexels.com – KOREA
white concrete building under white clouds
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com – USSR
bridge lampposts body of water and buildings during day
Photo by Amy Burry on Pexels.com – SPAIN
photo of hot air balloons on flight
Photo by Adil on Pexels.com
wood dawn landscape sunset
Photo by Todd Trapani on Pexels.com – MISSISSIPPI
photo of ships
Photo by Michael D. Camphin on Pexels.com – PANAMA
green island in the middle of the lake during daytime
Photo by Ketan Kumawat on Pexels.com – NEW ZEALAND
rainbow mountains under white clouds on sunny day
Photo by Hector Perez on Pexels.com – ARGENTINA

Yes, it’s that time of year when you go traveling. This is a beautiful world, and I hope you all get out to enjoy it.

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HOW TO TAKE GOOD PHOTOS OF CLOUDS:

two person on boat in body of water during golden hour
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Special note: recently I was looking for a subject to write on for this blog, and came across another website that was showing how many different subjects there are on photography. And they came up with:

51 different subjects !

I have decided to take on that challenge and see if I can share my knowledge of all 51 different subjects.

FIRST ON THE LIST: TAKING PHOTOS OF CLOUDS !

white clouds
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In scenery photos, I believe the best photos will include clouds. Generally, as long as you have a foreground or a true landscape photo with the clouds in the picture, you can just follow the light meter. But, be aware of certain clouds that could throw the exposure setting off on your landscape photo.

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If you have a lot of “white” clouds in your photo, the light meter of your camera may turn the rest of the landscape dark to compensate for all the white. The photo above has 2 issues to watch out for: 1- if you just use your light meter in automatic mode, the white clouds will probably not be white. They will be a darker shade, almost grey in color. That’s because the light meter thinks everything is grey. So, these clouds are not as white as they were in real life. 2- Also, because of that the landscape is now darker as well.

Here is a better view of what the image really was: The clouds are white, and now we have a better exposure of the landscape as well. Oh, there’s color in the landscape that was missed with the first photo. But, perhaps you like the first one better? You decide, but the first one is way underexposed.

What to do: make sure if you are shooting with automatic mode, try using your “over / under” exposure compensation dial, and over expose (+) your photo.

What if you want to make your clouds the important part of the subject, like a sunrise or sunset:

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In this case, for a sunset, the clouds in the photo just adds to the colors. The capture the reflections they get from the actual sunset and make their own color. Often you can get this type of photo, just by using your camera in automatic mode. But, I would certainly experiment with this by taking the photo at what the camera light meter does, and then take one picture over expose (+) and then one underexposed (-) to see the color differences. It will mean the difference between a good photo and a bad photo.

I have on my Facebook page, a photographer that shoots the sunset every night, and the colors are incredible. I have someone else who lives in a different part of the valley shoot the same sunset, and I am bored. And then I saw it myself, and I will go with the first photographer. So, experiment with the exposure control even if you like what you got, and see if you can get a better one.

Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell

Now take a look at this above photo, with a variety of clouds and the mountains in brilliant color. This was taken with a circular polarizing filter, and this totally enhanced all the colors, plus, kept the exposure perfect. This is because there is more “scenery” in the photo than the clouds. But, look at that photo again, and picture it without the clouds. Not quite so pretty is it? So, clouds are truly important when taking photos.

seaside
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I love what another photographer put as the steps necessary to get good cloud photos:

1- Use all your lenses, telephoto zooms, wide angle lenses, general walk arounds. Zoom in, zoom out, photograph panoramas, shoot them both horizontally and vertically. But mostly shoot them wide and get as much into one scene as possible. You can always crop and resize as you wish later on.

2-Use a polarizing filter to help bring out as much detail as possible.

3- Photograph all types of clouds. Dark angry clouds, happy fluffy clouds, Cirrus and Cumulus are my personal favorites. Photograph them at sunset, sunrise, midday or midnight for that matter! Overcast days, sunny days, just keep shooting whenever you see a dramatic sky formation.

4- Keep your camera ISO setting low. Personally I don’t go over 200 ISO for clouds. You want to keep them clean and noise free.

5- Keep photographing clouds and the sky from every direction in reference to the sun and lighting as well. When you clone in a new sky the lighting on the main subject needs to match the lighting on the sky. After all, you want it to appear believable.

6- I set the lowest aperture f-number possible. A sky or cloud formation is so far away your camera aperture setting becomes virtually unimportant. Just make sure the camera is focusing on the actual sky and not a nearby object.

Another thing to watch for is the different timing on your sunset photos with the clouds. The photo above is a photo taken at “twilight”, which occurs after the sun goes down, and colors that you pick up are the purples and blues creating even a more beautiful sunset. Don’t just take your sunset photo and leave, wait to see if you can get some of the “twilight” colors too. You will be glad you did.

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: “PATAGONIA”

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One of the most beautiful, and rugged mountain range as well as an area steeped in tradition, we present this week’s PHOTOS OF THE WEEK, Highlighting PATAGONIA of South America. This mountain range is commonly known as the border between Chile and Argentina, and both countries claim the beauty of this mountain range. So, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful mountains in the world:

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Patagonia is a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, governed by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes Mountains, lakes, fjords, and glaciers in the west and deserts, tablelands and steppes to the east. Patagonia is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and many bodies of water that connect them, such as the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and the Drake Passage to the south.

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The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia.[1] The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Huincul Fault, in Araucanía Region.

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In the southernmost part of South America, Patagonia occupies 260,000 square miles spanning Argentina and Chile. The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.

Photo by Jake Peacock on Unsplash

What airport do you fly into for Patagonia?

Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport

To reach Patagonia, you‘ll want to fly through Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and then take a hopper flight to your desired Patagonian city. Alternatively, you could fly into Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), Chilean Patagonia‘s main airport, and cross the border into El Calafate in Southern Patagonia.

Watch this amazing video of the ice breaking away from this glacier in Patagonia

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Why is Patagonia so special?

Patagonia’s clothing is inseparable from its aggressive environmental advocacy. It led the outdoor industry in using recycled nylon and polyester fabrics, and Patagonia’s chilled-out vintage vibe is rooted in the idea that its clothes are built to last for years, not just seasons. Click: patagonia to see their specials.

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Is Patagonia better in Chile or Argentina?

If it comes down to size, the Argentine Patagonia is a winner. It’s larger than Chilean Patagonia, meaning there are more places to visit and more things to see and do. However, while Chilean Patagonia may be smaller, that also means it’s easier to see and do all the best things in that region.

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Map of Patagonia
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The striking scenery of Patagonia is the result of major glaciological and geological transformations that took place in the region millions of years ago, creating mountains and countless valleys, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Patagonia is one of the most uninhabited areas of our planet and home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant life, many of which is endemic to the region.

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Thank you for taking a look at some great photos from a world a lot of know nothing about. These travel photos are a good way to get yourself acquainted with the rest of the world.

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DAY 6 OF 10 – DEVELOPING YOUR EYE – LANDSCAPES :

brown mountains
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Day Six: “Landscape” — Crop Your Image

Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can also capture a sweeping panorama of a city.

Today, take a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Today’s Tip: You may have trained your eye to crop your photo while viewing it “in camera.” But if not, crop your landscape photo once it’s uploaded onto your computer, using a free image editor like PicMonkey or Pixlr.

We hope you’re having fun scouting and taking your landscape photos! If you’re looking for inspiration, take a peek at the landscapes of nature photographer Kerry Mark Leibowitz. Her shots of national parks in North America are stunning.

Ready to crop your photo? Sift through your images from today’s shoot and find a candidate that needs cropping. Or, if you come up empty, look back to previous shots from the course or pick an image from your Media Library.

Things to look for:

  • Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
  • People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.
  • A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
  • A composition that is too-centered (with your subject in the middle), that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the Rule of Thirds).
Cropping the right side of today's landscape image in PicMonkey.
Cropping the right side of today’s landscape image in PicMonkey.

There are many tools available for free on your computer or even on your phone. If you have something in the photo that you really don’t want, use these tools to crop off what you don’t want. It will make a better photograph.

Your city might make a beautiful landscape picture. Look for the best angle to get the best part of your city.

All this week, the series continues: Developing your eye. Read these articles carefully to learn what you need to “see” better photos.

Many times professional photographers prefer to use Wide Angle lenses (click on that link to see what is available for your camera) to get the best landscape photos.

IMPORTANT TIP : WATCH YOUR HORIZON LINE !

Watching your horizon line is very important to creating a more stunning photo.

The horizon line is where the sky meets the ground. Or as the dictionary says it: the line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet.

The big question you should ask, and see if it works for you is: Does the rule of thirds apply to the horizon? And if so, how?

The Rule of Thirds is the process of dividing an image into thirds, using two horizontal and two vertical lines. This imaginary grid yields nine parts with four intersection points. When you position the most important elements of your image at these intersection points, you produce a much more natural image.

So, what would happen if you put the horizon on the line of the grid? You are right, you would get a more pleasing photo. Here’s some examples:

Now with this, you can make your choice you want to do with the placement of the horizon, but, don’t put the horizon right in the middle. There is something telling in either the top half or the bottom half of photos. Use it.

Adam Williams explained it this way:

In the first example, we have roughly two-thirds foreground to one-third sky. This composition tends to accentuate depth in our photos, as the viewer can take the journey from the close details in the foreground all the way back to the main subject, Uluru.

Notice the sense of depth when compared to the other versions. Almost inviting us to walk into the frame.

In the second example, the ratios are reversed: we now have roughly two-thirds sky to one-third foreground. With more sky, this composition tends to communicate a sense of open space, while still allowing our viewer to journey from front to back.

Finally, if we go for a contemporary composition with mostly sky and almost no foreground, this composition really emphasises the wide open spaces of the Australian outback.

Conclusion:

To use the placement of your horizon, make sure the horizon line is in one of the “rule of thirds” line. Can you break the rules? Of course, but, beware it might only be you that likes it, so, pick which one is the best.

Here are just a couple of more horizon photos using the rule of thirds:

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Winning Wallpaper photos:

Wallpaper photos! Those are those amazing photos people put on their phones as the background photo. They are inspiring, and usually amazing photos to be picked for Cellphone owners backgrounds. Let us take a look at these winning photos:

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