Thanks to all the new subscribers to my blog, I’m motivated (by guilt) to add a new post. Since I recently joined a sailing club and am taking sailing courses, it seemed appropriate that I do a blog post on sailing – before I sail off into the sunset.
In honor of Veteran’s Day and of those who fought and died for our country and the freedoms we enjoy in America, I’ve created some panoramic images of the spectacular Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Pt. Loma in San Diego.
My undying gratitude for their great courage and sacrifices .
Those who are old enough may remember that great old song by the band Foreigner called “Double Vision”. Although I’m pretty sure they were singing about doing drugs and not photographs of reflections, it seemed a perfect title for this post about photographing reflections.
Reflections are a visual phenomenon unlike anything else. They capture the world and turn it upside down or backwards. Like a mirage, a reflection is an illusion.
Drifting clouds reflecting of a tranquil sea in Hawaii
Reflections have always enchanted me, and over the years I captured some amazing images of things reflecting off of other things. I even published a calendar once entitled Reflections. Along the way I developed some procedures and tricks to get the best results. More recently, I perfected some digital techniques for creating reflections that weren’t actually there – counterfeit imitations of illusions.
Reflecting surfaces come in many shapes and sizes from mirrors, windows and calm water to metallic surfaces like chrome, tinfoil, toasters, Christmas ornaments, sunglasses, a wet beach or any other shiny thing you can think of.
I’ve learned that the angle of view makes a tremendous difference. It is amazing how a wide angle lens just an inch above the water makes a puddle look like a lake.
Check out my Reflections Gallery on my website, DouglasPage.com, and try to figure out which of the reflections were real and which ones I created. Please post your guesses and comments … and try to be reflective.
I have to admit it. Visually speaking, I’ve been narrow minded. Life is 360 degrees, but even the best super-wide angle lenses only capture about 1/3 of that. So I’ve resolved to expand my horizons, see the big picture and take the long view of the world – literally.
Super high resolution 5x1 panorama of Waikiki, Hawaii evening skyline. For wall mural reproductions up to 50 ft.
So, I’ve developed techniques for photographing dramatic extra-wide panoramic scenes in super high-resolution clarity – capable of reproduction as full wall murals at 50 feet long with astonishing clarity. By photographing the 180 degree scene with a series of hi-res exposures (up to 12) across the width of the panorama and then stitching together (with great care and precision) in Photoshop, I’ve been able to achieve digital image files up to 20x the size of a single image file. The results are amazing, with unbelievable clarity at 50 ft. enlargement as a full wall mural – as shown in the 36″ detail of the 50 ft. mural below.
36 in. sq. detail of Waikiki Skyline panorama at 50 ft. enlargement.
This is part of my new series of original mural art. See the complete collection at my new Wall Murals Galleries and let me know your impressions. More to come, so check back often.
I was on the spectacular Big-Sur coast of California and walked into a tunnel under the highway to a vista point. Immediately the visual metaphor possibilities started flashing through my brain. So I lurked in the shadows in the tunnel, waiting to provide unwary hiker with their very own ‘near-death experience’ as they walked ‘into the light – at the end of the tunnel’.
To follow up on my previous post, Intelligent Designs, I was able to photograph a rare phenomenon that provides forensic evidence to prove the claims of proponents of Intelligent Design. The unaltered photo below should finally put the debate to rest
You don’t have to look to far to find amazing designs in the world around you. Of course for me, living in Hawaii – surrounded by lush tropical foliage and spectacular natural wonders, it is a little easier. But no matter where you are, design is all around you, especially in nature.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the debate over ‘Intelligent Design’ – the proposition that life is too irreducibly complex to have just happened by random natural selection, and therefore was designed by some intelligent entity. In looking at and photographing the designs I find in the natural world around me, I find it virtually impossible to disagree with that proposition.
If you have been living under a rock, there are undoubtedly some amazing designs on or in it. If you haven’t yet noticed them, you’ll just have to look more closely.
Creating a great Photo of the Week is not exactly difficult when you live on a beautiful tropical island, within minutes of sweeping beaches and pounding surf. With good reason, the world famous North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii is the veritable epicenter of the surfing world.
When the surf hits 20 feet or more, the shorebreak wave at Waimea Bay becomes an awe inspiring glimpse of nature’s power. Shortly after sunrise on a clear morning, the rays of the sun slice down Waimea Valley to cast shafts of light on the thundering shorebreak waves.
People are always saying “think big”, as if nothing else matters. While I have big ideas and big dreams, I’m not really one to follow the crowd or do what I’m told. So I thought I’d think small for a change and make my camera do some of the thinking … and let my photos do most of the talking. After all, isn’t it the little things that really matter? Leave me reply below to let me know what you think.
I have finally entered the blogoshpere. Welcome to my new blog. Each week I’ll feature a Photo of the Week — one of my newest photographs that I’ve added to my website Photography Portfolio: www.DouglasPage.com.
As we all know, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so I won’t have to ramble on. My photographs can speak for themselves.
And while every picture tells a story, that story is different for every viewer because of their own individual experiences and the emotions or memories that photo triggers in their mind. There is also the story of how that photo came to be, so I’ll share with you the story behind the creation of the photograph.
I’ve always had a fascination with sunbursts. I’m referring to that magical, beautiful moment when the sun just barely emerges from behind a rock or tree or leaf and ‘bursts’ into rays of light radiating out from the source. This photo captures one of those moments, as the sun bursts through a perfect palm frond on the beach in Hawaii. The rest of the story — the soft trade winds in the palms, the roar of the surf, the smell of plumerias, the warmth of the tropical sun on your skin — is yours to imagine. Bon voyage.