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Landscape or Abstract

Sunrise over Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Landscape or Abstract.

Landscape or Abstract

Traveling in Acadia National Park provides for many different views of sunrise and sunset.  Composition and formatting of the image can create realistic landscape or abstract images.  Using the rule of thirds as a guide, you can compose any image to suit your needs.  When creating Fine Art photographs, the sky is limit on your choices for composition, cropping, and texture.  In Stephen Covey’s book series called the 7 habits of Highly Effective People, his first thought is to begin with the end in mind.  As a photographer, I constantly think about what my end result is going to be and then capture the image to fill that vision.  Whether it is going to print or on the web makes a difference in composition, cropping, or texture.

The Final Product

Giving some thought to what I stated in the previous section, I started doing my own printing in my home office quite some time ago.  It gives me full creative control over my final products.  I manage my process from the moment I trip the shutter, all the way to the end user.  Since I use different types of photographic paper, my images look differently on a shiny metallic surface then they do on a textured matte surface.  You might think that this is a lot of thinking to do when all you want to do is trip the shutter.  However, as a professional, I like to keep things into perspective as to what it is I want to do with the finished product.  Any and all of my images are available to purchase right here from my web site.  If you are interested in acquiring an image, contact me and we can discuss  what would be the appropriate paper to use and where you might display these images in your home or office.  Enjoy!

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Patrick Kriner)Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park!  I am traveling throughout Acadia National Park located in the State of Maine.  We tried to track the fall colors but arrived to find only a slight change in the fall colors.  Its often a challenge when scheduling your travel to fool Mother Nature.  Even though fall has yet to arrive along the east coast of Maine, we found many photo opportunities around the area.  The above image is from a morning sunrise over Cadillac Mountain.  We arrived early in the morning to find a few travelers had beat us to the ridge.  However, after the sunrise we turned and found that we had been joined by hundreds of people seeking out the morning entertainment.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park provides many photographic experiences.  Mountains and shorelines are the attractions and we have many to choose from.  The ocean path travels along the coast from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs.  from sandy beaches to rock filled terrain and rising Cliffs, the ocean pathway is something to see.


Another Gem

 (Patrick Kriner)In the past I have made a few posts about hidden gems.  These are images that I have captured over the years and, for one reason or another, never finished or posted them.  Here is an image capture from a trip to Mammoth Lakes, California many years ago.  I captured five images and then planned on merging them in the computer with a program designed for multiple images know as HDR or High Dynamic Range photographs.  Using this method we can extend the limits of our cameras to capture more detail in the highlight or white end of the color spectrum and also see more detail in shadow areas.  I have been working with a new program called Aurora HDR by Macphun Software.  The web site for this product can be found right here.  The previous program that I was using did not do justice to the image I was trying to capture, so it layed untouched in my files for years.  So on quiet rainy days here in Northwest Ohio, I spend some time searching and experimenting with older files to see how many new images are hidden among my many thousands of images.  While I continue the search, let me know what you think about this image or any other image on my website.  I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.  I look forward to your comments, Enjoy!

Vertical or Horizontal.

 (Patrick Kriner)

Vertical or Horizontal.  Back in my days of teaching photography at the University, many of my students asked questions about format.  Should it be a vertical image or a horizontal image?  Clearly, the answer rests with the image itself.  Which format best suits the image and the story that you are trying to tell with your photography.  Some images are quite clear while others can be a bit confusing.  So when do you use a vertical format?  Right after you shoot a horizontal one.  In today’s world of digital photography, the cost of repeated shutter clicks is practically nothing if not zero.  So shoot away and then take a look at the image on your computer screen.  Compare the vertical image to the horizontal image and then select the one that makes more sense.  Or, in some cases, post both to your portfolio.  Here is an example.  The above image was captured while on my recent trip to the Palouse region on the Eastern border between Washington state and Idaho.  The blue skies with clouds in the background along with the rolling hills of the Palouse make this a very nice photograph.

 (Patrick Kriner)This next image is the same barn only using a vertical format.  A bit different, but a quality image just the same.This image allows me to bring the flowers into the lower portion of the image creating a more interesting foreground to the photograph.  I can still see the sky and rolling hills in the background.  In this case, I like both vertical and horizontal images.  Every picture making opportunity is not as clear cut as this one.  So practice and experience in the field will help you create better and better images as you develop your own vision for your photographic endeavors.  Enjoy!



 (Patrick Kriner)

Palouse!  I have recently returned from a trip to Washington State where a small group of photographers travelled throughout the Palouse region along the Palouse Scenic Byway.  Our focus was capturing images of landscapes and other features surrounding the farm country here in the North West.  Although we had to deal with a few weather related issues, the overall trip was great and many images were captured.  The above image shows a nice looking barn nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse.  As you can see, we were dealing with some rain this day and although it kept us from shooting in the morning, the overcast skies allowed for some early afternoon photography which enhanced the landscape.  This image was captured with my Nikon D810 and Nikon’s 24-70 wide angle zoom lens.  I always use a tripod for stability in these cases and my trusty Gitzo tripod and my Ball Head from Really Right Stuff provided me with the support I needed to capture this photograph.  Many of the photographers I meet along the way are gear heads and try to one up everyone with the equipment they use.  I like to think that the equipment we use are only the tools of our craft and it is our vision and expertise in the fields that creates a long lasting memory of a special moment in time.  So I bristle a little when someone sees an image of mine and says to me, “Boy, you must have a really nice camera.”  Watch for more of these images in the next few weeks and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Enjoy!

Palouse Finally!

 (Patrick Kriner)

Palouse Finally!  Early in the afternoon here in the Palouse region located on the East edge of Washington State, the skies opened up and the light began to dance across the rolling hills here in farm country.  On our way up to Steptoe Butte, we stopped on a little pull out for our cars and found this piece of landscape just waiting for us to have a look.  It was clear from the foot prints that we were not the only photographers to find this location.  We spent a few minutes capturing a few images.  This Photograph shows you some of the contours and shadows that have attracted photographers here to the Palouse.  In the background you can see the many wind turbines that are scattered across the hillside.  A distraction, or a part of the story that needs to be told about life here in this farming community in the great state of Washington.  More to come.  Remember, you can share this photo on Facebook, pin it on Pinterest, give it a +1 on Google and share it on Twitter.  Enjoy!

Vintage Chevy

 (Patrick Kriner)

Vintage Chevy!  I am in the Palouse region of Washington State with the focus on landscapes.  Rolling hills, farms, barns, and various other photographic pursuits.  This morning we got up at 0 Dark 30 to capture the sunrise over Steptoe Butte.  What we found was an overcast sky and an occasional peak at the morning sun.  Such is the life of a nature and wildlife photographer.  When Mother  nature decides to give you lemons, you need to find a way to make lemonade.  So we drove along the countryside hoping for a better opportunity to get out the gear.   We came upon this vintage Chevy sitting alongside of the road and thought we would give it a quick look.  The sun peeked out a few times and allow for a little shooting time.

Back in the hotel and hoping for better weather, I took the time to create a little High Dynamic Range magic and processed this image with a little help from MacPhun’s Aurora HDR software.  If you are interested, the truck had a for sale sign stating $900 or best offer.  We decided to pass.  Watch for more hopeful posts here from the Palouse region where I will be until this Sunday.  Enjoy!

Niagara Falls!


Niagara Falls!  Another hidden gem among my thousands of images captured throughout the world.  My wife and I were visiting the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side and I captured this image as we were contemplating a boat ride.  There are two companies that load you, dress you in rain gear, and take out to the falls.  after a few boats made the trip, we decided that it wasn’t for us.  The view from our side of the falls was pretty dynamic.  I composed this image placing the boat on the bottom third of the photograph and included the falls in the upper left corner to show the dynamics of the shot.  The rough water of the river shows how challenging it was for these boat captains to get their clients in place.  The mist hides the majority of the falls and yet adds to the image in a way that sparks mystery and the unknown.

As a photographer I strive to compose my images to tell a story.  One that I have to tell my viewers even though I am not there when they see them.  This Blog allows me to tell you about the experience and the lighting around a certain image.  This isn’t always the case.  I hope that when you view this image you can feel the force of the water moving over the top of the falls, feel the mist as you watch this adventure, and get a sense of awe from those on the boat as they anticipate there move closer to the water.  I wish I could share with you my thoughts about the boat in the mist, but I opted to stay on the sidelines and tell my own story by a different kind of adventure.  Enjoy!

Island Sunset


Island Sunset.  I often find time to scan through many of the 4 Terabytes of Images I have captured over the years looking for what I call hidden gems.  We are preparing for our annual trip to the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean in a few weeks and I was looking at some of the images from my last visit.  I saw this one and immediately wondered why it took me almost 11 months to finish and post it.  This was a simple snapshot off the back of our patio during the third week of the month of January.  Our resort faces the west and every night about 5 an amazing sunset occurs right outside of our Condo.  If the cloud cover isn’t too bad, we get to see some amazing sunsets.  I had my micro four thirds camera with me on this trip as I was trying to travel light.  The Olympus OM D EM 5 gives me as much versatility as my large frame Digital Nikons.  In carry a small tripod with me and a few lenses and accessories.  Its small size is great for travel and takes up very little room in our travel baggage.  I used a very slow shutter speed (30 sec) to smooth out the water and the colors of the blue water and the orange in the sky compliment each other quite well.  Adding the rocks in the foreground gives me an anchor where your eye starts and then moves into the scene to view the sunset.  Its magical when all things come together to make a great composition with perfect lighting and a cold Carib just nearby on the back patio.  Enjoy!

Clean Up Time!

 (Patrick Kriner)

Its Clean Up Time!  I have taken some time in recent weeks to update my web site including new galleries, updated image files, as well as cover photos for my social media.  A quick review will show you three additional featured galleries on the home page, a new November Featured Gallery, as well as many new images posted in several galleries.  I enjoyed going back through some images from years ago and refinishing them in post processing in Photoshop to renovate my galleries using updated Photoshop skills that I have developed recently.  Some of my die hard visionary photography friends argue that the new digital technology is bad for the medium and stick to the tried and true processing methodology of the past.  I have always argued that the advent of digital photography and the many programs, plug ins, and digital enhancements that the computer gives us allows us to enhance our vision and expand the creative juices.  High Dynamic Range photography, image enhancement Plug in programs, and graphic cards that assist us opens the door for many new and exciting techniques as photographers or just visual artists in general.  Take a moment and give me a look.  Pay attention to the November Featured Gallery, Bears Gallery, and Snowy Owls.  All have been update and enhanced for your viewing pleasure.

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