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More viewers' pictures #19

From Peru, England, USA, South Africa and Malaysia.


Photographer Enrique Gonzalez took this colorful photograph in a Preuvian market.
Photographer Enrique Gonzalez took this colorful photograph in a Preuvian market.

Photographer Enrique Gonzalez Lohmann writes, "Here is the pic I have just uploaded as a 'Street Vendor.' The pic was taken in Huamanga´s local market, a city in Ayacucho (alt. 3,200m), Peru"

Title of Work: Street Vendor

As for photography tips that he followed in composing this picture, Enrique wrote that he had observed several, including Rule of Thirds, contrasting colors, framing and filling the frame, balanced volumes, focal point and minimalism.

There are elements in this composition that are unexplained. A couple of fruits in the center appear to be blurred, as if they were in motion, perhaps falling. Were they being dropped onto the pile? Or were they somehow moving upwards? What is the ladder-like object sticking out of the pile of fruit? Are the dominant foreground objects a woman's skirt, apron and sweater? They appear to be. This picture's attraction is in its colors, but the story it tells is unclear and incomplete.


Peter Fletcher is the photographer responsible for this attractively composed picture which he entitled "River Derwent."

"It was taken on a crisp morning at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England," he says, "This place is a very popular site for picnics, walking, and scenery. The river flows from the famous Derwent Dam where the dambusters did their training many years ago."

"I am medically retired and decided to take up photography as a hobby and I have got very interested in it," says Peter. He took a landscape course as a beginner which he says he found "well rewarding." Peter likes to send copies to friends and family, always asking for their opinions. "I made some photo errors before I attended the course," he says.

"I have also done a couple of weddings for friends," he says, "which they have been very happy with. Family photos have also been on my list. I love to take photos of anything of interest to me."

He used a Nikon D5000 for this picture. "I used to use a Nikon D80," he says, "but decided to upgrade, but I still use the Nikon D80."

"I shoot in aperture priority mode," he says. "I have an 18-200mm lens, which I find is an all rounder used for just about anything," he says. "I always use a tripod when I shoot landscapes as you can get a very steady shot," he says.

Photographer Peter Fletcher created this delightful composition of the River Derwent. Everything from foreground to background is in focus, indicating a small aperture setting for great depth of field.
Photographer Peter Fletcher created this delightful composition of the River Derwent. Everything from foreground to background is in focus, indicating a small aperture setting for great depth of field.

Photographer Morgan Smith used the right aperture setting to throw the background slightly out of focus, drawing the viewers' attention to the frosty plants in the foreground.
Photographer Morgan Smith used the right aperture setting to throw the background slightly out of focus, drawing the viewers' attention to the frosty plants in the foreground.

Morgan Smith provided this tip when he submitted his image on the left, which he entitled Fall Frost:

"When you're trying to take a picture of something such as frost, you want it emphasized completely. To do so, you need your background out of focus. Also, the sun behind your object, but not in your picture."

Morgan says he loves taking close-ups and macro pictures of insects, plants and animals' eyes. He says "Scenery, lots of animals and occasional people are my preferences, but I'd like to start taking more 'different' things, subjects that I'm not used to."

He took this photograph with an e-420 Olympus DSLR, and provided the following information for his picture: 1/200 sec. at f/5.2; ISO: 200; 110 mm lens setting; white balance adjustment -2.


South African hobby photographer Charles Dick provided this description for his well-framed, beautifully-lit photograph:

"The photograph is of a Goliath Heron taken from a bird hide near the Skukuza Camp while on holiday in the Kruger National Park. It was taken just before 18h00. A bit earlier, I saw the sunlight slowly moving across the background and realized that this could make a great shot. I moved my position to get the Heron framed by the grass in the foreground. As we know, good fortune and patience are the keys to capturing the 'moment' in the wild. Fortunately the heron played along and stayed in the area until the lighting was perfect."

His camera? A Pentax 70X, about which he said, "I bought the Pentax 70X as I felt it was a lightweight but effective choice for home and holiday type photography, providing me with a wide range of digital features including the 125mm lens' zoom capability. I must say that I have been delighted in its capabilities and the pictures it has provided me."

Charles, who lives in Johannesburg, went on to say: "Over the past 15 years, photography has just been a hobby that I take up when I go on leave. Years ago I used a Konica and had great fun with the manual settings and effects. I have grown to love photographing scenery and wild animals with a view of capturing those 'memorable moments'.”

"Since I bought the 70X," he said, "I have become serious in my photographic endeavors. I am looking at upgrading my equipment, developing a website and registering a small business with the view of moving into event photography as well. I look forward to building my hobby to a point that generates some income."

Photographer Charles Dick took this picture in the Kruger National Park in South Africa with a small Pentax 70X.
Photographer Charles Dick took this picture in the Kruger National Park in South Africa with a small Pentax 70X.

Hashim entitles this photograph
Hashim entitles this photograph "Rule of symmetry."

"In this world, we are surrounded by symmetry and patterns whether natural or man-made," says photographer Hashim bin Ab. Rahman. "This can be used for very eye-catching compositions, particularly in situations where they are not expected."

"Another way to use them," he says, "is to break the symmetry or pattern by introducing tension and a focal point to the scene."

Hashim took this photograph of the Seri Gemilang Bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia, using an Olympus u790SW camera.

"Putrajaya is a planned city, located south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia," says Hashim. "The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur."

Hashim says he likes to photograph scenery, people, events and fireworks.


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