Category Archives: Landscape

Betty Rose’s Garden

Betty Rose’s Garden, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

Claude Monet spent a lot of time and effort on his garden and frequently used it in his paintings. A densely packed garden will keep a painter or photographer busy for quite some time.

Click through the image to see additional images shot the same day.


World of Clouds

World of Clouds, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

Just about all of my life I’ve had an affinity for clouds. I have attempted to explain it to a few people with limited (or so I feel) success. There is something about the depths of them; a kind of huge texture and the variations of the light within them. I dream of shooting the essential cloud image.

I have been practicing with Adobe Lightroom for making monochrome digital images. I’ve always likes the nearly black sky look of the heavy red filter. When I used film, the red filter was the one most commonly on my lens.

Filtered Sunlight, Tilden Regional Park

It’s images like this make me re-examine my willingness to stop using film. I’m sure I could have gotten the same look out of digital; or, at least, an equally satisfying one. I think the value of shooting film is an awareness of some limitations such as having fewer frames to work with. I expect that the slower pace yields better results.

Shot on Kodak Tri-X 120 (6×6) film with Mamiya C220.

Mount Diablo

Mount Diablo, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.

“Poo Kow kong Ma”, my mother’s mountain. Mount Diablo is modest, as mountains go, but visible from most of California. No other peak in the state sees as much territory. Some one has suggested that the only peak on Earth to see a greater expanse is Kilimanjaro, in Africa.

I shot four frames, playing with the zone of focus and depth of field. I like this best because of the sharpness and exposure on the gate with good exposure on the mountain. Shooting this, I intended to place the mountain out of focus. A wee bit more blur would have more to my intent.

Shot on Kodak Tri-X film, 120 format in a Mamiya C220

Rain Approaching, Grand Canyon

I posted a trio of photos on Flickr with this title. This one hasn’t been viewed, as of this writing, which may be why I bring it up.

Photography is how I explore light. It is as simple as that. What light does when it strikes a surface; how light is broken and scattered onto surfaces; and the emotions that light can elicit are the stuff of my fascination.

The way the lone peak is lit, while all else is shadowed plays one of my favorite themes; it’s the kind of thing I hope for whenever I carry a camera.

My notes on this day’s work are missing: I think this is Brahma Temple.

Rainwater Pocket, Grand Canyon

I am intrigued by the juxtaposition of objects near and far. I want to show, as much as possible, the distance between the two. Using a narrow depth-of-field can do this quite well, but I want the background to be recognized.

I invite your comments – especially when you think I did not make as successful a photo as I could have.