Beach Photography. How To Deal With Exposure

Shooting photos on a beach during a summer and midday can be quite challenging and tricky. The basic problem is exposure. Beaches during summer are the brighter landscapes, not only due to the big bright sun but also due to the white sand, which reflects the sun rays and wash all them in the light

The problem with the auto mode of the cameras is that they “read” all this light and underexpose our photos. If you have a manual mode, you can change the levels of exposure and discover, which level meets your desirable standards.

The next tip and trick is told to me by my father. In his youth, he was also experimenting with photography. Of course, back then all were completely manual, but they had the charm and the sweet difficulty of the irreversible fault. When we were on a trip in the beautiful lake Kerkini and I was photographing lakescapes, he advised me to stay under tree’s shadows and shoot from there the sunny lake. The result was very cool, as my camera was metering the light of the shade and wasn’t confused by the brightness of the midday. You can try the same thing in the beach. You can stay under the shade of your umbrella and take photos from there. This works great in the beach sunshine, because brightness doesn’t confuse your camera. 

I photographed these photos in the beautiful beach of Kariani in northern Greece the previous weekend. As I’m visiting this place every summer since I was a little girl, I’m happy to see it becoming more beautiful year after year. The waters are amazingly crystal blue and the sand is so clean due to the efforts of the people that work in the beach bars of this area. As for the scenery, it is stunningly beautiful and tropical. All the photos, except the last one, were taken under the shade of our umbrella. Wish you all a wonderful Wednesday… xo xo!!!



Photos & Notes. Looking for Details

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’

I always take my camera with me and I always think how the scene I see, would look framed. It’s a game that I play with my mind in order to find what I really like to capture and create. But, sometimes the scene is not quite what I’m looking for, or I just don’t see anything interesting, or new; nothing dramatic, or very beautiful to worth to be captured. 
When this happens, I have a ‘secret’ way out to my creativity again. It is something that most of the time succeeds; I look closer the small details. I adjust my zoom on my camera and start photo-shooting close-ups. What looks like usual and common from a distance, may look so interesting and amazing when we see it closer. Like Immanuel Kant wrote once: “Look closely. The beautiful may be small“. And, he was so truly right.

Moreover, it’s amazing how many things one can learn from the details; new things that were neglected; useful natural findings that when we see them from far they tell us nothing. 

In one of my photographic walks in nature after a rainy morning, I came across a beautiful wild rose shrub, which had these beautiful red hips on it. They were shining, washed by the rain, and small water drops were hanging on them like jewels. They looked awesome.

At the same night, as I was talking with my friends and inhabitants of this gifted region and showing the natural findings I photographed during the day, I learned that from the wild rose (or, otherwise dog-rose, or dog-berry) hips, one can make so many delicious and nutritious things, like marmalade, tea, even a kind of liquer. Wild-rose fruits have a large concentration of vitamin C and there are many studies about their beneficial effects on human body. Who could ever imagine it? These red hips that grow almost everywhere in our land, could hide so many precious secrets? Surely, not me! My urban growth left many gaps in my knowledge about nature.

That’s why I always try to see not only the forest, but also the tree and stand as close as I can. Because sometimes the tree may reveal more treasures than the forest in which it exists; just like human beings and the place we live. Everyone is carrying a small treasure that when is seen in the whole, united with others, makes a land unique. 

All the photos and text are my original copyrighted work © All Rights Reserved by Ioanna Papanikolaou. 

Photos And Notes. The short story that worths stay and watch

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’

Photography and writing… In every tutorial, article, or book, story telling is one of the strong elements of a successful photograph. Is that because an interesting and beautiful image can become great, only when it satisfies our curiosity and confirms our expectations with an interesting plot, or the quote ‘one image equals a thousand words’ is only about photos that truly have a thousand words to say?
Every work of fine art has a background of choices and decisions, events and incidents that occur before, or during its creation; thus, everyone is willing to pour light in this hidden process and learn more about the result. This is one of the ways that helps us to understand and interpet what we see. 

For photography things are more complicated to be defined due to its “instant” nature. Although preparations, scheduling and post processing may last longer, in most of the times the creation is completed in one second with a click. And, all the interest is not only about what happened in the scene before, during, or after the photograph, but also what was chosen to be shown, or to be neglected inside the frame. 

Yesterday, I found this interesting book, The Short Story and Photography, 1880’s-1980’s: A Critical Anthology, Jane Marjorie Rabb that has stories about photography from important writers like Ionesko, Konan Doyle, Cortazar and others. And, I believe that gives many food for thought about photography and its impact as a visual medium of narration.

Many writers compare photography to the short story as the extraction of a few simple truths ‘worth the trouble to stay and watch’, as Cortazar puts it. Like taking photographs, writing requires the ‘duty to be attentive … waiting for everything to happen,’ shaping actions within a clear frame. Taking photographs is an ‘activity in which one should start becoming an adept very early…, teach it to children since it requires discipline, aesthetic education, a good eye … I’m not talking about waylaying the lie like any old reporter,’ observes Cortazar’s photographer, who feels compelled to give words to what led him to make his pictures. ‘I have write. One of us all has to write if this is going to get told.” (The Short Story and Photography, 1880’s-1980’s: A Critical Anthology, Jane Marjorie Rabb, University of New Mexico Press, 1998).
As Jane Rabb observes in her introduction of the book, photography has a capacity for both documentary reality and moral and psychological ambiguity. Moreover, this is an inevitable question to be answered; why this story and this unrepeatable scene was chosen to be captured eternally, before it is gone forever in the unseen and unknown archives of the past. Or, photograph just plays with its magic stick, adjusting the light and trapping the ephemeral and the common…

Photograph FOUNTAIN by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px
FOUNTAIN by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px

I don’t know about the others, but in my case these “short stories” are usually captured by my camera instinctively and sometimes I see in my pictures things I didn’t notice before and I wonder “How is this possible?” It’s so obvious that most of the times we see what we want to see and we find what we search for. And, once again photography becomes the window not only to the outside world, but also to our inner self. 

All the photos and text are my original copyrighted work © All Rights Reserved by Ioanna Papanikolaou.