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Straight Outta Composition

90% of the time I'm talking about how important lighting is to photography. Today I'd like to spotlight something that's necessary in every well lit (and even some not so well lit) photographs: composition. 

Composition gives the photographer the ability to guide the viewer through their work. Composition also allows for infinite possibilities for any one subject. For example, nobody else in the world sees things exactly the same way you do (so take the picture!).

Sometimes it's as simple as shifting the camera up to cut off the parking lot below the lights. 

Or it can be a collection of existing objects that create interesting and/or abstract shapes.

Sometimes it's mathematical, like dividing the image into even parts (halves, thirds, quarters, etc). 

Yet another example is the coming together of many elements, like bright street lights, moving clouds and cast shadows.

There are endless ways to compose amazing photographs, so stop reading and go shoot. 

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Wolfram

Wolfram, or Tungsten as it's better known, is number 74 on your periodic table and arguably the most divine element ever discovered. Although Tungsten has many uses, it's its involvement in incandescent light bulbs that gives it the power to create different worlds. The below images capture Tungsten lights, coupled with some fog, adding levels of fantastically unnatural warm tones to otherwise normal scenes.

-N

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Shots in the Dark

The other night while hunting werewolves I managed to snap a few street scenes. Although the pursuit proved uneventful, I was satisfied with the images. I strongly recommend everyone else get out there to shoot and capitalize on the warm nights before the cold gets here. Please let me know where I can see your work. --N

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Good Night

Ordinary scenes become much more dynamic at night. It's a combination of many elements, including varying color temperatures and dramatic shadows.

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Late Night with CMD

There are many things to do in Ann Arbor after midnight. One involves a camera and a rock star.

Chris is going to school for hospital administration. Not only is he a good friend of mine, but also a perfect subject for my photo narrative style. He came prepared with a willing attitude and an active imagination. Below are a few from a session that included, but was not limited to: a tripod, timed exposures, flash, ambient tungsten, motion, and more! This was the first of many shoots with Chris.

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Shoot the Moon

The moon was quite bright and nearly full once again, making it perfect to capture on it's own or as part of a larger picture.

We can't wait to see what's in store tonight for the partial eclipse of the Strawberry moon. See you tonight.

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Foggy Times

"If you haven't any experience in photography, as far as I'm concerned, what is important is that it happens out of your own experiences. And, unless you're some kind of a bloody genius, you know, you wouldn't be here [as a student]. You know what I mean (laughter). So it just takes a lot of living before you have something to do with your photographs, other than photographing water with petals and things like that. There's a great deal to be said for getting older (laughter). So don't worry about anything, just let everything happen to you; I mean, all the good and bad things. But use everything that happens to you—every single thing, even if you don't know today what you're going to do with it. It may come out five years from now. So nothing is lost, and just be very patient, but let everything happen to you." -Duane Michals

(The above transcript is from a tape recording made by Professor Arnold Gassan of Ohio University at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in October, 1969. The dialogue took place between Professor Gassan, his students and the photographer Duane Michals.)

Below are my latest photos.

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Take a picture, it lasts longer.

Two nights ago it was incredibly hazy outside. I noticed, as I'm sure everyone else did, just how amazing the night lights looked.The mixture of different color temperatures combined with the reflective moisture in the air gave way to some incredible scenes. -N-

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