Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer: Blog en-us (C) Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer (Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer) Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:51:00 GMT Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:51:00 GMT Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer: Blog 80 120 Photo Shoot - Lake Winnipesaukee in NH Analysis of a sunrise photo shoot at Lake Winnipesaukee in NH

How you ever wondered how a photographer created a specific photo?  What was the process of identifying the location, the time of day, camera settings, choice of lens, composition etc?  So if you're curious, please join me on an analysis of 4 photos I captured on December 27, 2020. 

Early morning on December 23rd, I was traveling to Tamworth, NH to photograph Mt. Chocorua. My route took me through the town of Meredith, where is noticed a potential future photo opportunity, looking east over Meredith Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee. After checking the weather forecast for clear, or partly cloudy conditions, I decided on December 27th. 

My favorite time of day to photograph landscapes is early morning, just prior to, and after sunrise. I'm drawn to the rapidly changing colors in the morning sky and being a morning person certainly helps. It also allows guarantees me peace and solitude and not having to deal with crowds of people. Since sunrise as at 7:19 am, I planned my trip to arrive at 6:40 am. This gave me plenty of time to stake out my best camera position and decide which zoom lens would compliment the scene. After considering my 3 different zoom lenses, I chose my 18mm-55mm lens, which was the best option for my composition. 

For all you camera enthusiasts, I shoot with a Nikon D5600 in camera RAW. My lenses include: 10-20mm, 18-55mm and 70-300mm. My ISO is usually set at 100 to give me the best resolution and my camera set on Aperture Mode. Depending on the scene, I often choose a small aperture to give me greater detail throughout the scene, and allow the camera to choose the optimum shutter speed. I always shoot with a tripod and a manual shutter release. 

The first image was shot at 6:52 am. Notice the dark clouds, yellow sky and yellow reflection on the ice and water. Data: ISO 100, f25, 10 seconds and 32mm lens.

The image (with the sun cresting the horizon) was shot at 7:43. Notice the lighter, more pastel colors. The placement of the tiny island in the lower left quadrant meets the "Rule of Thirds", as adopted by most professional photographers. Data: ISO 100, f25, 1/50 sec. and 36mm lens. 

The photo of the lighthouse was unplanned. The light you see in the window panes is actually not caused by bulbs, but by the sun rising behind the lighthouse. Notice the tiny island is still visible, but the center of attention has now shifted to the top of the lighthouse. The yellow color also compliments the blue sky. Data: ISO 100, f25, 1/40 sec. and 27mm lens. 

The last photo was also unplanned. When returning to my car I noticed an interesting scene looking southeast through this gate. Notice how the pier leads your eye into the scene. The colors are now pastel yellows, giving an overall feeling of warmth and serenity. Data: ISO 100, f25, 1/40 sec and 48mm lens. 

I hope you enjoyed reading the background on this photo shoot. My next blog will be: "How to create more artistic photos". 

Ron Bowman, NH Photographer.



(Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer) Photo Shoot - Lake Winnipesaukee Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:14:29 GMT
How to create an award winning photograph If I could provide some tips on what it takes to create great photographs, would you be interested?

When it comes to art, you may have heard the saying, "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder". Although not everyone will agree all the time, great photographs, as viewed and accepted by professionals, typically meet certain standards and criteria as I've described below. For the purposes of this blog, I'm going to focus on what professional photographers consider to be acceptable standards and rules that make great photographs. If you were to join a camera club and submit your photos in a photo contest, or submit your work to be juried by an art association, jurors would follow many of the guidelines discussed below. Perhaps you'd like to take out a few of your best and favorite images and critique them using the standards: Image Quality, Point of Focus, Artistic Elements, Uniqueness and Emotion. 

Image Quality (Focus and Exposure): Beginning with this first standard, your photograph must be in focus and properly exposed. If your photo is out of focus, this isn't something you can fix with software, like Photoshop. So what needs to be in focus?  For starters, your main point of interest needs to be in sharp focus. Sometimes, other elements in the foreground or background, can and should be, out of focus. This way the viewer's attention is drawn to the main point of interest. An example of this would include a photograph of people, where the background might distract from the people. Another example would be a close up of a flower, where you would want the background out of focus. Successful images also need to be properly exposed and not over exposed (too light), or under exposed (too dark). Every effort should be made to properly expose the image in the camera using a combination of ISO, white balance, correct metering etc, but in the event your photo was over or under exposed, you can often correct for this using Photoshop or a similar software program. For those of you that are using a Smartphone or basic camera without adjustments, you'll just have to do the best you can with exposure and adjust later in your computer. 

Point of Focus: Most successful photographs have one main point of focus, interest or theme. Competing points of focus often send mixed messages to the viewer, making it difficult to discern the photographer's intent. When taking photographs, concentrate on the the area of greatest importance and move in closer, or zoom in if you have that capability. Framing and cropping your images should be done in the camera where possible. 

Artistic Elements:  Do your best images meet artistic standards for elements like color, form, moment, perspective, view and composition? I'll cover this subject in more detail in a future blog, but here is a summary of these important elements. Some great photographs meet the standard of being artistic with just the use of color (complimentary: opposite on the color wheel), or harmonious (similar in color). Others meet the artistic standard due to the use of form (lines, shapes, patterns or texture), moment (cycle of the day, weather, seasons, or being in the right place at the right time), perspective (representing depth, space and a third dimension), view (use of a wide angle, normal or telephoto lens) and composition (proportion, balance, rhythm, motion and the rule of thirds). While many great images incorporate one or two of these elements, the best photographs exhibit most, if not all of these elements. My plan is to cover Artistic Elements in greater depth in a future blog.

Unique: Again, most great photographs are unique. By this I mean that they capture a certain place and moment in time, which can't easily be duplicated again. For example, photographs of people are unique, because it would be nearly impossible to capture the person's unique expression again. The same could be said for animals. Landscapes can be unique if they incorporate some unusual lighting or weather conditions. 

Emotion: This is the last standard I'd like to touch on. The most revered and successful images of all time have a strong emotional impact on the viewer. They could invoke any of the following feelings of: love, joy, happiness, sadness, anger, fear, excitement, anticipation, memories, wonder, awe, curiosity or a host of other emotions. 

Incorporating the above elements in your photographs will help improve the quality of your work. My recommendation is to read photography books, guides, articles or view other photographer's work on line, in art galleries or join a camera club and seek out a mentor. Like any other profession, constant attention and experimentation will help you improve. I've been involved with photography for the past 50 years, as an amateur and professional photographer. If you enjoy nature/landscape photography, I encourage you to visit my website:  You can also comment on my website, or send me an e-mail via my web contact page. 

(Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer) Nubble Lighthouse Wagon Sunrise Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:29:34 GMT
How to photograph waterfalls How to photograph waterfalls to achieve the effect of flowing water, or the appearance of the"straw effect" in the water: 

First off, you'll need a camera that allows you to adjust the shutter speed. The key to achieving the "straw effect", or flowing water, is to use a shutter speed somewhere between 1/15 second and up to a full second or longer. Assuming you have the right camera, then you'll need to shoot in the manual mode, or the shutter mode, so that you can set the shutter speed to one of these speeds. I would recommend taking a series of images, ie. 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1 sec. etec. Because you'll be shooting at a low shutter speed, you will also need a tripod to eliminate any camera shake. I also use a remote shutter release which will further reduce camera shake (movement). I've found that the best times of the day are early in the morning and on an overcast, or cloudy day. The other setting you'll want to experiment with is the ISO setting. Personally I prefer to shoot at the lowest ISO setting of 100, to achieve the lowest amount of grain, thus allowing you to enlarge your images without loss of detail. Good luck and happy shooting. 

Ron Bowman


(Ron Bowman NH Landscape Photographer) Waterfalls Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:01:10 GMT