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Twilight II by Thomas-Koidhis Twilight II by Thomas-Koidhis
During another trip to Grosbeak Lake, Alberta, after the sun had gone down most of the clouds dissolved and left behind this bare sky. I think we nature photographers and appreciators really love our atmosphere and all of its many forms but I think we can agree that there are times when a lack of atmosphere is still quite beautiful. This photo isn't the best example of that but I really did love the forms of cracked mud here.

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vanguard1992 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I really appreciate this picture, it makes me want to pack my things up and travel travel travel :)
I also have a question, if you can reply and it isn't a professional secret: how do you get those fabulous colours, that definition of details? I'm a beginner, even don't know where to start from...

P.S.: this picture reminds me of Terje Sorgjerd's landscapes
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I know just what you mean. :) Not knowing where to start...It is important to start, for one! The colors, definition, detail - those are really attributes of image quality in my mind, and image accuracy. When I started photography I went through sort of an "hdr-phase" and as my technique and photographic experience "matured" I guess you could say, I aimed to get the colors as accurate and natural as possible next to the visual experience while there. Even though it is a big learning process, once you learn that, in terms of image quality at least, there are only a few main targets you have to hit - relatively "correct" brightness in the image; proper color or white balance; and accurate focus and sharpness - you'll find putting them all together to get a satisfying finished result (often with the use of post processing to tweak colors or brightness) gets quickly easier with practice.

For the battle of brightness, simply find a simple book on photography, either a beginners one or an introduction to the variables of manual exposure, where you'll learn to manipulate sensor sensitivity, wideness of your lens opening, and your shutter speed and how they relate to each other.

The color battle is perhaps a little more abstract, and some reading on color theory and white balance (can be done completely with online Google searches) should set you in the right direction.

As for detail and sharpness, it will help to learn the first two first. This is because your shutter speed and the width of your lens opening (known generally as aperture) have an effect on your depth of field (how wide the range of sharpness is for a particular lens at a particular setting) and sharpness. Eventually you will want to learn about a term called "Hyperfocal distance" if you are interested in getting the sharpest landscapes you can if you want to do this sort of photography. Aside from those things, your most important tool will be a tripod - the sturdier the better.

From there it is a mostly personal learning journey, I find. I hope some part of that helped! Also, there are few "professional" secrets, and I am sure not a professional, at least in terms of revenue =P however, I don't believe in trade secrets much anymore...I never feel as if I am competing with a rat race of photographers - I'm pretty much an open book when it comes to giving whatever photo advice I can!

Thomas
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vanguard1992 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!!! You gave me a lot of useful advice, really :)
I think I will start to read and read and practice as soon as possible, and also ask my father who's really good at taking photos :) by the way, your reply has really helped me!!
Along with my practice, I'll let you know if things get better, and also will ask for your opinion, if you want :P Thanks!!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
For sure :) Ask any time. I will try to get back to you in a timely way.
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Photographer
Great exposure man, And awesome location. Well done!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thanks brother! Glad you think so. :D
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jambe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
All these photos are fabulous. I like this one especially — lots of different textures going on.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I'm glad you're enjoying them, man...thanks!!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Splendid and not everything beautiful is so colorful..
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
:) Thank you
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greglief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Writer
Love the texture of the ground in the foreground.
Great Job!!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Happy that you like! Thanks!
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Writer
Yeah. It's a fantastic piece of art!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Thanks friend...Much appreciated! I think I will start ordering some canvases =P
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Writer
Aww. That would be sweet!!!
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chris0123 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That's wonderful... Did you add the vignette? or it was already present in your capture?
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
The filters and that I attached an apsc lens to a FF camera went toward creating the vignette :)
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Traumdeuter Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Very beautiful. I live in the wrong part of the world... :(
These colours are amazing!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
:) I am sure there are wonders somewhere close to you that match this!
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BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great shot! Although I'm curious as to what this would look like had you gotten a lower perspective, really accentuating the cracks.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I've been coming back to this image repeatedly since I uploaded it thinking the same thing haha...Something I will think about in future images :)
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murderousunicorn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
is this in oregon?
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Nope, far northern Alberta, Canada :)
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murderousunicorn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh... it looks like it could have been oregon!
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murderousunicorn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omz thats cool
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Drakmanka Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... this is so surreal...
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Awesome :D
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sweet cracks. I've never had the chance to photograph something like that yet.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Thanks brother. Need to find some plains or valleys for yourself! I was lucky we have salt flats and dried lakes around here.
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IvanAndreevich Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
I know some salt lakes nearby, but they don't crack up like that sadly.

Have to get out to the desert :D
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Dang...well make a trip!
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Meema Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent shot. :)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Much appreciated Kyle :) I meant to ask you if you are interested in writing an article about your crazy trip to the Arctic this past summer! A friend of mine Nick Zantop ([link]) started a travel and adventure media site that welcomes article and photo submissions from adventurers and photographers from everywhere. You can read about it here: [link] [link] I thought your journey on bike sounded pretty intense and Nick is always up for new content, if you are in to writing about the little details of your adventure :) Hope to see you do a piece! Cheers man.
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh, cracked mud, a personal fav of mine. Thank you for sharing this! :blowkiss:

Btw: cleverly proportioned color renderings (sky reflected on ground).
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
My pleasure Kat! :heart: And thanks...I can't remember if it was intentional or not. I have bad memory sometimes haha
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Let's just claim it WAS intentional. :shifty: Much cooler than accidental. ;)
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the-shining Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This capture is marvellous. I really like it. :thumbsup:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Thanks!
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude! You have to get back here and bring back more shots of this place! I have a bunch of photos on my hard drive with cracks like this, just waiting to be stitched into a pano :)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Stich it up! Most of these recent photos of mine are ones that just sat around for a while :) I definitely plan to go back there, maybe this coming week before the snow gets too deep :D. Then I'll need snowshoes. Which I'm thinking about anyways because I want to get a lot of winter scapes this season.
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slickwilly182 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am still going through so many New Zealand shots! Haha.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
wonderful. You would love my dear friend Jim Randklev's work.
www.jamesrandklev.com
Check him out, he's a kind and wonderful man. Probably one of the top nature shooters in America. Known him for 25 years or so.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Oh wow I love his work already. Makes me want to travel so bad! Can't wait till that situation improves :D
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
He's a terrific guy. You'd really like him.
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