Brian's Photo Blog — Article 87
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Urban Landscapes
Monday 23 April 2012   —   Category: Shooting
When I got up around 6:00 this morning, I glanced out the east-facing bathroom window and saw that there was the potential for a great sunrise. So I decided it was time to go for my daily neighborhood right away, with my Canon S100 pocket camera in hand.

Just as I had suspected, the artistically-arranged clouds hanging in the eastern sky went through various stages of coloration during my half-hour walk. At the beginning of my promenade, the dark clouds had a strong salmon-colored tint, as you can see in the first photo. By the time I was about halfway through, the clouds had assumed a vivid golden glow, as you can see in the second photo. After that, things quickly went downhill (the quality of the sunrise, not the path of my walk!).

As you can clearly see, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to some remote location in order to get gorgeous nature photos — just keep your eyes open in your own neighborhood, and make the most of each opportunity. And you don’t necessarily have to use an expensive SLR camera system — my pocket, point-and-shoot camera did just fine! As I have mentioned a number of times already, your photographic skill will determine the quality of your photos more than your equipment will. And your skill will only improve with practice, so get out there and just do it!

I took my camera out on yesterday’s walk too, hoping to get some shots of the nice landscaping in neighbors' yards, to give us ideas of what we could do in our own yard. I really like these flowers I came across — the contrast between the white and magenta is wonderful. I also really enjoyed the contrast between the magenta and green trees.

The two sunrise photos made it into the Heavenly Bodies 2012 photo album, while the tree and flower photos ended up in the Neighborhood 2012 photo album. Click on any photo to see a larger version and go to that photo album.
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