Some of us members of the Photographic Society of Orange County traveled to the Eastern Sierra last week to photograph fall foliage. Vic stayed home to take care of the chickens and to teach his college classes. That work thing of his really interferes with his ability to accompany me on my various forays into nature.
Taking Diana LoSchiavo's watercolor class at the Huntington Beach Art Center is affecting my photography in positive ways because I now pay more attention to colors and shadows. I also take pictures of things that I would like to paint later.
Nature is a great subject for photographers and painters alike. I look at rocks, trees, grass, streams, lakes, sky and clouds as elements in my photographs. I search for groupings of those elements with good composition. I look for S curves, diagonal lines and groupings of three or five to make pleasing pictures.