It’s All About That Background…

I love to talk about backgrounds. For me, the background is often one of the most important elements to a photograph. That’s why when I get to a location, my Background Alert System is turned on and I immediately start looking for a killer background to host my subject.

Photo By Scott Bourne - Copyright 2015

 

I was photographing ducks at a local pond in the late afternoon and noticed the reflections of some buildings, local vegetation and the sky were creating very interesting and unique backgrounds. I made a few test exposures and while the light was fading, there was enough to make a nice image or two.
 
Photo By Scott Bourne - Copyright 2015
Photo By Scott Bourne – Fuji X-T1 – Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens – Copyright 2015
 
I moved to this area and waited for some ducks to swim through it so I could create these surrealistic photos of the ducks with unusual backgrounds.
 
In each case I was rewarded with something I liked.
 
Using a unique background is often a way to take a routine subject (like a duck) and make it look anything but routine.
 
Whether or not you like the images I hope you get the idea.
 
Photo By Scott Bourne - Fuji X-T1 - Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens - Copyright 2015
Photo By Scott Bourne – Fuji X-T1 – Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens – Copyright 2015

And for those of you concerned with such things, each of these photos was pretty much straight out of the camera with nothing more than a typical levels, curves, cropping and sharpening adjustment made to bring the photo to the point where I wanted it. I spent about 15 to 20 seconds in Photoshop tweaking these images.

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