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Meetings & Speakers - Truman Holtzclaw 2/12/2013
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About The Presenter: O. Truman Holtzclaw

Since 1983 Truman has perfected the skills to artfully blend his teaching experiences, biology background and his love of nature to create a collection of more than "200,000 plus" beautiful images.  Truman enjoys most all photographic endeavors which include attending & presenting workshops, leading field trips, competing & judging in local and international competitions, and leading commercial photo tours.  In addition, he photographs individuals, groups, special events, weddings, banquets, architecture and sporting events.

From the beginning of his photographic exploits, Truman has always been fascinated with wide angle lenses and their results.  His first wide angle lens was an inexpensive 20mm "Spiratone" which brought him much early success in his local camera club and later on in the P.S.A. competitions. Today his two favorite lenses are the Canon 16 - 35 mm and his newest, the Sigma 12-24 mm which he uses with a full frame Canon D5 Mark II.

. At his retirement in 2001, after 34 years as a Biology Teacher, he started his own photographic company called "A Beautiful Image".  He is past president of the Sacramento Audubon Society, Sierra Camera Club and the Gold Rush Chapter of the Photographic Society of America.  He also has worked as a Park Naturalist for the State of California.

Truman is a world traveler.  Destinations include Canada, Africa, China, Europe, Japan and South America.  He has traveled throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. His favorite location for photography still remains the western United States.

Contact Truman at (916) 966-2917 or email him at truman@otruman.com,        Web sitewww.otruman.com 

 Send mail to: "A Beautiful Image", 7970 Archer Ave; Fair Oaks, CA 95628    For photo tours go to;  http://www.photo6s.com

Warehouse web site: http://www.otruman.net


 

 

 

The Program "Wide Angle Magic: The Good, Bad & Ugly"

Truman's definition of a wide-angle lens for the SLRs:

 Full frame sensor = 20mm or wider; Small frame sensor (APS) 13mm or wider. 

Why use a wide-angle lens?  You get two lenses in one; a macro lens (the little flower in the foreground) and a panorama lens (the distant Mt. Range in the background)

Number one rule: Get close (18 inches or less) to something that has strong interest or texture.  Use f16 - f22 for good depth of field.  If possible use a tripod, especially in low light.

The GOOD:  Some hints, facts and strategies for using the wide angle lens:  These are illustrated in the program.

1. Foreground, foreground and foreground!!!  Foreground is important when using the wide angle lens.  Your image will suffer if you do not have a foreground interest.  Foreground can be at the top, side, bottom, or even in the center.

2. Your images will stand apart.  The wide angle lens will give your images a desirable quality that will set them apart from others.  As more people start to use the wide angle lenses, this is changing.

3. Tremendous depth of field. At f16 or f22 most wide angle lenses will give you 9" to infinity, sharpness throughout!

4. Excellent selection of lenses.  Today there is a wide range of lenses to chose from, both in fixed primes and variable zooms.

5. Small areas become huge expanses. A small living room can appear to be a very large with the wide angle. The tiny backyard can appear to be the size of a football field with the wide angle. "Favorite lens of realtors".

6. Wide angle lens greatly changes perspectives. Relatively close objects appear to be far away or widely separated.

7. Wide angle lenses can cause extreme distortions. This can be creative and fun, but beware that it may produce ugly or distracting results.

8.  Wide angle enables you to take pictures in tight spaces. For example, a stairwell or inside a car.

9. You can heavily emphasize the foreground. A flower, face, rock, starfish, headlight, an eye, etc.

10. Excellent for the grandeur scenics:  Zion, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, etc.  Don't forget a foreground element!

11. Good for many nature images.  The mushroom, or a snail and its habitat.  NOT Rattlesnakes!

12. Excellent for star bursts.  The top of a tree or edge of a rock, use f22 for the best star burst results.

13. Wonderful for puffy clouds and sunsets/sunrises.  Don't be afraid to turn your wide angle skyward.

14. Shadows can be great fun or even beautiful.  Low sun gives you very  l-o-o-o-n-g  shadows.  Play with shadows!

15. Leading lines are super!  Get down low and make those lines jump out of the image.

16. Get down lowreal low.  It's a whole different world down there at ground level. "Have a plan for getting back up!"

17. Shoot from top down.  It can provide for some entertaining and fun images.

18. Night sky photography.  With the new digital cameras and wide angle lenses, it opens a whole new world.

   "DO IT!"

19. Portraits can be special. Keeping the person in the middle of your image, the wide angle lens allows you to include the immediate environment.   

20. Get close to emphasize texture. You can dramatically bring out any kind of texture with the wide angle lens.

21. Streams, lakes, falls, hot springs are great subjects for the wide angle lens. Remember to get close!

 

The BAD & the UGLY

1. Why don't my images look spectacular?  "No foreground!" You have to have foreground!  "Get close!"

2. Distracting distortions are common.  Try as you might, they will regularly sneak in your image.

3. Filters can and do cause problems.  Vignetting is a common problem.  Filters must be extra thin.

4. Use extreme caution with Polarizers. They can produce uneven or varied colors; especially noticeable in the sky.

5. Watch your horizons!  Tilted horizons become very obvious when viewing images from a wide angle lens.

6. Requires some flexibility & strength. For the unique image, can you get down and back up again? 

7. Check your borders:  Unwanted "things or stuff" will sneak into your images! Hands, feet, tripods, branches, etc.

8. Warning:  Severe KEYSTONING!  Tilting camera up or down = keystoning.  More tilt = more severe Keystoning.

9. "Bad" shadows are lurking.  Beware of unwanted shadows, especially when the sun is at your back, they might creep get into your image.

10. Flashes do not work well with the wide angle lenses. Most flash beams tend to be too narrow to cover the image.

11. Specialty W.A. lenses are very expensive! 17mm tilt shift=$2400; 14mm f2.8 = $2300, 24mm f1.4 =$1700, "OUCH!"

12. You need to be very close to your subject.  But no Skunks, mad Grizzly bears or Poison Oak!

13. Uneven lighting = big problem!  Even with HDR it is still an issue.  Example: Redwood forest on a sunny day!

14. Fast moving subjects, not so good.  Because of the high f-stops (f16 or f22) for great depth of field, you often end up with slow shutter speeds, which result in a blurred subject.  Sometimes it can produce an excellent creative image.

O. Truman Holtzclaw,   (916) 966-2917   or  E-mail:  truman@otruman.com   or   Web: www.otruman.com

7970 Archer Ave

Fair Oaks, CA  95628??