Stevan Tontich

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When Life Gives you Rain Clouds ...

Published September 28th, 2011

I was looking forward to my vacation in the Alps. One of the days while hiking with my family, I was looking forward to photographing some alpine scenery up and around Mt. Vrsic in Slovenia. I was excited about the prospect, but once on the trail, I was disappointed to find the peaks covered in layers of rain clouds. Color photography was going to look bland and uninteresting. But, you know the old saying, " When life gives you rain clounds - make monochrome images!"

I focused on a series of shots where I was trying to emphasize contrast, shape, and that elusive misty / moody feeling. The results can be found at my website: GALLERY LINK

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How to Give an Extra Punch to Your Fall Photogr...

Published August 28th, 2011

This just got published in Lake County Camera Club September Newsletter:

Fall. The golden time of year. As green chloroform dies out, reddish, purplish, yellowish and brownish leaf pigments take over, giving us a mesmerizing display of color for a week or two before falling to the ground to make room for the generations to come. For many photographers, this is a time of intense photographic expectation and excitement. We try to capture the splendor and give the fading beauty a chance of photographic immortality. We always look for way to enhance the experience and the final result. In this article, I want to spend some time talking about the polarization of light, and how removing some or all of the polarized light can enhance an already good autumn photograph.

In nature, light emitted by the sun is reflected by all kinds of objects – in the sky, on the land, and on the surface of the water. Once reflected, some of the light becomes polarized – in other words, the electromagne ...

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Making people smile with a 35mm Nikkor

Published July 19th, 2011

Driving down home with my family fresh from the camera store (in Iowa, of all places) - I could not wait to get to a place where I could tear into the yellow Nikon bag and break free my first digital prime lens. In no time at all, I was able to yank out the familiar golden box and peel away several protective layers of cardboard, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, and who-knows-what wrap …and after it all (and one quarter of the counter clockwise turn later) – click – it was on. I know for some of you, this is a lens you have had for a while – and may not be that exciting sitting in a dark corner of the camera bag – but the 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor DX is special to me because I wanted it to help me open up a new world of photographic possibility, and perhaps in this case - less can be more.

After all, it does not zoom – so you may have to walk a little more – it does not make things closer (or father for that matter) – it doesn’t have the power to bend angles, fold buildings, look impressive whi ...

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