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I see the ,,Best Of LandscapeLove'' works good.
Better than the others a t least.
So I think I can do this every month now.
Thank you!
Have a great time!
Lumarieus, CO-Founder of LandscapeLove.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
You can also suggest deviations, so it's not only my decision.
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Painting PhotographyHey cool, you just finished a painting. If it's acrylic, it's probably already dry. If it's oil, you'll be waiting a while for that. But it's a good idea to take a picture of it to share. I've been doing this since I started painting again and thought I'd share some tips.First, don't varnish your painting with a gloss varnish; if you're going to use a gloss, wait until after you take the photo; even with good even lighting, you might get glare on the painting. If using a matte varnish, this isn't a problem.Something important to consider is location. You want a place where the lightning isn't intense, but bright enough to illuminate the picture evenly. Natural light is best.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~,Above is a picture of my painting Amatsu Kitsune. This was taken inside on my easel with a window to the right on a cloudy day. Now while the light isn't harsh, it's not illuminated the painting evenly. it's brighter on the right than the left. So this isn't a very good photo of the painting; some of the details on the left are just a little bit dark. This was also taken with a Panasonic Lumix.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~,This next one is of my painting Frozen Aurora, and for those with sharp eyes, it's the photo I cropped and actually posted. This was taken on a small stand type easel on my kitchen table, and the lightning in the room isn't ideal. There's glare at the top of the painting and the lightning is not even, plus the warm color of the table as well as the lights are casting a bit of a warm tone over the painting. This painting was a gift to someone so I never photographed it again. This photo was also taken with my Kindle's camera, which doesn't have great resolution. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After some trial and error, I found the best place to take snapshots of paintings was in front of my garage door when the sun has moved behind the house. The white of the garage door diffuses the surrounding light and makes it even and with nothing to shine on the face of the painting there's no glare. Also, if you have a flat lens, it's best to use that versus one that's convex. As you see below, there's a slight bend to the picture, which means when it's cropped, several pixels on the edges will be lost.,This is my painting Distant Storm, taken in front of my garage with my new Canon Rebel T100, which makes a nice HD high resolution photo. You can see how there's no glare and the lightning is nice and even across the whole painting. After cropping the photo, this is the result:,Looks pretty good!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sometimes you do have to do some post-editing.,This is a picture of Wolf and Playful Days that I recently took while updating photos of my paintings with my Rebel T100. You can see the lightning is good, but the color is a little cool because the image is a touch under-exposed and there's not quite enough natural light to brighten the picture. This is easy to fix by post-editing though. Making the color temperature warmer and adding a touch of saturation enhances the color, and increasing the white-point of the picture brightens the image nicely. After cropping, we get this:,You can see the difference in color and brightness.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's also important to pay attention to your camera settings. If a painting has a lot of white in it, you may have to make the f-stop or aperture higher or use a faster shutter speed so the bright detail in the painting isn't too bright. Conversely, if it's a dark painting, you may need a slightly slower shutter speed or lower f-stop setting. I like to check what the camera suggests using when in "auto" mode and then put it in manual and adjust the settings from there.I hope this little journal can help anyone who's taking photos of their own paintings! - authorJDTailor
Lightning!It strikes the Earth over three million times a day, or about forty times every single second!It is thinner than the width of your thumb, but burns five times hotter than the Sun!It occurs on every planet in the solar system except for Mercury!It can form from ash clouds from a volcanic eruption!And it can strike as far as ten miles away from the cloud it forms in! Lightning is an incredible force of nature and it's my absolute favorite phenomenon! ,I live in Pinellas Park, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, an area known as the "Lightning Capital of North America," getting struck almost one and half million times every year! We have, on average, thunderstorms 70 to 100 days every year. And despite the fact Florida gets hit with more hurricanes than any other US state, lightning still causes more fatalities than all other weather events combined here. It's no wonder our hockey team is named the Tampa Bay Lightning!The reason we have so much lightning activity is because of our geography. Florida is a peninsula, and during the summer, the intense heating of the day generates sea breezes on both coasts; when these breezes collide, that hot unstable air is forced upward into the atmosphere, building cumulonimbus thunderstorm clouds that rise up to nine miles into the sky, allowing their tops to be seen sixty miles away; at night in Florida, people in Redington Beach on the west coast can see lightning flashing in Melbourne on the other coast, 150 miles away! ,That rapid movement of air, along with the extreme temperature between the top and bottom of the cloud, causes electrical charges to form, positive at the top of the cloud and negative at the bottom, while the ground below the cloud often has a slight positive charge. When this charge builds up enough, it is released suddenly and spectacularly with a blinding flash of light and superheated plasma, a lightning bolt. The intense heat produced - 30,000 degrees Celsius - heats the surrounding air so much that air molecules literally slam into each other, producing a concussion of sound known as thunder, which can be powerful enough very close to the lightning to rupture your eardrums or shatter windows!,- The "Lightning Capital of the World" is not Florida, but is actually Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. Thunderstorms form as many as 160 nights a year and can drop 40,000 lightning bolts in one night!- On June 26, 1807, a lightning bolt struck a gunpowder factory in present day Luxembourg, causing a massive explosion that killed more than 300 people.- On November 12, 1969, Apollo 12 was hit by lightning 36 seconds after launch. The strike knocked out the spacecraft's electrical system and would have led to an abort had mission controller John Aaron not recognized the jumbled message on his control console and called "Try SCE to AUX."- Roy Sullivan (d. 1983), a national park ranger in Virginia, holds the rather infamous Guinness World record for having been struck by lightning more than any other human. He was hit seven times and survived each time!- Lightning strikes are so hot they can actually fuse nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the air into nitrogen oxides, which when deposited in the soil by rain, act as fertilizers, helping plants grow.- Contrary to popular belief, the tires of your car are not what protects you from lightning if you're inside. The metal frame of the car - and airplanes as well - acts as a crude Faraday Cage, which directs the electrical charge around the car or plane.- The proper way to determine how far away lightning strikes is to count the seconds between the flash and the very first clap of thunder and then divide by five for miles, or divide by three for kilometers. If it's less than 10 miles, you can be struck, so go inside!,When I bought my camera, the first thing I wanted to photograph was lightning. But I bought it during the off season for lightning activity in Florida, and the cold fronts we've had this winter haven't been conducive to producing a lot of lightning...........and the few that were came through in the middle of the night with rain so heavy I couldn't have gotten any photos even if I wanted to! This summer, I'm definitely going lightning hunting...safely, of course! I've also never managed to find a fulgurite - sand or soil fused into carbon or glass by a lightning strike - despite living in a lightning rich area close to beaches, but I'm going to keep hunting! .......Though if you have a high-energy transformer, a bucket of metal BB's, a mile of wire, a table saw, argon gas, and a lot of time, you can make your own! Lightning is amazing and mesmerizing. It has been revered for all of human history and is an important factor in helping out life here on Earth. It's a wonderful display of physics and the forces of nature. It is something to be respected and to be awed by.But always remember, watch it safely! - authorJDTailor
My Grayscale Photography Learning CurveSince I started taking photography a little more seriously, I've learned a lot. Especially about editing; post-capture editing is a whole lot more important to the quality of your work than I ever gave it credit for. As an amateur, I don't have the cash to shell out for Photoshop Lightroom (nor would I since you can't actually physically "buy" the software anymore, but that's another subject ) and had to settle on GIMP, a shareware program that is basically Lightroom but without bells and whistles and and huge cloud storage.Something I wanted to improve in was editing photos to grayscale - or black and white - and in just a few months, I've learned a lot about not only editing them, but the process in composing them.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First off, in terms of composition, you want a LOT of contrast. Since you don't have color to make the image pop, the more contrast (difference between light and dark shades) the better.This is the first image I edited to grayscale:,There's not a lot going on here. It's mostly flat gray. Now you can fix that through editing, but finding a composition with more contrast would be better.Like this:,There's a much greater difference in the depth of tone in this photo. The dark tree trunk stands against the sunlit foliage (the sky is a bit over-exposed but I'll get to that later ) and there's much more contrast, making for a better looking photo when the color is removed. When you're looking for pictures to grayscale, pay attention to the natural contrast in the original photo; the more contrast it has, the better it will look in grayscale.A good compositional trick is to find a backlit subject:,The sun was directly behind this tree, and that made for a nice shot of the light bending around the trunk. The foliage on the right is a little thick and doesn't frame the photo well along with the trees to the left, but the light makes for a cool effect, and the contrast with the silhouetted tree against the sky is awesome. This is a great composition and didn't require much editing at all.A neat editing trick is adding an extra effect to a light source to make it more pronounced.,In this picture I used the paintbrush tool to add a bit of extra soft light to the setting sun. To do this, create a transparent soft light layer on top of your photo and then use the paint brush sized almost as large as the photo and with the hardness reduced to add a splash of light over the sun. I may do a quick tutorial on this in the future.Another important trick is to under-expose your images, especially when shooting either a bright sky or with the sun in front of you.,When shooting a picture like this, it's best to speed up your shutter or narrow your aperture (or F-Stop as its known) to take a darker exposure. This will make the detail in the sky a lot sharper and crisper and increase the natural contrast, and it's much easier to pull the detail out of the shadows than it is to reduce the exposure in a bright sky. There's also not a lot of natural contrast here but it's better than the first picture I showed.So to close, here are some things to keep in mind when shooting images that you may want to convert to grayscale:- Look for sharp contrast in your composition; the more difference in light and dark tones, the better.- If the subject is bright, under-expose the image; it's easier to pull out shadow detail than to reduce over-exposure.- Look for opportunities to photograph silhouettes; these look amazing in grayscale thanks to the sharp contrast you get.- Play around with your editing tools and learn them. You can change detail in shadows, adjust the brightness and exposure, and even adjust the individual color channels to brighten or darken certain parts of the image containing those colors.I can write a more in-depth tutorial on this subject if this was helpful. If you have any tips or tricks of your own that I didn't cover, please mention them in the comments. Thanks for reading!- authorjdtailor

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This group is strictly dedicated to collecting landscape art and admiration of the beauty of nature, in all its forms. Any picture that features the land or nature as the primary interest is more than welcome here, whether it's photography or a painting or a drawing.

All art is welcome, whether from a professional or a beginner. We don't judge here! We also love to help and promote new deviants to help them find their way on the new DA, which can be confusing if you're not computer savvy.

Submissions are not gatekept and are automatically accepted except for submissions to our Featured folder; the rule for that folder is one submission per member so everyone can have their work represented there. Send what you think is your best piece for our featured folder!

If you have a problem or question or concern, please send a note to either the Group or to authorJDTailor or Lumareius21.

Please be kind and respect others and their artwork!

We have a few weekly features focusing on new deviants and members to our group and do occasional themed features and also a weekly interview with a member! If you'd like to participate in this interview, send a note or message to Lumareius21.

We also have another feature called Deviation Discussion where we spotlight a selected work and ask a few questions about that work. Any featured work will receive a Quartz Badge! If you want to participate in this feature, send a note or message to authorJDTailor.

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authorJDTailor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2021  Professional General Artist
Apologies for the absence. I've been visiting family in you could probably tell from how many pictures I'm sharing from Arizona when I live in Florida. :giggle:
I'll be back home in about 10 days or a bit sooner and I'll be getting back to normal afterward. Thanks for keeping an eye on things, Lumarieus21!
Lumarieus21 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should stop to apologize and just come back!=P
Lumarieus21 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, when some deviations submitted to this group don't have anything to do with landscapes.
If this won't stop, we need to change the submission rules.
Vigorouss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2021  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: Why are the folders named "Drawings" and "Photography" instead of "Landscpae drawing" and "Landscape Photography"... Got confused sorry :D 
Lumarieus21 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But you know what ,,Landscape'' means, didn't you?:D
We won't change the folders, but we can change the function, that all deviations are automatically approved, like it is now.
Do you want that?
I don't think so.
Greetings, Lumarieus.
Lumarieus21 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I'm back!
After six months away... done't expect to much from me... maybe need some time to get back into the group... then resume the old work again.

authorJDTailor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2021  Professional General Artist
Welcome back!
Lumarieus21 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AlessandroMele Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2021  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, thank you for adding me to this group!
authorJDTailor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2021  Professional General Artist
Hey everyone. I haven't abandoned the group or anything, but it's been a busy few weeks. My friend is moved and I'm just taking it easy for the holiday weekend. Also I have a new part-time job coming up that I'm pretty excited about; I finally landed something that won't feel like work! :happybounce: 
I'm still looking for volunteers for interviews and discussions, and if anyone wouldn't mind jumping on board as a moderator it would be a big help! :D DM or note me if you're interested in any of this...and points and badges for interviews and discussions!
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