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Welcome to Stay Focused

01st January 2021

Great photos are born in the camera

By now you know that Stay Focused is part the arnielee website.

We’re here because we love taking pictures. We’ve been adding new photography articles that should interest you which you’ll see under RECENT POSTS.

To search for articles that may be of interest, click on a keyword under TAGS.

You’ll find articles based on our 50+ years of experience in photography. We happy to share our know-how with you so in hopes that you’ll discover new ways to enjoy your picture taking even more.
Note: You can click on most of the photos to enlarge.

What is Your Angle?

27th September 2022

Photography Points of View

Experts stress composition when they’re referring to how to place your subjects in the viewfinder to get that best looking photograph. Your subject may be a face, a full body portrait, a tiny flower or a majestic canyon.

You have many ways to approach those subjects: move closer, move farther away, bend your knees to lower your viewpoint, point the camera upwards slightly, climb onto a nearby bench to take in more of the subject, and so on.

By simply changing the angle of your camera in relation to the subject you can get totally different – and hopefully better – results.

Here are a few samples of how I’ve come up with different angles.
 


 

It doesn’t take much to make your snapshots slightly more interesting. And remember that these days with digital cameras (or cellphones) – it’s pretty cheap to take a few extra “experimental” photos. Have fun!
 
 
Written by: Arnie Lee
 
 

Panorama Photos

17th September 2022

Taking In A Wide View

I enjoy taking panorama photographs. When I look at one it’s as if I can scan the horizon from left to right or from right to left and experience an entirety of what’s in front of me. A panorama is wonderful way to capture landscapes and scenic subjects. 

I have a couple of cameras that are able to automatically take panoramas. My cellphone camera also has this feature. The amount of detail that is recorded in a panorama is quite amazing. Keep in mind that the enlarged panoramas displayed here have been reduced in overall size to fit on your screen – about 1600 pixels wide. Most of these original panoramas are more than 10,000 pixels wide!

Below are a few panoramas that I’ve taken over the years.

Click on any of the images to view the enlarged panorama.



Arches National Park, Utah 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Badlands National Park, South Dakota 2016 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



Cannon Beach, Oregon 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Crater Lake, Oregon 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Dantes View in Death Valley National Park, California 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 2020 iPhone 11 Pro Max cellphone



Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan



Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 2008



Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana 2021 iPhone 11 Pro Max cellphone



Mono Lake, California 2016 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



Monument Valley, Utah 2019 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 2016 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



St Louis Waterfront in St Louis, Missouri 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Trillium Lake and Mt. Hood, Oregon 2017 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 2013 Sony NEX-7 camera



Rim of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 2017 Sony ILCE-6000 camera



If your camera or cellphone can capture a panorama have you tried it yet? The high quality of the images will amaze you.

Written by: Arnie Lee

Humorous Photos

16th September 2022

Pictures With No Other Purpose Other Than Fun

The majority of my photos are portraits, events, scenery, wildlife or commercial work for business.

Every once in a while I run across a situation that is hilarious or just plain funny. Below are from those occasions which I caught on camera.
 


Have you injected a little humor into your photography?
 
 
Written by: Arnie Lee
 
 

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