Cool Your Tests images

A few nice your tests images I found:

Bonsai Blue Hour
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Image by Chris Smith/Out of Chicago
I was at the Chicago Botanic Garden a couple of weeks ago testing out my new Tamron 28-300mm lens. I have not decided yet if the lens is a keeper, but it sure is nice to have such a huge range on one lens. I had a heck of a time coming up with a composition for this image. I kept moving left and right, further and closer, and raising and lowering my tripod. I’ve noticed that I am taking much more time with my compositions lately. I think that the bonsai gardens have a lot of potential for some blue hour shots. If you’re at the garden and running out of light, head to the Regenstein Building and look for the bonsai courtyards.

Compositional Inspiration from Photographer Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith (no relation) is one of my favorite photographers. I first heard about him on The Candid Frame Podcast as a recommendation from a guest. He lives in California and captures stunning seascapes. But one of my favorite images of his is Myst – Point Reyes National Seashore, California. I love the shot for the ethereal fantasy feel and also for the explanation of how he made the shot that he gives on the Flickr page. I learned more from reading the notes on this photo that I have from some photography books. Click on the image below to go to the photo’s Flickr page. If you hover over the image in Flickr, you will see Patrick’s notes about what he was trying to accomplish with this composition. Many times when I am composing an image, I think about this shot. I try moving forward and backward, left and right, and I raise and lower my tripod, until I’ve got it right.

Visit Patrick Smith’s Google+ page and his website, for more inspirational images and tips.

Blue Moon Set at Sunrise Part Deux
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Image by Lost In The RP
Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It is whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

Queen – ‘We Are The Champions’

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