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New Fall 2014 Photo Workshop


Learn the basics of finding fall color before peak color arrives.  Explore close-up and macro details with fall color at Inniswood Metro Gardens, one of Central Ohio’s premier locations for nature lovers and photographers alike!    You’ll learn what it takes to create compelling close-up and macro images with hands on personal instruction as well as what to look for when shooting landscape scenes.  This is a great setting that will enable you to take the theory of photography and practice in a real world situation while receiving professional feedback and guidance.


Cost: $39

Limit: 5 people

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 South Hempstead Road
Westerville, OH 43081


Requirements: Digital SLR Camera and tripod.   A basic understanding of manual camera functions to include, aperture, shutter speed, iso, and white balance.  You’ll also want to bring weather appropriate attire (rain gear) and a positive desire to learn.

Please register by phone at 614-378-9511 or via the online cart below:

Date: September 27th, 2014 – FULL

Date:  October 11th, 2014  - Registration Link


Questions – Please contact Vince  - 614-378-9511 or vincenobel

The Impact of Creative Close-Ups

Finding creative subjects in nature’s clutter can be challenging for even the most experienced photographers.   Shooting close-up and macro images provides a great way to to isolate your subject for more creativity and impact.  This series of images show the initial scene and how I eventually shot it.  Let’s take a closer look -

This scene shows an average grouping of hyacinths shot with a 150mm macro lens at F5.6.  The aperture setting gave me a shallow depth of field but the overall scene is still too busy and cluttered for my liking.


My next step is to frame the image.  Getting closer will allow me to simplify my subject matter to just a few flowers.  As I frame the image in camera I constantly observe my background and how it relates to the foreground flowers.  I want a background that does not detract from my main subject.   We’ll go ahead and frame here -


Getting closer really changes the look and feel of this image.  By moving closer I was able to compress the scene with a shallow depth of field (plane of focus).  Using the shallow depth of field I can now focus on just one part of the image while the rest fades to various shades of blues and purples.  Remember depth of field is affected by your aperture setting, lens focal length, and camera to subject distance.  Combine all three with precise focus point selection and you’ll have images with more creativity and impact.

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Thanks for viewing! – Vince 

Fighting the Wind in Photography


Many times I find myself shooting in less than ideal situations.  Today started off well enough but once I found a subject the weather turned against me.   This dogwood bloom is a product of patience – waiting over 40 minutes for just a few frames between wind guests.  In addition to patience I made a few camera adjustments that helped me steady my shot.   Here’s what I do – 1 – Use a tripod – (obvious) – this will reduce camera shake but do little to combat the wind.  2 – ISO – Your sensor’s sensitivity to light.  The higher the ISO the faster you’ll be able to shoot (shutter speed).  I set my ISO for this image from 100 to 400 giving me two extra stops.  Why not more?  Well the higher you set the ISO the more noise invades your image.  I like images with little noise so I rarely go above 400-800 even on my full frame sensor.  3 – Aperture – I set my F-stop on my 300mm lens to its widest setting of F4.  Shooting “wide open” allows for more light and thus faster shutter speeds  - plus I liked the shallow depth of field it provided for this scene.   So what’s this all mean? – It means a shutter speed of 1/500th sec which combined with my patience was enough to get an acceptably sharp image.   Thanks for viewing – Vince

Inniswood Meetup – Flower Walk


Ohio Nature Photography Meetup Group held their very first outing in the rain at Inniswood Metro Gardens Saturday morning.  The showers stopped for about 15 minutes allowing the few remaining photographers the chance to grab some frames.  I focused my attention on a dogwood tree just before the rains started again.  Please take a look at our group photos from Inniswood at  - http://www.meetup.com/Ohio-Nature-Photography/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=21500202

I’ll be adding another outing at Inniswood soon!

Thanks for viewing! – Vince

Ohio Nature Photography Meetup

Spring is almost here and I recently created a new group for nature photographers – the Ohio Nature Photography Meetup Group!  http://www.meetup.com/Ohio-Nature-Photography/  This group is for anyone (beginner to advanced) interested in learning nature photography in and around the Columbus, Ohio area. Meetings will be led by Ohio Nature Photographer Vincent Nobel (Vince).  Our goal is to learn together and have fun!  Monthly meetings will include instructional photo tours to such areas as Hocking Hills State Park, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, and State Nature Preserves. Topics will include landscape photography, macro and close-up, creative exposures, flower photography, and creative compositions. We’ll be adding a continuing series of classroom sessions to include basic camera, exposure basics, and macro as well as digital post production to include photoshop, and NiK Software’s suite of creative photo plugins. Thanks again! – Vince

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