Eleanor Culling’s Photographic Style
Revised in March 2012
years of 35mm slide photography beginning in the middle 70’s.
little 4 x 5 work in the 70’s & 80’s
in Camera Clubs, putting on workshops, teaching the basics
years professional wedding photographer … 6 x 4.5 format
use of digital equipment now
the zone system, attended or coordinated workshops with various teachers
such as Howard Bond, John Shaw, Ernst Haas, and Lee Mann, Alain Briot
etc. Classes in the 80's at Winona School of Professional Photography
and white darkroom experience
photographs are taken during my ‘travels’, often with
photography as the sole purpose of the trip. This was espicially
true of the Photoshoot in the European Alps in July 2007.
though, I enjoy photographing alone and will wander away from groups.
few day trips in my home area.
particularly enjoy using a tripod – though know it is necessary.
photos taken in a standing position –very little macro work
now because of physical limitations.
love to take short hikes, tromp off into the woods, wander around
in an area for as long as I find subjects.
bracket for both exposure and subject matter – often doing ‘composition’ studies
in a small area.
don’t hesitate to stop by the side of the road.
color – no black and white any more (would have to purchase
a better printer). Update: I now have an Epson
R2400 printer and my interest in black and white has increased!
and scenics – but not the ‘grand’ scenic when there
is not a main subject.
patterns and formations seem to top the list.
colors and trees, leaves, mountain scenes.
foliage and trees to the foreground.
the parks in Utah, travels to New Zealand and Australia, Glacier
and Waterton Lake N.P.
generally avoid having people in my pictures. I may include them
Quality of Light
usually use what I encounter. I tend not to rise early or stay up
late, nor go back if the light wasn’t right.
often use a polarizer for more saturated exposures.
hope that there is an interesting sky.
enjoy a bright sunny day and hope that Paint Shop Pro X2 and a histogram
adjustment can produce miracles.
horizontal with my normal zoom lens, 18 x 55
deep depth of field.
often DO put the subject right in the center. Often more to the left
than the right.
don’t use much sky unless it is interesting.
enjoyment of the process. both shooting and the post processing.
offers almost immediate satisfaction.
on my ‘Eleanor’s Travels’ website
prints up to 13” x 19”.
and share my experiences, often with tutorials that I write and post
on the web.
be experimental – recently learned old-fashioned stereo photography.