April 24, 2018

Scarcity of Thinking



See … THINK … visualize … plan … compose … capture. This is how I go about capturing most of my photos. Sometimes more successful than others. But I continue to practice deliberately.

In his essay “Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, the English pastor and economist, Thomas Malthus discusses his principles of scarcity thinking. This made me think of the “Scarcity of Thinking”. Scarcity of thinking can be just as dangerous, maybe more dangerous, as it can apply to our present state of mind. It is a current threat. Scarcity thinking only applies to a possible future threat.

When it comes to scarcity of thinking, we must be careful, as this can limit our ability to think creatively to the extreme, or out of the box.

Scarcity of thinking is ever so often demonstrated by the masses, getting emotionally whipped without them understanding why they are demonstrating. The same applies to social media. If you look at some of the comments, you realize that the author of the comment did not rise to the level of the original discussion. They could not grasp it, or understand it. They just responded emotionally without thinking about their comments, or the subject under discussion.

Or the photographer just put the camera to the eye … and snap! Not seeing, not THINKING, not visualizing, not planning, or not composing.

And that is Scarcity of Thinking. And that is what we must be wary of!

Night Photography: Get Rid of the Noise

Christmas on Knobhill | Photographer Francois Swart, FC Schwartz Photography

Christmas on Knobhill | Photographer Francois Swart, FC Schwartz Photography


This photo of Santa, and his beautiful Christmas tree was taken on Knobhill Road, San Marcos and is part of my Christmas Lights collection.

In general people find it difficult to take high quality photos at night. The big secret lies in the way you handle the light, and of course, the editing.

When it comes to the exposure, I make use of my in-camera histogram to make sure that I have captured as much data as possible in both the dark (left) and light (right) areas of the graph. I will discuss the interpretation of the histogram in a future blog.

When it comes to editing, it is important in night photography to first do your noise reduction before starting the editing process. If you don’t do that, all enhancements will also enhance the noise, as the editing software will interpret the noise as part of the detail in the photo.

Therefore, LESSON 1 in night photography, FIRST do the NOISE REDUCTION, THEN embark on the editing journey.

Good luck!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!


Gone Fishin’

What attracted me to this night scene on the Ocean Side beach in San Diego was the abandoned chair. With nobody in site, it was the lead-in to an almost vertical line to the end of the pier.

The shore-line left to right, the line from right to left with the anchor poles penetrates the water surface and then the pier itself from left to right forms a an s-curf.

I just loved it!



Oceanside Night Photography

These two photos I dedicate to my dear friends, Thomas and Jessica Giesel, who introduced me to the photographic opportunities in Oceanside, San Diego. Thanks, I appreciate your effort.

Looking at these two photos, you will realize why I appreciate it so much. I will definitely return and return and return to the Oceanside coastal line. This top photo was taken from the pier at sunset. This is a stack of 7 images to create the smooth and creamy look of the water. You can, of course, use a slow shutter speed as well.

The little beach houses in the image below can be seen on the top photo just to the right of the middle. Amazing what you can do with a zoom lense. It was taken from exactly the same spot, just zoomed in.