If you’ve been a frequent visitor to my blog, you’ll probably remember me posting photos that show contrasting colors, textures, lights and shadows. I’m especially attracted to compositions that show bright green vegetation on red/brown brick backgrounds. Here are “just three” images that illustrate what I’m writing about. I have more in the archives, and many more to come … I’m sure.
Category Archives: Artistic and Creative
Cameras today are very impressive, each in their own way; all having tremendous capabilities from traditional stand alone models, to those on mobile phone devices. Obviously, without the camera, nothing one “sees” can be recorded. There is much to be learned about this “seeing” business. The image above is about as simple a image one might find. It’s colorful, it’s interesting in a way, it’s historical, and above all it’s simple. The key point is, however, I saw it and I bet few others did from this same perspective. It’s nice to be able to recognize a nice photo composition such as this while you’re wandering around with camera in hand.
Digital images are easy to record on large capacity memory cards today, being very reasonable in cost. It’s not at all like the film days when we were limited to a small number of shots. Back then we were a bit more selective in how we used the limited 24 or 36 exposures we had on a roll of film. Today, with even a small capacity memory card installed, some may try to capture everything they see. For instance, while traveling through popular vacation destinations, not wanting to miss anything, their thoughts may be, “I’ll just click away and sort it all out when I get back home.” What they wind up with could be a mix of common images, few if any being really that interesting. And then they’ll take (say) those fifty photos made while standing in the same spot at the main overlook of the Grand Canyon, and share them all on social media for all their friends to see and admire. I’ll call that “photo overload.”
Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with making several photos of the same thing. But if we’re going to do that, can we compose each image in the lens a bit differently from the others? And then, when we get ready to share our work, might we select the “best” compositions and publish only those for others to admire? Don’t stand in the same spot when you make those images. Perhaps make one image a wide angle view, and another a close up from a new location. Moving your feet from time to time can have nice results when photography is involved.
So, I say “be different” with each image you make. Move around getting contrasting views of the same scene or object. Limit what you share online to those images you select as being your best. And lastly, keep it simple. Over time if you’ll do this, I think you’ll start to develop a “photographic eye” causing you to see things around you that most others might miss entirely. This is what interesting photography is all about.
I like these images which show some interesting perspective views. The close-up of the lace curtains in the window is nice in my opinion. I’m not bragging on my photos, I just happened to see something that looked interesting and the camera did the rest. A Fujifilm X100T. Superb camera thats fun to use. My main camera now.
I was watching a documentary today that covered the life of a famous photographer who made a statement that summed up how I often feel about my photos. He said, “The finished photo image is often much more than just the result of a mechanical process, it can also be the result of some artistic vision.” In the case of photojournalism, where realism and truth is key, I understand that the original image should not be altered, and in fact publication style-guides state that as a requirement for it to be published. But, otherwise, when the photo is used by the originator to present a specific artistic view, then I say, “have at it.” Thanks to digital post processing software today, it’s possible to alter an original photo’s appearance in subtle or dramatic ways. I prefer the subtle. Here are several examples, I call it “soft focus.”
There’s nothing that special artistically or photographically that makes these two photos I made recently truly stand out … other than the fact that I like them. I knew that to be true right after I made the shot. For example, when I opened the front door to our home early one day last month to go get the morning newspaper, the cold hit me like a blast. Regardless, my eyes saw the clouds and blue sky with trees silhouetted in a nice way. Boom, I grabbed my camera. On a much warmer day this month, while walking along a lake shoreline I happened upon this swan drying its plumage in the sun, with its body angled just right so the feathers stood out. Not special, really, about either of these two images except again, I liked them.
I “paint” with my camera, as do many others like me. When I see objects which I think might look good in a framed artistic work of art, I snap the shutter of my camera, and then when viewing it on my computer during post processing, I sometimes smile when I see success. On the other hand, some images get the “boot” to the trash bin. It’s all about having fun. These were made using my new Fuji x100t camera, and are essentially out-of-camera results, with some cropping.