Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This has been bugging me for a while, but I didn't know what the issue was. I felt it photographing at Harvest Cry. I carried it with me to North Carolina. And I felt it deeply Saturday at the photowalk.
I forgot how to look for photographs. Sure, when they were gifted to me by my surroundings I recognized them, and occasionally made them. Or, if my primary subject was a person or group of people I didn't have much trouble finding a suitable place and using/making the light I needed. But, those are easy. I know where I am going when I am doing that.
However, what about taking a camera somewhere with no preconceived ideas and hunting down an image or two? Other people's photowalk images showed me I had grown pretty lazy in looking. That is a painful realization, but its fixable.
Today we went to the local zoo. I was determined I would break this bad habit. I spent a lot of time watching butterflies flutter about flowers. Even though it would be easier to make a picture of them in the morning when its cooler (not to mention more cooperative light) I still managed to get a picture. I think its because I spent time there and learned to look at them. I also pushed my wide angle a bit. I can't picture what that lens gives me reliably without looking through it, so it encouraged me to explore behind the viewfinder.
And the snake! I spent quite some time looking through the lens at it. I only made 3 frames. And I really like this frame I got.
I plan on spending more time hunting "random" pictures, I don't plan on forgetting how to do that again.
Posted by Ken at 7:49 PM