Amber is not only beautiful, playful, and creative, she also has a talented fashion designer to boot. Cheers!
Developing Your Ability to ‘See’
Nature preserves are great places to explore and photograph. The variety of subjects to be discovered can provide tons of photographic opportunities, all one needs to do is slow down and ‘see’ what surrounds you.
I say ‘see’ because it is one thing to just walk around and scanning your environment, but it is another to actually take the environment in visually, examining different angles. Becoming in tune with your visual senses allows you to find details that remain hidden if you were to just glance around.
The single most effective way to develop your seeing ability is to simply slow down and take your time. Whether you’re in the middle of a bustling city, or taking an afternoon stroll through a nature preserve, let your eyes and your mind take in the details. Take notice of textures, shadows, and reflections. When something really grabs your attention, explore it further from different angles and perspectives.
When you’re ready to compose your shot in the view finder, pre-visualize how you want your final image to look like, make the necessary adjustments to your camera, and fire away.
The image featured below was a result of using the above exercise. The barren trees seemed too busy when looking at them straight on, however, looking down at the creek presented some possibilities. I found the angle I wanted only after fumbling around trying to balance myself on the slick rocks along the shore. Only after I was confident everything was just right, I deliberately pressed the shutter button.
If you find yourself unable to slow down, the second most important thing that will help you is bring (and use) a tripod. The act of setting up the tripod for a shot inherently forces you to slow down your shooting process; hopefully enough to allow your brain to fully engage in composing your images.
I hope this little tip helps you with your own photographic adventures. What techniques do you employ while in the act of creating your own works of art? Sound off and leave a comment or two.
I’ve been trying to capture a sunrise from my balcony for quite some time now, however the sky has been chocked with a thick haze. Every now and then, I am treated with a sky full of character, even if there is no visible sun. I took this shot while I was getting ready to take the kids to school. I had just enough time to set up, take the shot, and take down the tripod and camera.
I forgot about it for a couple of days, and stumbled upon it while I was loading up some other shots I took of my son on the computer. A quick run through with HDR Efex Pro was all it took to bring out all the drama the sky had to offer.
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I knew I was going to be hook on Abandoned Photography with the first click of the shudder. Of course spending over a week with great friends scouring the countryside looking for places to shoot helps. I have to thank my friend Abby for being such an awesome host (and muse). She exposed me, no, threw me into the world of abandoned photography, adding yet another level of passion to the craft of making images. Over a year later, I am still processing images from that whirlwind of a trip, and loving every minute of it.
There is nothing like exploring an unknown (to yourself) location and photographing various states of disrepair and decay. There is a morbid kind of beauty in the peeled paint, rooms with graffiti and broken furniture, and if you’re lucky, the occasional deceased large rodent or two.
Here is the latest image from that trip to roll of the assembly line.
What type of photography gets you all fired up and inspired? Sound off and comment. I’d be interested to find out.