It’s amazing what your eye can be drawn to… how often you see the same thing or how it begins to change.
I spent my weekend being lazy, watching movies, reading books, doing chores and a lot of cooking. So I knew that my photo would be taken on Monday or Tuesday. And even though it was rainy, I was really excited about the weather. Being outside when it’s cloudy but not raining is the BEST light in my opinion. I see the world in a completely different way – my eyes scan everything, light hits the wet pavement and I stare, I look for reflections in puddles, drops of water on windows… it is all so different than when it’s dry and sunny.
Settings: f/4.0, 1/125 sec, 35mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Nothing out of the ordinary from me with a #fromwhereIstand photo, but I took this on the way to my car Monday night. The tree on a nearby sidewalk had shed so many leaves – maybe it was the wind, maybe it was a large truck – but as I walked over to it I was mesmerized. I stood there for at least a full minute tilting my head back and forth, trying to see what was so darn cool about it. And then I dug out my camera.
This photo is nothing special. It’s an ordinary Monday, rainy and cool enough for a jacket. But it still has meaning to me. Once I take pictures like these, where I really look at a subject and walk through the possibilities, these photos imprint on my brain. I know every time I walk past this tree I’ll think of the wet day it lost leaves. And that brings me joy.
Week 40: Photo Walk
Let’s get outside this week and go a PHOTO WALK! You can choose an area you know and love, or a brand-new-to-you place, but grab a camera (dSLR, your phone, whatever you got!) and go for a walk. What makes you stop and consider lifting your camera? Before you do, can you think of three different ways to shoot that same subject? Explore your surroundings, inspect your subject, get close, step back… be that weirdo on the street!
Consider your composition this week and how you can make your photo stronger: rule of thirds, rule of odds, leading lines, curves, balance, depth, etc.
Now I do recommend taking a friend; it’s good to have a buddy with you because… people are assholes. And I also recommend staying in public areas, on public property, and avoid sketchy areas. Don’t trespass or do anything silly like take a walk on railroad tracks – people get hurt more often than you realize. Just pick a part of the town you’re in that seems interesting, stay on the sidewalks and alleys, and take the most brilliant photograph. No pressure.
Last week’s photo: Abstract #2018P52
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