Well, since the last set of posts I have been all over the photographic map. Some of this has been driven by my online course with David duChemin, and some has been driven by dumb luck and curiosity. In the coming days, beginning with today there will be flowers, a visit to a hidden gem, back alleys, and a series I’m calling the Start.
First to the flowers. The assignment was to put together a body of work (ie a series). Now you know I love the whole idea of a series. It would have been a cheat to use an already existing series. I went into the garden. Last year or maybe it was the year before that, I bought a macro focusing rail as I had a grand idea, which was quickly forgotten. The rails sat until a recent after rain morning or two, when I tried my hand yet again (flowers and I have a long and difficult photographic history). These are all flawed, but they are not nearly as flawed as the ones that will remain unseen as “opportunities to improve.” So, what did I learn about flowers?
- Flowers remain difficult subject matter and require a surprising amount of concentration
- The part I enjoy the most about a flower is the edge of a petal.
- Hard light makes flowers look plastic
- Soft light gives life to the texture
- Sharpness is not always necessary
- The right light is fleeting
- Flowers can teach me to be more aware of every visual element in an image
As always comments are welcome.