Can you believe we’re almost done? Today is Day 9 in: “Finding Your Voice… 10 Days, 10 Concepts To Help You Find Your Photographic Voice.” And now…
The View: Wide or Macro?
Today’s exploration asks how you love to see the world. The wide view? Close up, contained and focused? Or somewhere in between?
If you’re like me, you love it all! I wanted to admit that right off the bat, in case you thought I was gonna say “Choose amongst them!” No… if you love all view, go for it!
Where you DO have to choose is in your composition. You have to, in a sense, justify what goes in the frame of whatever view you’ve chosen. For this series, that means make strong choices about that based upon what you love. The story you want to tell. The message, point of view or perspective you want to share… which has to all come back to what you love most.
The unknown. The unspoken. The infinite spaces “in between”. The unanswered questions, which do have answers, if we can just find them. These are the notions that draw us, lure us, pull us into any great mystery.
The main character of our mystery today is light itself. It is fleeting and temporary. Capturing it is like a siren song to photographers. It lures and captures us our hearts, then demands that we tell its story, beginning with its glorious illumination, its gradual fade – its eventual disappearance into darkness. Or is it the other way around?
The Humphrey Bogart of Photography
I often think of black and white as the Humphrey Bogart of photography; it cloaks itself in mystery, dancing between light and shadow, making no apologies, offering no explanation, simply leaving you standing there by yourself to decide where one reality ends and another begins. It is the ultimate mystery, which keeps you asking questions and wanting to know more.
Sometimes I don’t know if I love black and white or color better. Or… big, open space epic photographs or macro. Or… chocolate or really ripe raspberries.
Then I retrieve my senses and remember that I don’t have to choose! In this lifetime, on this planet – we get options and choices. I treasure that to my very core.
(SIDEBAR: I created this one in Macphun Software’s Tonality Pro. I love how fast it is – and how you can bring back color selectively like here, or split tone in the blink of an eye. Should I tell you that all of Macphun’s software is 40% off until Nov. 29? I think it’s fair… cause maybe you love a discount as much as I do and want the option to git one!)
Autumn is harvest time.
And personally, I like the idea of harvesting gold.
It doesn’t have to be literal gold… although… wait, give me a moment.
[She pauses. Muses.]
Yep, kinda love that idea too.
But there’s more to this ‘golden harvest’ notion that I like…
(Photo story: taken in Truckee last year – but I never posted it on my blog. The nicest man in town was generous enough to let me venture into his amazing yard. It was breathtaking! I gave the best ones to him to thank him for the unfettered, exclusive access. His family made a Christmas card out of one of them. It was all so cool.)
As monochrome as yesterday’s post was, the day after that storm dawned ridiculously, shamelessly bright and clear. AND… with a couple inches of snow at the upper elevations! Couple that with some rad fall color – and you’ve got a breathtaking event. I found myself pulling out my 100 mm macro lens, the 24-70 AND the 14mm prime. Where are mini-me’s when you need ’em? Heh.
Here are just a couple of the in-your-face loveliness from the Day That Dawned Clear. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory… autumn in its many-colored macro splendor from 8500 feet in the High Sierras!
Oh – and that last one? Taken by the hubs of one KHutt in her happy place. heh.)
Sweet Lady Charlotte is one of my favorite subjects. She thinks deep thoughts. And loves to have her picture taken, as it turns out. Perfect combo! Charlotte lives in Portland, Oregon, so I knew from the beginning I’d want to give her a little old-fashioned-meets-modern-grunge vibe, yet still be on the realistic side. First up though, make the capture!
I do believe nature trumps everyone when it comes to fine architecture! I love visiting ancient man-made architecture, and have Ooo’d and Ahhh’d in Egypt, Turkey and various parts of Europe so far in my life. But every time I witness the effortlessness with which Nature designs and executes her creations, I’m speechless. If you know me, you know that’s saying ALOT!
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