Finding Your Voice: Day 8. Shapes & Patterns.

Oh boy! It’s Day 8 in: “Finding Your Voice… 10 Days, 10 Concepts To Help You Find Your Photographic Voice.” 

Today, we’re going to wrap ourselves around…

Shapes and Patterns

A world without shapes or patterns is pretty much a blob. Ditto bones. 😉

Shapes and patterns are definitely important elements to watch for – and potentially build compositions around. But when it comes to your artist’s voice, you have to take it deeper. What shapes and patterns do you just go nuts over? Any and all? Organic ones? Geometric ones? Shapes and patterns in nature? Architecture? All of the above?

After you work that out – then the even bigger question to ask is why? How do those particular patterns make you feel? What kind of story/statement does that shape make? These answers are important to know, because they’ll tell you how to compose your shot, whether to wait for warm light, pink light or low light. Is the statement stronger in black and white? To know the answer,  you have to know what the statement IS in the first place. And that is all about you and your point of view…  your voice.

My favorite shape or pattern is ________.

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Forgiveness: An Everyday Miracle

I’m being very philosophical this week! But you can handle it, yes? I’ve been thinking about things.

In counting miracles everyday, there seems to be those formed around certain actions we take. One of those is forgiveness…

Unexpected Wisdom

It was brought home again recently when Vic Gundotra answered my final question on a recent episode of The Chat . He said: “Forgiving other people is really the best gift you can give yourself.”

Forgiveness is like having a direct line to the heavens for that warm, wonderful sense of the miraculous.
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In a Crowd, It's All About Having the Right Guide

Everyone said; “Avoid Upper Antelope Canyon! The crowds are insane! You’ll never get a good shot!”
Well, Upper Antelope Canyon has been on my bucket list most of my life, so when the hubs and I took a short photo vacation to the Southwest, it was always going to be Upper. Not Lower, not X, not some other “alternate” slot canyon. Nope, Upper Antelope Canyon or bust.

Mind you, a couple of days before we left the government shut down the national parks. Nice going. So we scrambled like everyone else to come up with our alternate plan. Luckily, Upper Antelope Canyon stayed on the list, because it’s owned by the sensible Navajo Nation, not the U.S. government. I had put out a query on my Google+ page, asking which state parks and other sites people recommended in the areas we were headed – and someone mentioned the Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours, owned and operated by Carol Bigthumb. Decision made!

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