This photo surprise me, fo’sho! I started out going for a sci-fi, kind of steampunk effect in my processing… and ended up with surreal, dreamy, otherwordly. Go figure! The thing that got me going in the first place – and I mean when I photographed this – were the roots. They just looked so strange. I went to this spot on a thunderstormy evening hoping for a rad sunset… but that never happened. So I focused on shapes and foreground – and went vertical because of how the tree so nicely framed everything.
When you first see this photo, what’s your first reaction? Do you know what it is? Does it make you curious? Does it irritate you? Entice you? Make you tilt your head like the RCA dog? Yawn? Judge it in some way? Er, what?
Mind you, I didn’t create it with any particular reaction in mind, I was just wondering. I really processed it as an exercise. The end result and process turned out to be so interesting, I though I’d share.
Remember the post from that day when I was in Hawaii… the entire island beckoning to me… and I had a throwback agoraphobic moment, almost not getting out the door? (if you don’t, it’s here). Well, I made it out the door. And here’s why we must never succumb to anything less than what our hearts, souls and spirits most desire:
You’ve got a pretty photo. Maybe a beautiful photo. You’ve taken the time and thought to take the shot, process the thing and share it with your world on the social site of your choice. But have you really presented your vision? Now, call me crazy (or don’t. I really won’t mind if you don’t.), but if you’re really trying to stand out from the madding crowd – folks really do appreciate a good presentation . Meaning, a clear representation of the thing that quickened your heart, made your eyes pop a little – and made you want to capture that awesome frame in the first place.
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I’m enjoying creating these short videos about photo composition and such. Since folks seem to like them, I’ll just keep going!
For this one, the hubs Joe Dolister and I spent a weekend wandering about our local area, which is in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. There are so many little scenes like the one in this video, which are incredibly beautiful – but which we tend to simply drive by on our way somewhere else. This day, we stopped at them all!
On the way to Milford Sound, you pass over a bridge spanning the Tutoko River. The views both up and down the river here are amazing! It’s actually a bridge-over-a-bridge… you can see the white railing of the old one over to the right of this photo. What was funny about taking pictures from there was that you had to stand on the old bridge. And it moved. Every. Time. Someone. Walked on it. With 20 of us, it became this ballet of… “STOP! annnnnnd hold that position. Wait for it… click-click-click (etc.)… Ok now you can move!” Rinse and repeat. It was pretty funny. But we all got our shots in a most cooperative fashion – and I think it actually bonded our group even more. Just another magical New Zealand moment!