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How I See Things – 3

This one is pretty simple and straight forward, which most compositions should be.

SPT_PikesPeak

I keep my eye out for ying yang relationships. Characteristics that balance out, in an equal but opposite manner.

HIST_PikesPeak

Not everything will always line up, but I think it helps to favor these relationships when you spot them, which led me to crop this photo the way I did.

 

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How I See Things – 2

In the peril of a power outage, my survival instincts kicked in and I built a fort. Next of course, I needed to take a picture of my awesome fort.

SPT_Fort

As candid as it may look, I actually put effort into capturing this scene. Used my phone for wireless control over the camera, a remote flash concealed behind the book, and a couple out of frame flashlights to fill in the environment. I took my time to craft this image.

HIST_Fort

First, I situated the pillows so their lines would lead to my face. I then pulled the curtain to counter those lines and add to the look of coziness. Next, I was conscious of keeping everything fairly monochromatic; with exception to the red and green (color compliments) at the center of interest. Though I wanted to fill out the environment and tell the story of what is going on; ultimately, I aimed to hold the viewers attention tightly — keep them visually as cozy as I was :)

 

 

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How I See Things

Something I’ve really enjoyed about getting back into photography, is that I find it refueling my creativity.  When producing artwork from your imagination, it’s not just coming out of thin air. You have to rely on your past experiences, observations, and understanding of how things work. When I take pictures, I’m looking to observe and Identify what it is that makes something appealing.

I’ll use this image of train tracks I took in the rocky mountains for my first example:

SPT_TrainTracks

I’d bore us both just using text to explain what it is I think is working well in this shot. Instead, I made this gif, illustrating How I See Things :)

HIST_TrainTracks

Your eye naturally wants to follow paths and anything it can visually connect as lines when looking about an image. Knowing this, I pay attention to where the lines in a scene are directing the viewer to look. I don’t want them to slide my audience right off the picture. You know that photo that doesn’t hold your attention? It’s often because the image itself is telling you not to look at it :)

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First Photo

Here is the first photo I’ve decided to post on my art blog.

Tranquil Evening at White Rock

I don’t intend to post too many photos here. You can just head over to my ShootingPrettyThings.com website if you want to keep up with all the pictures I do take. What I plan to do here is post the ones that have some particular significance.

This photo was one of the first I took when getting back into photography. It was an eye opener into what can be done with modern cameras. Sure, I had been using digital cameras for years, and rented out a couple high end DSLRs back in college, but this was the first time I started shooting RAW, and really understood what that meant — technically and artistically. Got to love that smooth dynamic range!

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