Monday, November 25, 2013
Look Beyond the Obvious
What exactly does this mean?
The other day I heard an old Fleetwood Mac song, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" and decided to apply a photographic twist. If you know the song, sing along, "Don't Stop Thinking About Your Photo." Photographically, force yourself to go beyond the obvious. What exactly does this mean? Basically, every subject you photograph has intrigue or else you wouldn't point your camera in its direction. But, all too often, photographers move on to something new far too quickly, which results in a missed photo opportunity. The reason this occurs is it's all too easy to reconcile the fact that different may be better. What we often fail to realize is the "different" may still be there after we look beyond the obvious directly in our midst. Does this always hold water? Absolutely not, but working a subject to its fullest is too often left for others. In these few paragraphs, I hope I can encourage at least a few of you to Don't Stop Thinking About Your Photo, to maximize your time with every photo op you encounter.
Within almost every photo, there is another waiting to be made. This is where the focus of the articles lies. Within the grand landscape, the shot of the delicate flower awaits the discerning photographer. On the facade of the towering skyscraper appears an intimate detail calling for a macro lens to preserve its memory. The full body portrait that just heard the echo of a shutter quietly calls out to a photographer to not overlook the weathered and jeweled hands that show character lines of age and experience. The classic old car polished to a glistening sheen urges us to move in close to capture the detailed work that the designers in Detroit worked so hard to engineer. The pattern that you should have realized by now is that once you photograph the overall subject that enticed you in the first place, go ahead and move in for the close shot. The more you study what's before you, the more you'll be drawn to an additional photo the same way you were drawn to what initially enthralled you.
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