Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Improve your photo creativity by looking for art in everyday scenes close to home
|Two Bottles And A Vase
This image was backlit with window light at Myers’ mother’s house where she came across a blue wine bottle next to a vibrant yellow vase. She looked around for something red to add to the shot’s palette. Finding a red bottle, she turned it upside down to take advantage of its interesting surface and shape. She used the slow shutter speed to get a minimal amount of handheld blur to add more abstraction and to make the result, as Myers says, “seem even more like a painting.” Her goal wasn’t perfectly fine lines, but a sense of blur and softness created by the slow shutter speed. Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 at 42mm, 1/5 sec., ƒ/14, ISO 400
First, it’s important to understand what abstraction means as it relates to art. The word itself can be loosely defined as something that has been dissociated from its original form. For our artistic endeavors, this translates as a visual language of form, color and line independent in varying degrees from its “real-world” visual reference. For photographers, it’s examining the world in a new, unique way.
Look for patterns in manmade objects, nature and a combination of the two. Patterns in architecture are an endless source of photo opportunities for interesting abstractions. A long telephoto lens can bring you into an interesting part of a building, rather than just documenting the structure itself.
TIME OF DAY/DIRECTION OF LIGHT
Time of day is vital. Study the object you’re photographing and notice how the direction of light is affecting it. Are shadows being utilized to give a sense of depth? If it’s a small enough object that can be moved, rotate it and see how the light affects the piece.
When it comes to large, immobile objects, we have to wait for the right time of day. The direction of the sun can give texture to an abstract scene. Small silver or gold reflectors or even mirrors can be used to shape light on an object. For smaller objects, Myers holds them in front of her lens, then moves around to see what kinds of shapes and color reactions she can get from a variety of backgrounds.
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