First of all, I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the place we visited where I took the photographs that follow. We were still in California, north of Eureka, south of the Oregon border.
It was a beautiful wooded area with sunlight dappling through the trees and a stream running through it. Beautiful, but tricky to photograph. To make it worse, I was not feeling inspired to shoot. I was having a hard time coming up with a composition that I liked well enough to set up the camera and tripod. I decided to just start taking photographs and warm up. This usually helps me begin to "see".
This was one of the first shots I made. It was a striking scene to look at in person, but I felt as a photograph it was too busy and lacked a focal point.
©2010 Dianne Poinski
When we came to the stream I decided to try for a "rocks and water" shot. Sure, it's been done before, but I saw this section where the sun was hitting just a small spot on the water and liked the simplicity of it.
©2010 Dianne Poinski Then, while walking along the path, I noticed the contrast created by new growth on some ferns. I stopped to take a few shots and liked what I saw.
Later on that week when I was at the workshop withLauren Henkin, she mentioned the difference between "hunting" and "gathering" while photographing. I realized then that I was "hunting" and loving every minute of it. It was fun to notice people walk by while I was shooting, then stop to figure out what it was that had me so captivated.
This is why I love photography. The ability to be in the present moment while soaking in the details of your environment. It's very much like meditation for me and probably the reason I feel better emotionally and physically when working on photographs. I am still experimenting with these fern images as well as some other ones. It will be fun to see what the final versions look like. Stay tuned.........................and happy hunting!
I am still experimenting with these fern images as well as some other ones. It will be fun to see what the final versions look like. Stay tuned.........................and happy hunting!