Friday, August 20, 2010

"Hunting" for Photographs

In my last post I shared some "point & shoot" images that helped tell the story of our two week road trip. This week I have been working on some of my "tripod shots" and I wanted to share an interesting experience I had early on in the trip.

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.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Then it became a quest. I started noticing small details in form, color, light and contrast. I discovered how many different varieties of ferns grow in the same area. I noticed when the landscape changed and ferns were replaced with more sun loving vegetation.

Later on that week when I was at the workshop with Lauren 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.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

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!

6 comments:

  1. Your first photograph may be busy, but I really like it. The light colored hanging limbs are in the right position that makes me want to walk into the scene. I enjoyed your story. I have stopped while someone was photographing and was indeed interested in what they saw that I didn't see. Thanks for the inspirations.

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  2. Thank you for your comments Sandy! I really appreciate it.

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  3. It may seem too busy to your eye but to me it's beckoning. I like that word. Carry on, Missy. :)

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  4. Thanks Nancy! It was a beautiful spot, but I think what it was, is that it's just not my style for photography. It would be a difficult and not very satisfying scene to hand-color. That could be a whole other blog post.

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  5. Being in the moment, just you and nature... Ahhh... what a good thing. Great post, Dianne, and great photos too.

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