Photo contests/shows are part of any photographer’s journey. Another stage as they hone their craft. For many, it is a wonderful foray into learning how to show your work. It’s also an opportunity to learn about honest perception from strangers.
It is not always easy. Many times, it can be quite eye opening. Your experiences from this will be invaluable to you going forward.
Understanding perception is important. It is a topic I will cover in a future post. This post focuses on lessons that must be mastered before we get to perception. This is the lesson of dealing with rejection.
There are a few traps that we photographers fall into at times that hinder our creativity. Perhaps the main trap often encountered is following rules especially when it comes to composition.
The four main rules most often considered are the rule of thirds, reading an image from left to right, avoiding having the horizon centered and finally, not putting the center of interest in the center of the image. All are valid, however if you disregard these rules and the image in the end, “works”, is not the image a valid one?
Most macro photographers would walk right by this great opportunity and not see the artwork waiting there for you. Here are two images of a small tree and a branch that has fallen during some high winds. I find these a lot where I shoot and always check any interesting combinations of dying leaves. Love the way they curl as they go through the dying stage.
Ice, Hudson River / Canon 60D, 0.5 sec @f/18, 17mm, ISO 100
A very familiar location, but always enlightening to realize how infinitely variable it can be. Whether composition, light, mood, feel, or most importantly my own willingness to see these things clearly. That for me has become the biggest challenge, as well as the most rewarding aspect of landscape photography, especially in familiar locations. The willingness to be open to the moment, and see more than what is apparent at first.
For this week’s Podcast, I’ve put together a quick video to show you the new Gura Gear Bataflae 32L camera bag. As a long time user of the Kiboko bag, I’m happy to say that the Bataflae actually improves on perfection. Anyway, links are below, but here’s the video. Don’t forget to select the HD version under the cog-wheel in the video settings and go full screen!
The thing I love about Gura Gear is not only the heavy duty material and compact frame, but the pure amount of packing options. Including, the ability to strap a tripod to the middle back of the bag. The video tells all. Simple, easy and very mobile.
Every other week Outdoor Photo Gear will be hosting a caption contest and will be giving away one awesome prize to the best entry. The contest will be judged by the entire staff at OPG based on the following; creativity, originality (from other posts) and comedic value.
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with headlines and news that is filled with negativity or just plain old doom and gloom. And worse, it all happens so quickly in this fast-paced, internet, smart phone, iThis and iThat world. Volumes of information are sent our way from all kinds of sources. Blogs, websites, social media, advertisers came at us from all ends. It’s an “I need it now” world, and like it or not, most of us fall victim to these anomalies, often not knowing it.
Recently I have been writing as well as stressing in my photography workshops, that we must slow down, and “be into the zone” in order to attain the right state of mind that will give us the chance to create artistic images when we are out in the field.
Today, we have at our fingertips the most advanced equipment that our pocketbooks will allow us to purchase. We can process image with unthought-of technology non-existent, just a few years ago. This is useless unless we embody the creative process.
With all of this technology surrounding us, many photographers ignore the need for creativity and imagination and rely on the technology to produce the end product. This is what I call the “I can fix it in Photoshop” mentality. This is a prescription for failure. Unless we use the right side, or cognitive side of our brains, our creativity will be forever stymied. How do we do that? Read on.