Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Photography Confessions

Photography has always held a certain appeal for me. Influenced by a mother who always had a camera in her hand, I saw the value in trying to capture the moments in our lives that mean more to us in retrospect. As the cameras became better and I became more adept, I learned to see with a 'camera eye'.

A camera lens copies what it sees, not what our human eye ignores. A 'camera eye' discerns what is going to result in a better photograph at the moment the image is taken. The clutter, the poor lighting and the details we may ignore will be there unless we consider composition, lighting and framing. Whether the object is human or not, clutter distracts from the object we are trying to highlight.

Clutter can be excess people, distracting light reflections, or just too much irrelevant 'stuff' in an image. Some clutter you can eliminate, some you cannot, but by changing your position relative to the object, you can often get a better result. And, sometimes, you just need to enjoy the surprising results. 


Repairs to Fort Jefferson, The Dry Tortugas, by DG Hudson


In the image above, Fort Jefferson, on the Dry Tortugas is a fort being restored after suffering the effects of many storms and age.  This image utilizing perspective shows the repaired sections of different colors and the moat surrounding part of the fort. When taking the image, I wanted to show the repair - a slow and tedious job performed by workers who stay on the island for a period of time, 70 miles away from the mainland.

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Pont Neuf, Paris, France by DG Hudson


In this image of the Pont Neuf in Paris, the buildings almost appear to be on the bridge itself rather than in the distance.  I liked the effect which is only marred by the vehicles which were on the bridge at the time.  I was focusing on the bridge construction and noticed the effect afterwards. This is one of my favorite bridges and the oldest in Paris.


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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, by DG Hudson


In the ants-eye view of the Eiffel Tower, you can see the parallel wings of the Trocadero in the distance and a distorted view from beneath the icon of Paris. I wanted to capture the effect of being underneath the structure. The blue building on the left is the entrance to the elevator tram which takes you up to the first level.


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Charlemagne Sculpture, Notre Dame Square, Paris by DG Hudson

Charlemagne and his men in the image above are joined by pigeons who also wanted to be in the photograph. Did I notice the pigeons when taking the image? Not really, I wanted to capture the sculpture in Notre Dame Square. It is a natural image, however, as pigeons hang out here to get a few crumbs from the many visitors who stop for a quick snack and short rest.

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Do you study your images when you upload them? Have you had surprises, capturing effects you weren't aware of?

Please share in the comments, and let me know you dropped by! Thanks for visiting, I'll respond.  I apologize for the lack of frequent posts, but I'm checking in when I can.

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12 comments:

  1. Everyone's always told me I have an eye for photography, which I've been doing since I got my first Kodak instamatic in the 8th grade. I have noticed things in my pics a few times. I took an icicle pic a couple of years ago and got photobombed by a seagull flying overhead but the resulting picture was great.

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    1. Yes you do have a camera eye, JoJo, and I love learning about other places from blogger friends via their photos.

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  2. I am often surprised by something in my photos I had either not noticed, or had been unaware of the impact.
    A learning experience. Which has to be a good thing.
    Love your photos.

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    1. As I often love your photos, EC! Some of my fave photos were surprises to me. It makes me love my camera.

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  3. We bought a new camera last summer before our family went to Switzerland to visit our daughter and her family. What a place to learn camera skills.
    I appreciate your suggestions.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Ah, Switzerland, I would love to visit there.

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  4. Oh, Pont Neuf! I want to stand there one day. Beautiful photos. For some reason the camera never quite captures what I'm after with my eye, but it could be because I really only ever use my iPhone. :D

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    1. Better to get an image with your iPhone than to get no image at all, LG! I hope you do get to see the Pont Neuf, and a few others in Paris too. My heart aches for the trouble in France right now.

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  5. It's funny, I didn't even notice the pigeons until you mentioned them, but then they were so obvious I don't know how I could have missed them. Absolutely LOVE that Eiffel Tower shot.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Pigeons want to go down in history too, but they aren't my favorite bird. . .

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  6. That's a good point -- our eyes can ignore some things that we'll see later. Reminds me of editing...

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  7. I seem to lack the patience for putting together a good photo like the ones you have here in this post. Just point and shoot and hope a good picture comes out in the end is my method and rarely does it work. You do nice work with the camera.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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