Another installation of thoughts with Kat on where/what/how/and why my eye is doing what it's doing. Thanks Kat, you're giving my eye a brain of its own. Want to find your eye? Start your own journey?....Click on the button and visit Kat's site.
This latest challenge was about light. That's the good news. The tricky part was doing a photo shoot in the kind of light you normally don't use. Oh crap. Now I'm going to have to work hard.
I love light. Light is normally my biggest inspiration. I catch myself out driving near the end of the day thinking "the light is perfect RIGHT now! I need to photograph something, anything, right NOW!" It really doesn't matter what it is; most any object in beautiful golden light looks desirable to shoot and the window of time is quite short before the light runs out.
I went off at 11:30 a.m. to shoot in harsh midday light feeling like a vampire out of element. I almost never shoot in the middle of the day so this exercise was difficult for me. I tied it in with a dog walk for my sweet Tula, making it doubly difficult because I'm rarely "inspired" on this particular walk. It is a long and narrow path through woods and near tidal marshes. It is pretty, but I've photographed it a billion times and am just bored with it. Funny, Tula never seems to be bored with this locale nor hampered by time of day.
Stop and Stare
While I was walking I tried taking images in the bright sun. My heart wasn't in it. Ugly flowers, playing with DOF, shadows from plant leaves against my jeans, yelling at Tula to stop rolling in something, curvy stream through the marsh grasses....blah, blah, blah and blah. It felt very forced.
I noticed that I was more comfortable in the shadier areas where arching trees provide a canopy from the sun...a more dappled effect, but still it felt forced. I looked down and had just 43 images, and thought, "I'll never get to 100 images here".
I couldn't tell if I'd selected a poor venue or it was the midday light that was killing my desire. I love shooting photos, but having my heart in the process is a big part of the process; absent photography's appeal runs dry.
This path isn't a loop....it's one you walk up and turn around and walk back. My luck started to change a bit on the return. I was happy for this young man headed toward the beach.....a little distraction from the frustration. I could see that bright sun up ahead.
But the sky had changed while I was in the woods. Suddenly the clouds were really appealing. I played with them a lot. I used proportion making the sky the prominent feature in my images. It looks like the walking path might flow up into that path at the bottom of the clouds.
Across the Sky
I also experimented with goofy angles....why not?
And just before Tula and I reached the end of the trail, I was able to capture this butterfly. I've been trying to "catch" one for about a month now. You just never know. I also had 89 photos on my memory card-not bad for an uninspired walk. Not only that, my dog was exercised.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on working with light. But will confess, I'm ready to do a late day shoot.