Sometimes very simple everyday items can be very beautiful. The trick is to isolate them from their surroundings. (In this case a cluttered restaurant table.)
The following two photos I took this morning on our walk around Green Cay, a birding hot spot in Delray Beach. Each started out in color and, if I may say, so looked OK that way. However I processed them in B&W because by stripping away the color just the light, shape and form of each image could sing a clearer song.
These really are lampshades that were on display in a rather dark tent at an agricultural fair this summer. I cropped and increased the contrast in the photograph to show a few that looked good together and then darkened the background enough so only the lit shades stood out. (This was done in Lightroom.)
Nothing else was manipulated.
Being a camera junkie for a long time, gives me a perspective based on buying, trying and then selling an obscene amount of them. I am an avid reader of reviews and sexy advertisements that, more than I’d like to admit, often seduce me into getting yet another technological marvel that I end up not really liking.
What I am finally beginning to realize is, what a camera can do as a piece of gear, can be light years away from how you the photographer want to use it.
For example. Reviews of cameras and lenses put a ton of emphasis on image sharpness. Tack sharp images are great to be sure but how one goes about getting them may not be worth it. A Nikon D800 with its big sensor and a huge Leica Otis lens may gather more detail by far than a Sony RX-10 or Lumix FZ-1000, but if you are traveling and don’t want to lug all that weight around, does sharp detail still trump convenience and ease of use?
Also, what about fixed lens vs interchangeable lens cameras? Fixed ones generally require more deliberation and care about what and how to shoot a subject. On the other hand with a bag full of prime lenses or a few zooms, recording the subject is much easier. Again at the expense of more weight and maybe even sufficient forethought about the desired final image.
Finally, how much you actually enjoy using your camera counts for a hell of a lot. The newest the greatest gear may look terrific on paper but if it feels awkward in your hand and you have a hard time getting to the controls you like to use, forget it!
Love your camera. You’ll take better photographs with a friend.
It all depends where you look doesn’t it?
I say this because this photograph came about as I was looking for a place to take a picture of a lovely little stream running along a garden path. My first thought was to compose one showing a portion of the rivulet as it bubbled over some rocks near where I was standing. However as I bent down to adjust the camera I saw a little eddy right near my foot where tiny bubbles formed themselves into little floating mats that swirled around and sometimes engulfed nearby leaves.
I watched this dance for quite a long while and this is the result.