Red River Paper Blog
By Arthur H. Bleich–
I rarely just wander around looking for good pictures. Instead, I almost always have a clearly defined goal in mind when I sling my Pentax over the shoulder and set out for a shooting session. For example, doing a series of images at the town’s train station in the early morning light, catching some action at a kid’s soccer game or shooting a summer band concert down by the river– thematic subjects like that.
But, like many of you, I sometimes take my camera with me when going for a walk and that’s when I stay alert to whatever may be in my path. I’ve found that the key to capturing interesting images is to challenge myself to find subjects that are usually ignored or, if seen at all, are rejected because they appear to have no photographic potential.
The following examples show three images and how they evolved from seeing possibilities that most photographers would probably overlook. Just keep your eyes open, move in, and isolate the key elements. Who says you can’t turn lead into gold!
Example One: Final Image
Before printing the final image (see “Rope and Wood” above), I rotated it as a vertical and everything fell together perfectly. The result is a beautiful fine art image with nice contrast between two textures and colors; the rough bright yellow line and the silvery, smooth weathered wood. Tip: Always rotate an abstract image to see which way it looks best. It’s not always the way you shot it that will produce the most pleasing picture.
Example Two: Final Image
I then moved in really close, bent down and shot it from a low angle to allow the sun to skim it (see Gatekeeper above). It’s probably the only image ever taken of it since no one has probably even noticed it to this day. It reminds me of the poor knight doomed to forever guard the Holy Grail in the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade.
Example Three: Final Image
This is an image of a ghost ship– or is it? Keeping his eyes open, Photography Workshop Cruise student Chuck Hoole was about to turn the faucet on; instead he grabbed his camera and made the shot. Then he cropped it, tinted it blue and won a prize for it.