Developing Curiosity

...continued from Shooting into the Light

Of course, you don't need to head off to the coast looking for sailing boats to find something to shoot into the light, unless you want to of course. Put an object on a window sill and photograph from inside out works just the same, find a tree in the middle of a park or field, somewhere you can shoot from 360 degrees. What is important is the principle, the technique and the way of looking at the world. 

With the introduction of mobile apps giving you the best time and direction from which to shoot, for instance, the Eiffel Tower now available, we come onto another characteristic of all good photographers - Curiosity 

Curiosity is both vital and extremely valuable, forget technical skills, expensive equipment, around the world plane tickets, curiosity is worth all of the above put together and levels the playing field. What does it look like from the other side? what's just around the corner? if I come back this afternoon how will the light affect what I'm shooting? what if I shoot it from the top of that hill or building?

Exercise 3

Developing Curiosity

This exercise is designed to challenge the ordinary. Familiarity breeds not so much contempt, more acceptance that what we see is all there is. We take for granted things we see every day, they hold no mystery for us, they become ordinary

Part 1

Take your camera out and photograph everything and anything you can indirectly, that is to say, only photograph reflections. Reflections can be seen everywhere, in glass, in water, in buildings, ponds, rivers, lakes etc. or any reflective surface such as a the bonnet or mirror of a vehicle, on the pavement after rain. You need to become aware of them, once you do you will begin to see them everywhere, as they are all around you

Example

 

 to be continued...

 

 




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