Archive for the 'Landscapes' Category

Nov 06 2010

Patterns in the sand

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Afghanistan Sand Pattern, originally uploaded by Michael Walters.

This one is a bit old but still relevant. The photograph was taken about 100 miles northeast of where I currently am.

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Nov 04 2010

Do the work

It’s time…time to jump the rut.  This last year been incredibly busy but I won’t use that as an excuse.  Neither will I complain that my current job doesn’t allow me to carry a camera at all times…not even my iPhone.

Just about every waking moment I spend thinking about light, looking at everything around me for possibilities, pre-visualizing compositions, exploring new techniques (in my mind), reading everything I can get my hands on, etc.

Days and days then pass and I haven’t even created a single photograph.  Not one.  Lack of inspiration is not the culprit.

When I don’t have any external pressure to produce new images I can sometimes go for weeks without taking a photograph.

So I think I’ll force myself to start posting here again more regularly.  Hopefully that will develop into the creation of new photographs.  And if I can’t find anything new, well, then I’ll post something old.

At least the good news is I’m not sure anyone else really looks at these posts.  So if I repeat myself, or repost something old, I will probably be the only one that knows. But hey, at least I’ll be doing the work.

This is not one of those cases where I was pre-visualizing, marvelin at great light, or contemplating a great composition.  I was a passenger.  Along for the ride.  Nothing to see but dust and harsh sunlight.  There aren’t even shadows.

But on this rare occasion I did have my iPhone with me…and ready.  Heck, these days, anytime I can have a camera with me I’m ready, ready for anything.

I saw the camels ahead of the vehicle on the left, braced the iPhone on my shoulder and hoped my timing would suffice.

I like the graphic and simple look.

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Nov 01 2010

New Perspectives

As I approached this photograph, I tried to keep two things in mind. What is my connection to the scene before me? And how do I express my feelings without bringing too much of the medium of photography into the final image.

As I have l become to understand, I tend to be very medium-based in my photography. So I was forced to push those tendencies aside and capture images that I not only connected with but also represent a Pictorial Nature.

I went to a nearby location that has a connection for me. I have photographed here countless times.  However, this time I didn’t approach it with the beauty and grandeur that I normally do.  No need to capture the grand scenic landscape this time.

I limited myself to a fixed focal length lens and tripod in order to slow down and connect with the scene. No fancy techniques, rapid drive-bys, or zoom blurs here.  Additionally, I went in the middle of the day without regard to the dramatic and colorful lighting I would normally seek. My intent was to capture the scene as it is and not force any extrinsic components into the image.

The ability to stand before a scene and capture an image without regard to the commercial viability of the final image or the possibility for public popularity was enlightening.

I was able to let go of the normal aesthetic and formal intents of my usual photography and simply engage the scene and create an image I had in my mind. I didn’t need to worry about whether or not it was of publishable quality or if the gallery would be interested in showing the photograph.

In the end this final photograph came out almost exactly as I had envisioned it in my mind.

Check back soon as I plan to publish a book review here.  David duChemin and Craft & Vision are producing some amazing ebooks at prices that can’t be beat.

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