Often our approach to photographing a subject is to capture it on impulse. This
strategy can result in excellent photographs. However, after capturing the moment,
this strategy often leads to a photographer wondering what's next. One alternative
is to study an area for awhile in order to become familiar with the environment and
its affect on the subject. This is an excellent way to capture a feeling and also
witness how subjects change under different lighting and atmospheric conditions.
However, this approach takes time which many of us do not have if we are not
pursuing photography as a full time profession. What often happens next is that we
as photographers fall into the creative slump. I have come to realize after
actively pursuing photography for thirty years that the opportunities nature offers
are without limit, the creative works seen in all areas of the Outdoor Eyes Website are
testimony to this fact. Personally, I have concluded that it is usually my
approach to the environment and subject matter within the environment that causes
the creative malaise.
One relatively unproductive day while photographing at Sandy Hook National
Recreation Area and being stuck in a photographic rut, I noticed how the reeds would
blow in the wind and create designs in the sand and it occurred to me that nature is
really the artist here, using a combination of light, wind and texture (i.e., sand
as a canvas) to create a work of art. From that time on whenever I visited Sandy
Hook I questioned what nature was trying to do with its artistic tools. I soon
discovered that my photographic trips to this area were much more productive when I
observed the environment with this approach. Let me be clear, I am not dismissing
the value of impulse or the study of an area as approaches that can lead to
wonderful photos. I am suggesting that, at least in my case, viewing an area by
asking how the tools of nature were used to create an interesting subject has
resulted in more usable images per trip than just going to a location and observing.
As an additional bonus I soon realized that many subjects can be approached from
this viewpoint with slight modifications based upon the existing environment. For
example, when photographing structures it helps to consider when it was built, who
built it, the technology and social climate at the time of construction and any
other items that contributed to its creation. I have also come to realize that a
photographic trip to an area can be even more productive if this approach is
combined with the study of an area over time to achieve an even higher production of
successful images when compared to using each of these approaches independently.
I'm not sure how much everyone else's creative mind is like mine but I hope that you
at least try this approach and see if you are surprised at the results.
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Love The Buffleheads At Rock Harbor On Cape Cod!
I love watching the black and white Buffleheads as they swim about and dive for food at Rock Harbor during the winter months. They get pretty spooked when you get near them and tend to fly away. (Click on blog link to see other photos.) But if you stand up on the dock at Rock … Continue reading Love The Buffleheads At Rock Harbor On Cape Cod!
Kayaking Fisherman At Nickerson State Park On Cape Cod.
We watched this fisherman launch his kayak at Cliff Pond the other day. I thought, perhaps, it might be an interesting photograph. (Click on blog link for full photo.) I waited until he was a ways from shore and took some photographs. I loved this one with the beautiful puffy clouds in the background. What … Continue reading Kayaking Fisherman At Nickerson State Park On Cape Cod.
Gorgeous Views Of Rock Harbor On Cape Cod.
Rock Harbor is almost iconic with its unique views of Cape Cod Bay and the very distinct channel markers that mark the channel going into Rock Harbor that look like trees growing in the water. The channel markers have not been taken out yet this year… maybe because it has not been cold enough so … Continue reading Gorgeous Views Of Rock Harbor On Cape Cod.