My Photography

My photography is my hobby.  It is what keeps me thinking and helps fill up my time.  If I am not taking pictures or working on pictures I am usually reading about photography on the web; but that isn’t enough.  I started this blog to create another avenue for keeping busy; but it still isn’t enough.

What I photograph depends upon three factors.  One, I find that I need to like the camera and lens combination.  I have to like to use it.  The weight, ergonomics, build-quality, etc. need to feel right in my hands.  When I go out to gather photographs I carry my camera in my hand most of the time but I use a strap around the wrist or neck for safety reasons in case I drop the camera (it has happened).

The second ingredient is a suitable subject.  I like to make lots of pictures on a daily basis but I don’t like to have to travel far to find them.  During the last two years the bulk of my pictures have been made while walking about the grounds here at Homewood at Plum Creek.  Since I don’t photograph many people in the interests of privacy, I find that my subjects are very limited.  I mostly have to photograph mini landscapes and the sky if I use the images on my blog.

The final factor is that I need to be interested in the complete process of making the picture.  It needs to be fun for me.  Since probably the easiest part of photography is taking the picture, I concentrate on seeing the image as I walk about and then on discovering the picture within the picture as I develop it on my computer.

The above two images are representative of my preferred photography.  While taking one of my recent daily walks I took around a dozen pictures.  The two above were parts of color pictures of a much larger area.  When I looked at them on my computer I wasn’t interested in what I saw.  They were just the same old scenes that I saw almost every day.

One other part of the “interest factor” is simplicity or minimalism.  I tend to prefer simple scenes that aren’t too cluttered.  When confronted with a large image my first reaction is to look for the “picture within the picture”.  I start cropping out subsections of the original picture and then I try various techniques in the development process to eliminate the clutter and confusion.  One of my favorite techniques is to eliminate the color.  I try to draw your eye to the element of the image that first attracted me to take the original picture.

Now you know what I most currently prefer to do with my photography … make images that others didn’t see:

  • Make pictures that can be taken with a hand-held camera that is easy to carry on my walks.
  • Find subjects within walking distance of my home.
  • And use my processing to find and make the image within the picture … images that most wouldn’t have seen the way I saw it, even if they had been standing right next to me when I took the picture.

Some refer to this type of photography as contemplative photography.  If you are interested in seeing what others do in this genre, take a look at this web site.

Do I also like to make other photographs?  Yes, but I have drifted to the above situation because of the confluence of the events of aging, location, economics, etc.

Does this mean that is the only type of pictures I will show in my blog?  No.  I have another over-riding urge and that is to make pictures every day and I don’t usually find the kind I most prefer to make; therefore, I will still occasionally take the more common “snapshots” of whatever goes on around Homewood and use them to fill-in between the images I most enjoy to make.

Getting back to something I mentioned in the first paragraph … my current level of photography isn’t enough to occupy all of my available time.  In addition, I am finding it harder and harder to find subjects to photograph under the limitations I have alluded to above.  I need to find new opportunities to make pictures and to expand my interests.

While I have several ideas in mind, they all have a downside.  Most of them will not expand my immediate opportunities to create pictures for this blog; therefore, the frequency of my blog posts might go down and become more erratic.  My goals will be to find additional outlets for my time that eventually lead to additional photographic opportunities; but in the interim, I should be able to continue to post photographs even though they might be less frequent.  Don’t be alarmed if you see gaps in my posting.  It will be because I’m exploring other things.

7 comments

  1. Royal

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  4. Dee

    I love that you have captured the squirrel, I thought at first it might be a nest, but saw the reality in the full blown one. The tree making that hazy shadow in the water is in such sharp contrast to the vivid cattails in the foreground, I like how this picture came together.

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