Ever hear your parent telling you not to directly look into the sun? Well, I went against that advice throughout this assignment. After reviewing the tips that were suggested in the weekly summary from David duChemin’s book, I decided to focus on two: Look to the light and Change My Perspective By Changing Yours.
Look to the light technique
In terms of taking photos, I tend to be drawn to capturing images that involve nature. Before I completed this assignment, I already had an immense amount of photos that I took when I went on my walks or hikes. Although, when I was taking photos then, I was not paying close attention to how the light encapsulates and affects everything else around the photo. So, this week I grabbed some sunglasses and began becoming friends with the sun.
One photo that I am proud of was taken when I went on a walk this week in Huntley Meadows. I was feeling pretty defeated when it came to capturing nature and the sunlight shining through since it was a pretty cloudy day, but I had to take advantage of it when the sun did eventually breakthrough. So, I grabbed a dandelion that was in the ground and held it up directly up to the sun.
I was able to manipulate the subject I was using which was the sun, to be able to illuminate the dandelion. After some trial and error shots, I was able to learn when light works and when it does not, based on reading duChemin’s tips. Here are a couple of my failed attempts:
I should also add that I do not have a very steady hand which made some shots a little shaky. Additionally, I enjoyed this technique and I am proud of the finished product. Overall, learning how to utilize light challenged me to make decisions in terms of when it is appropriate to use a bright light and when it is not to make a photo successful.
Change My Perspective By Changing Yours
For this technique, I wanted to challenge myself to see how close I could get to something and highlight different attributes about it in the photo. I was taking a walk in Huntley Meadows (again) and saw this huge tree covered in green moss. The tree caught my eye immediately and I wanted to try and emphasize the details of the moss as best as I could.
I thought of it as trying to act like a worm or ant and capture what those insects would see if they were on this mossy tree. I took all my photos on my iPhone 7, so I do not have the best camera quality and it takes a couple tries to get it to focus, but I think my photo turned out well in terms of seizing the texture of the green moss in relation to changing my perspective.
Another photo where I tried this technique, was squatting down next to a field of plants and seeing how that would allow me to gain more exposure to the area around it.
Through changing the perspective of where I was taking the photo, I gained a deeper depth of the area surrounding me and was able to capture the intensity of the plants that grew around the meadow. I made sure that my hands were still and I was at an angle that would also capture the sky that was above me which aided the perspective that I was aiming to achieve.
All in all, I believe that trying different angles and perspectives in photos can alter the audience’s view into something much more meaningful than just taking a photo straight on. With that being said, I think that I was able to capture different details that were surrounding me in the area that I may not have noticed before, and therefore, change what I wanted my audience to see.