What I don't know about photography could be the subject of many books, I'm sure. Blogging, however, has given me an unexpected interest in the art of photography. I have really enjoyed exploring a whole new world that the camera can capture.
Saxon Holt over at Gardening Gone Wild has challenged us to concentrate on 'filling the frame' this month. His photography lesson has given me much to think about, and several lessons have hit home with this challenge. Taking pictures with more awareness of what exactly you want in the frame make for much better photos (and much less cropping!)
In looking over my pictures for a suitable photo for the photo challenge, the first lesson that was brought home was that I should be more patient. (Isn't that a lesson we always need to learn?) I was dismayed to see how many photos I had that were not focused well. Sometimes it was due to not having the right lens, but many times it was due to my tendency to just click away without really taking my time.
Another pointer Saxon Holt talked about is using negative space to help frame a picture. This was very interesting, as I had never even thought about negative space before.
The ultimate lesson was, however, to let the frame tell the story that you want to convey and only that story. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all. Which brings me to my entry in the 'Fill the Frame' photo contest. This next picture is my story of transitioning from the end of a beautiful summer into the beginning of a glorious fall. Hopefully, the photo says it all.