Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stretching to Fill the Frame - a Photography Lesson

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.


10 comments:

  1. Lovely photo, Indie. And thanks for the tip - I'm going now to check out Gardening Gone Wild.

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  2. How beautiful! It is a photograph that has worked perfectly for you. You explained it really well and it is got me thinking now!!

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  3. All are great photos! Good lesson. I am guilty of not being patient enough. Most of my photos are worthless and end up deleted. I am very grateful for digital cameras!

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  4. I love that photo...perfect! It looks like a star for us to make our fall and winter wishes! Good luck!

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  5. Love your photo's! Patience is something we can learn from photography and gardening...glad I do both so I can learn that lesson twice!
    Thanks for the share!

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  6. Beautiful Colors! I also really like the photo with the orange and purple flowers. A wonderful representation of the seasons!

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  7. Your photography is beautiful..that is something I need to work on. It takes a lot of patience...something I'm short on.

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  8. Wonderful photos! I am also keen to learn some more about using my camera, I do love taking pictures but still don't know what any of the settings are for! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  9. I agree, blogging has been about the camera as well as the plants. We now see things in our plants that normally pass us by. Most of them are even more beautiful than we give them credit for...beautiful snaps xx

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  10. Thanks for the kind comments :) I am still learning how to fully use my camera as well. I would love to take a class sometime! Thank goodness for digital cameras for us learners!

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