Week 17 – Compose A Bad Photograph
The challenge of this assignment was to compose a bad photograph
. It had to be well-lit, technically correct. Technical glitches like being four stops over-exposed, or out of focus didn’t count. It’s harder than you might think. What could make a photograph “bad?”
Several good suggestions and ideas came out of this assignment. Ideas ranged from boring, cliché, forgettable subjects with no "gesture," to not being able to figure out the intention or story of the subject, to busy backgrounds that distract your (*Squirrel!!!*
I decided to try an idea where you couldn’t necessarily figure out what the subject was – cobwebs in the rosemary. It was side-lit by the sun (a good technique to bring out detail), but it was so busy with light and dark that even the teacher pulled up short and said,
“Wow, that’s terrible. That’s the kind of picture you might see in an art store, walk up to it, and say something to the effect of ‘Is that Art? Do I like it? Am I supposed to like it?’ Congratulations, you made a terrible one!”
WIN! We all had a good laugh over that one.Week 18 – Asset List
This is a tough one. Make a list of your assets
. I know Don is asking about not just the tangible, as in "gear," but also the intangible, as in people who support you, special knowledge you might have, places your kids know well like ballet school, etc. Here goes nothin’.Tangible – Equipment
• Although I’ve got a history growing up with different cameras, I’ve currently got only one DSLR camera and a [
Piece of Sh... edit: “Not Very Good”
] point-and-shoot. I really should get a second camera before calling myself a Pro. It has something to do about backups on top of backups. (*Grin*)
• I do have some good lenses for the type of shooting I do. I’ve got two kit lenses (one short and one long), which do a nice job. I don’t knock kit lenses. They still out-shoot my last camera. I splurged a little (OK, a lot) and bought the equivalent lenses in f/2.8 for when I need to see in the dark, and for really shallow depth of field shots. I like those sometimes, depending on what I’m shooting.
• I’ve got two small strobe flashes, which I have learned how to use across the past two years. I also bought three Einstein flashes late last year, and have been on the learning curve with them as well.
• I have a few stands to put the lights on, but I still need a couple of boom arms to keep the stands out of some of my shots… I’ve got a couple of umbrellas (could use one or two more), and I have a background stand that I bought from the same guy who sold me the Einsteins.
• I have a garage I can occasionally use for projects, when I’m not using the side of the van as a reflector, of course.Intangibles – Things That Aren’t “Stuff”
This is where it gets tougher. How do I sell myself; what do I know I know?
• I have a wife who doesn’t like to be in front of the camera, but will occasionally help with fleshing out an idea, or even generating one when I can’t. She also rolls her eyes pretty well when she laughs at me.
• I have a passion for various things – people watching, music, dance, math, teaching. I’m a teacher. I have been for 22 years now. I’m used to taking tasks and breaking them down into workable chunks, but I’m not always certain how to apply that to my photography, and yet it applies to photography as well.
• I’m eclectic. It’s all important, and all inter-related.
• I have you guys in Project 52. I don’t discount that. You guys are an inspiration and a support.
• I have a developing eye in my photography towards simplifying subjects from busy backgrounds and distracting elements. I’m still learning that sometimes what is distracting to others isn’t distracting to me, though. The opposite is also sometimes true, in that what I find distracting, others might not even notice.
For this week’s photo, I’ve got a triptych that I made of the eclipse this past weekend. I had two weddings across the weekend, the second one incorporated the timing of the eclipse into their ceremony. One of the pair teaches science. Go figure. We were just that little bit too far south to be center to the shadow’s path. Ah, well. The weddings were lovely. I tried to make a point of staying out of the way of their photographers, but still get some good shots for friends. There were a lot of ballroom dancers in dark rooms – a good way to practice timing, certainly.
The second picture just amuses me greatly. That is all.