Saturday, February 21, 2009

The artist in me? It's weird. I have never really considered myself an artist yet I have this desire to use my camera to create art. I'm not really sure if that counts or not. Artists to me were always a different breed. I'm a geek and very science oriented and I've always felt that art is something separate and different. Instead of a simple shot of city hall I take this one which is a picture of the building reflected in one of the large Christmas balls adorning the city's Christmas tree this past Christmas. I do this because I think it's artistic. Does that make me an artist?
Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wow! I cleaned the space for use and then promptly forgot about it! Doh!

Snapped this one after a trip to Sir Sanford Flemming Park. I was driving my shooting partner back to his house when I caught this group of ducks squeezed into this little stream. This could have been a good photo but it isn't. Here's why:

1) The shadow in the foreground really messes up the view. It takes up about 1/3 of the photo but it's not showcasing anything. There's no reason for it to be there. It just is.

2) The ducks are so far away that you really can't tell what they are. Ideally I would have been down on the bank of the stream and got a nice close up of some of the ducks with the rest of them trailing off into the distance.

3) Exposure is off. The left hand side is clearly over-exposed.

All in all, a great photo opportunity wasted. I know what was going through my mind at the time. I'm parked on the side of the street and my shooting partner is sitting in the car and I stopped to just take a quick shot. I recognized the possibilities as I was driving by but never took the time to do it right. I really need to slow down and take my time. Work on composition more. Double-check exposure. Once I get better at that these quick shots will be better.
Posted by Picasa