Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Unstable Surfaces

Tim and I were invited out on the boat Sunday for a leisure cruise around the Charleston Harbor. It was such a beautiful day but boy was it cold. Out on the water, with temperatures in the 50's was a bit much for me but Tim made sure I had plenty of layers to keep me warm. For the past couple of weeks, my camera has not been getting much use so I was excited for the another great opportunity to get some unique pictures. The day did not disappoint. I had several opportunities for close encounters with several birds and the scenery was great as well. Although, being on a boat provided an extra challenge by having an ever changing environment under my feet. But I was ready for the challenge. Here are a few of my best:

And this could be my most favorite picture that I have EVER taken:

After we left the pack of birds, I started thinking about the photo contest I would like to enter. The theme of the contest is "Angles and Shapes." Not a lot of these out on the open water so I started taking pictures of things a little closer to me and I have to say I like what I came up with:

But I think the winner will be entitled "Stars and Stripes":

Overall, it was a great afternoon sail and catching up with friends. Stay tuned for our next big adventure!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

In The Eye Of The Beholder

Abstract photography was an idea that came to me during a photography contest. Every two weeks a new theme is introduced and you have the following two weeks to think of an idea and take the picture. This particular week was entitled "Orton Photography." After scratching my head for a second and then googling Orton Photography I found that there are several different styles of this "abstract" photography to explore. I thought about skipping the competition this particular week but after playing around this idea for awhile, I came up with a picture I really enjoyed:

Needless to say I did not win. However, it got my brain thinking a little. Here are a few that I took around that time:

After awhile, I grew a little tired of taking pictures of flowers and ran out of ideas of how to shoot in this abstract way without them all looking the same. But it has always been a thought in the back of my mind when Tim and I go out taking pictures. There is something about this type of art that I truly enjoy. There are a couple of reasons I think I like this photography:

1) There is no specific way it has to look. I don't have to worry about is it focused or is it focused on the right things. All I have to do is push the button and play around with the settings on the camera to see what I can come up with.

2) No one has to know what I am actually taking a picture of. It could honestly be something in my backyard and no one would know. Kinda fun!!

3) It can be a pure expression of what I like. When I am editing pictures of landscapes or architecture, I always have in the back of my mind, "would someone else like this picture enough to buy it?" If the answer is "No" I keep editing until the answer becomes a "yes" or the picture just does not make the cut. However, with abstract photos, you either like the style or you don't. The picture is actually irrelevant. If these colors match your kitchen and you like more abstract art, I have just sold a picture. Because of this, the pressure is removed and I am free to play around however I want.

After a few months of not taking any abstract photos, we went to Nashville and my curiosity got the best of me. We were staying on Broadway Street, which is like Main Street in any other town. Right across the street from the hotel was an old train station that had been turned into a hotel. IT WAS AMAZING!!

(you will see the picture again in an architecture blog)

The first night we were there, Tim and I got the cameras and the tripod out and started playing around with different settings and different types of photos. Oh goodness....I don't know if I have ever been this excited about posting my pictures. I love it!!! With a little technique and just a little editing, I have created some of my most interesting pictures...at least in my opinion :). Here are a few...or maybe all of the pictures I took. Sorry for so many pictures...again, really excited!!

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I do. Let me know what you think!!!