I have always enjoyed taking pictures as a hobby but admit that I had lost touch with the joy of photography. I took this course as an elective and a way to clear my mind before my Capstone. I found that getting back to nature and the purity of the world around me has helped me on the way back to finding my center. A photograph is life capture within a frame and as a photographer the frame “depends on two things: “knowing the principles of design, and the experience that comes from taking photographs regularly. Two combine to form a photographer’s way of seeing things, a kind of frame vision that evaluates scenes from real life as potential images” (Freeman, 2007, p.9). A good photograph is not created from happen stance, but by searching for the most powerful part of the shot and using a basic set of skills to bring out the visual emotion within the frame.
In order to do so, the basics are ingrained in the photographer’s mind and eye. For example, a novice sees the subject squarely in the center of a rectangular frame and tends to photograph “head on” as in a portrait, but the interest of a photo may be what is happening elsewhere in the shot. Using the guides of dividing the frame in quadrants, switching orientation from horizontal to vertical and placing the subject lower or higher within the frame can have a dramatic effect on the way the human eye senses the photograph. As seen on page 15 of The Photographer’s Eye, Freeman shows in the photograph of a stack of large clay pots that you can shoot vertical subjects in a horizontal frame but in order to add interest the main subject should be off center and therefore cause the eye to look horizontally across the frame. I used this technique within this course when shooting the trees of fall and a pond near my house. By framing with the limbs along the side, I created a diagonal tension and caused the eye to flow around the entire frame, see Figure 1.
Through this course, I started seeing the picture within the picture by finding a point to best crop a photograph in order to achieve different emotion reactions to a photograph. The lens of my camera has a 5.0 to 75.0mm zoom capability but I have learned that I long for finer detail in close shots and the ability to have more definition in long-range shots. Using techniques in the course, I realize that I am missing much of the fine details of photography by not having this capability to capture the “bee on the flower” details. To compensate for the shortcoming, I allow my eye to find another subject of the photograph and allow the rest of the photograph to blur thus emphasizing the subject more without the finer zoom detail. Such is the goal of Figure 2 shot with a low frame of the fence and drawing the eye up to the foggy, frosty pond above.
Many of the photos I took of the trees of fall...