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Day 88: The power of suggestion


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Day 88: The power of suggestion

21 Nov 2011 11:52PM   Views : 6477 Unique : 598


As photographers, we often get hung up on the technicalities of a shot, forgetting whatís important about what weíre taking, and why. I think Iím guilty of this more than most, and largely itís down to my competitive streak.

This was taken only minutes after I woke up this morning. Itís no accident that thereís nothing here in focus. There was no point in trying to get details, because the view from my window is not inherently attractive. What mattered was the colours of the sky, and the softness of waking up earlier than youíd like. The foggy window gave a beautiful, soft-filtration effect, giving a lovely glow to the sunrise. Even the water droplets on the window would have felt like a distraction to this, so I defocused the lens, and I didnít worry about holding the camera steady. Because I could only have taken this from where I was stood, I had to compose the shot by choosing the right focal length through the viewfinder. I now leave the 18-270 attached to the camera as a matter of course for exactly this reason. Iím always ready to respond to whatís in front of me.

Sometimes you just have feel your way through an image. I love things like this, because they donít invite technical analysis or in-depth critique. You like it, or you donít, and itís left to the imagination to explain what youíre looking at.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm @ 85mm; ISO 200; F/5.6; 1/4s. VC off.

Tags: Landscape Colour Abstract Tamron 18-270


conrad 18 10.9k 116
22 Nov 2011 8:24AM
Basically this captures your experience without the distraction of the details - I see what you mean, it does work.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
22 Nov 2011 9:17AM
I've found through this blog process that I've felt much easier about posting photos that I wouldn't dream of doing in the gallery. Ones that worked for me in an abstract way or for a specific reason. Some of my favourite photographic moments have been created during this photo365 process, yet I know the photos would get little or no response in our gallery.
SlowSong Plus
14 10.4k 30 England
22 Nov 2011 12:26PM
I love this abstract, a "natural" abstract, not manipulated.
I agree with what Pete says above re the gallery as opposed to a blog. I've just started a photoblog and hopefully I'll keep it up and be able to see more clearly, or not, as the case may be, as I carry on.
Ozzie55 13 9 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 3:32PM
I also agree with the comments so far; there is a quote by Ansel Adams that I think is good to remember as well;

" There are always two people in every picture; the photographer and the viewer"..

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