There is a fairly common photography exercise to teach photographers how to “see.” This morning, after feeling extremely frustrated by all the negative news I was seeing in my Facebook newsfeed, I picked up the camera and went outside for a bit to photograph the beauty that I could find. It is there. And I decided to try the “same subject; 24 images” exercise. I chose 24 as an arbitrary number, but I suppose that number comes from the “good old days” of film photography when we bought rolls of film in either 24 or 36 exposures. In those days, every image counted!
My subject is the Rose of Sharon tree in the front yard. It has more bloom on it this year than I can remember since we transplanted it four years ago. The tree is looking healthy again. I love the color and texture of the bloom, and for now, I am on “eye level” with some of the flowers.
As I looked through the images, I noticed that I tend to up close and personal. I want the textures, the variations in color, the shape to come through. I also tend to look for “transparency” I am going to share only twenty-two of the twenty-eight images I took (okay, give me a break! I’m an ENGLISH teacher, not a mathematician. Forgive me if I can’t count!).
I did minimal editing in Lightroom to improve color, white balance, and contrast. I did crop a few of these to remove some extraneous things that I could not crop out in camera (because I am not tall enough!). I will have to do this more often, and I will have to learn to see differently. (I may be in a rut with the close-up and macro style.)