Walking at Work Week 8
This is my second week using the Lens Baby Composer (old version). It’s different than my typical lens in that it requires manual focus and, of course, has the ability to bend in ways that result in some interesting visual effects.
At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.
This one was made entirely by the book covers. I liked the glimpse it gave of how she spent her time on the bus. I’m not exactly sure where this bus comes from but it drops off a number of people each day and it is an interesting group. “That mother . . . . just took our picture.” Closest to drama I’ve gotten thus far although I have been accused of being with the FBI and/or police with the stranger photo series. I still find the colors of the leaves to be impressive. I particularly like them over bricks and cobblestones. Lots of personality in that stride. The lens flare may be a bit over the top but I liked the imperfections in combination with the sic semper tyrannis in the background. We found this snake while wandering around in the woods. It was one that releases a rather unpleasant musk when it’s unhappy. The kids handled it for a while anyway. I like the mix here of the curve of the snakes neck, the pattern of the scales, and the variety of textures. The brightness of autumn leaves and rain slick cobblestones . . . There’s so much properness here. She is headed someplace, probably church. There’s also something about vines and bricks. A lot of the things […]