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6 New Abstract Shots of Water

 

Water is a fun medium to shoot during the day but at night it is a real challenge.  While the camera focused on the surface of the water it wanted  to pick up the reflections in the water and try to focus on them instead.  I took these photographs strictly for artistic flair.  The challenge was to get the light reflection in the water the way I wanted it.

1.  The focus-  The auto-focus in the camera wanted to keep up focus on the image in the water and not the water itself.  I found that by switching to a manual focus or aiming slightly above my “target” on auto-focus gave me the best results.

2.  Depth of Field  -You want a deep depth of field.  Otherwise your colors will become blurred and out of focus in the water.  You also will not see the top of the water in a continuous way.  Now, this might be your preference and I did take shots that had this quality, however, I liked the ability to tell that water was the subject of the pictures.  It’s really a personal preference.

3.  Exposure-  I used long exposures starting at 1/2 to 3″ .  I had issues with the wind.  Sometimes the wind would pick up causing waves in the pond.  The longer the exposure, the more “out of focus” the picture became.  I also tried ISO’s from 200-800.  One thing was very clear.  Using a tripod is not an option.  I also found that using the timer on the camera allowed me to take the shot without touching the camera.  It was cool in the sense that with the ever-changing environment, I sometimes did not know if I had the setting right or not because I was not looking through the eyepiece at the time of the shot.

Overall, it was an exciting shoot.  I got to work with settings on my camera that I do not normally get to play with.  The thing to remember with night shots is that it may take some experimentation to find the right settings for your camera.  But then again,  that is the fun part of working a shoot.  When was the last time you got to play and take pictures in a creative and fun way?  Why not try your own night shoot?

 

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Does Your Art (Pictures) Make Links?

 

Creating links is an extremely important part of the human experience. Indeed, One definition of culture is how a group of people creates links with their environment and each other while surviving both.  So what does this have to do with your pictures?

Well, do your pictures create links with your audience?

  • Physical Link: Is there a physical link in your photograph?  Things like water, rocks, leafs, or puppies.  People know these objects and find them in the physical world. This provides their link to the photograph.  The picture becomes an experience.

 

  • Emotional Link: Is there an emotional link in your picture?  Color causes emotion and that’s a good place to start.  Ever feel down or sleepy on a gloomy cloudy grey day?  That’s the power of color to cause an emotional response.  Show a picture of a dark hallway to cause fear or suspense or bright sunshine flowing off the petals of a beautiful flower to create happiness. A still lake with reds and blues will create calm. Emotional links in a picture is very powerful.

 

  • Spiritual Link:  This link is tricky as everyone is different and has a very personal link to the divine.  What may work for one viewer may not for another.  The subject of the picture needs to remind the viewer of a religious or personal story they have heard or believe in.  A ray of sunshine bursting through storm clouds or a rainbow may remind people of the story of Noah, or God.  This transmits a feeling of hope.  A picture of a wooden flute with a lotus flower signifies peace and meditation to a Buddhist or Lord Krishna to Hindus.  However, be careful you are not transgressing on a belief or a cultural system of laws.

 

  • Logical Link:  These are patterns and special relationships.  Use the rule of thirds or the Golden Ratio to meet this kind of mind stimulation.  The picture of a chessboard or checkers being played in a park or an ancient Go table with black and white pebbles.  These can create the images that stimulate your thoughts and the logical sides of the brain.

 

Truly great art will contain elements of all 4 links and more.  So there are 2 reasons why people might not like a piece of art.

  1. It has all the links, but your experience with one of them is a negative one.
  2. It’s missing one or more of these elements.

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The idea for this post came from reading parts of Multi-modal Intelligence and Multiple Intelligenceshttp://goo.gl/VRgYl