Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Good Advice From A Bad Photography Teacher

I once took a photography workshop with a teacher the class thought was, on the whole, pretty bad. However, this person did two really good things: 1, gave us each a black cardboard slide holder (remember slides?), suggesting we go around looking at the world through that little rectangle (brilliant) and; 2, gave us an interesting perspective about shooting on gloomy days. We don't like to shoot on dark, cloudy days, do we?
Noooo, we use it. Saturated colors, soft shapes, mysterious atmospheres. So, boys and girls, get your butts out there, think, see and shoot it. Damn good advice.

So I was out in Forest Park Sunday morning shooting in chilly, dank conditions. While on an empty golf course, I saw the Chase-Park Plaza in the distance through some pines. I'd been taking 3-image HDRs, handheld, with a Canon 50D, ISO 1600, 300mm lens. Not the smartest move. When I downloaded and merged the images, I found that the result was very grainy, Well, duh. But it looked cool. So a little of this and a little of that in Photoshop and this was the result. Once again, Victor really likes it.


Olivier said...

j'aime beaucoup ce style de photo, cela fait un peu comme avec un sténopé, ou mon vieux reflex argentique

brattcat said...

Yes, the way you've treated it imparts an other-worldly aura to the image.

Tara Umm Omar said...

When I first saw the picture, I thought it was from the early 1900s! It even looks like a still picture from a scary movie.

Louis la Vache said...

As Brattcat wrote, "otherworldly".
«Louis» likes it!

cieldequimper said...

Where's the ghost?

Virginia said...

WEll this photography teacher is sending this post to her class ASAP! :) I love it . It's creepy in a good way. When life gives your dark and foggy, go forth and shoot the hell out of it!