Going Green

Well it is proposal season again, which means that my shooting opportunities are a bit limited right now.  So I had to reach back a couple of months to draw upon some images for the blog.  One of the questions we are often asked, is “How do you see the things you take pictures of?  I never see those kind of things.”  Well, it really is a learned technique; you have to force your mind beyond the big scenes into the details.  One of the best ways is one we picked up from Joe Glyda, at Photoshop World.  You have to create your own self-challenge and then just take your camera out and look for that topic.  It can be anything at all, a color, a shape, an age range of people…whatever you can think of.  Roger and I had my wife pick out a topic, before we went to the farmer’s market and she choose “Green”.  So we had 30 minutes to get the best picture of what green meant to us.  You might think it would be fairly easy to get pictures of things that were green and you would be right.  How to make them interesting is far more difficult.  Symmetry is one aspect that can add interest to an image.

The contrast between light and shadows is another.

Finally, my two favorite images from that day used other colors to really make the green feel more vibrant.

All in all, the challenge is in pushing yourself to look at something differently.  Take that challenge and show us the results of your own efforts by posting your 3 best images and your theme on our facebook page.