Sunday, September 11, 2011
Orange Seat on Green Pavement
The most recent and the next few pics I will post are studies in color. They are exercises designed to make the eye/mind aware of color in the world and to experience that flash of perception that recognizes the aesthetic quality of these colorful things. Then transfer that perception into photographic form, which is to a large extent a process of subtraction.
Our field of vision is like a very wide-angle lens, (without the distortion) in terms of peripheral vision and what we are capable of "seeing," but our mind is constantly reducing that field to a much smaller area that we focus on. In other words, when we see a beautiful or interesting scene, the mind edits out the extraneous information. But a camera by itself cannot do that. This is why the casual shooter is so frequently disappointed that the pictures don't depict the experience, and why the successful photo depends on, usually consciously, subtracting the peripheral from the central in framing an image.
In the book I am reading, this is called "forming the equivalent." It's where vision and technique meet. I know in a lot of shots I look at after going out shooting, the technical stuff is great, the vision needs work. In other shots the vision is fine, but the technique needs work - the exposure is wrong, the depth of field is too shallow or too deep, the shutter speed too slow, those kinds of things. I'm still struggling to integrate all these variables.
Practice may not make perfect, but it makes better...