My Photography Blog covers everything about photography including topics such as shooting and post processing techniques, composition and book reviews. 

 

If I Could Turn Back Time - Volume ThirteenIf I Could Turn Back Time - Volume ThirteenSweden, January 2017  
My current passions is shooting long exposure landscapes and landscapes utilizing intentional camera movement to create a variety of abstract and impressionistic images.

 

 

 


 

Can Your Eyesight Literally Affect Your Photography ?

July 30, 2017  •  1 Comment

You might find this question kind of odd and wonder how on earth I came up with it, I think it is a valid question though. Short answer to the question, yes to a much higher degree than most realize. Long answer….continue reading.

 

The question has been on my mind for a while, out walking our bitch ‘Nikki’ in the woods I have noticed that I don’t see details very well until I’m pretty close. Since a couple of years back I have +2 reading glasses, something I haven’t dwelled on since, as far as I know, this is not uncommon at the age of 53 or even younger. Yesterday out with Nikki and my wife, when asking my wife at what distance she saw details on the trunks, it really dawned on me how poor my eyesight had become. She saw details much further away, we are talking three or four meters, a considerable difference compared to one meter, the distance I needed.

 

We All See The World Differently

 
GentleGentleSouthern Sweden May 2015  

If you are like me and have a passion for reading books on photography, you have probably come across the maxim “-We all see the world differently, therefore each photograph is unique, it’s your vision, only you can create a photograph the way you do. Go ahead and photograph iconic locations, yours will be unique and therefore worth doing.” Incidentally, I don’t think the last statement is true, there’s a limited ‘need’ for photographs of - for example - Grand Canyon. Even worse, there’s a limited way of shooting it, thus making millions of photos look exactly the same. I’m drifting off topic, let’s continue.

When authors speak on the topic of seeing the world differently and how that affects our photographs, they always refer to the indisputable fact that, due to our life experiences , we actually do see things differently, we even see different things at any given location. In other words, when they say “-We all see the world differently”, they never mean it literally.

The point I’m trying to make is that, depending on our eyesight, we literally see the world differently and that affects not only what and how we photograph, but also how we process our digital negatives. In other words, our style is not only dependent on our experiences in life, the pure physical factor of our eyesight also plays an important role. Not only does it affect the details we see at certain distances, it can also affect how we perceive color, a fact I had never heard of until our daughter told me about it when she started to wear glasses not so long ago.

 
FragileFragileSweden April 2016, Söderåsens National Park.  

With all this in mind, is it possible that I create the photos I do and like the photos I like because it resembles the world as I -literally - see it ? That detail rich photos with saturated colors creates a sensory overload that in turn gives me a sense of a very busy composition, something I know I don’t care for ? If I’m right, does it have any practical implications, what do you think ?

I have to admit that I’m dying to know if my style would change if I saw an optician and got glasses. If I do, I guess I will have to write a follow up to this post.

 

 


Don’t Be Sidetracked By Poor Shooting Conditions

July 12, 2017  •  1 Comment

So….the day comes when you finally get your act together, you check your camera , filters and everything else you need and head out to do some long overdue shooting. You consult the weather forecast, it tells you things aren’t looking good but you go out anyway, sort of hoping for a miracle to happen while you are getting to your location.

Impressions - Volume Forty FourImpressions - Volume Forty FourImpressionist photography utilizing intentional camera movement. At the location you quickly see that no miracle has happen, the light is indeed as dull and uninspiring as you feared to begin with. We are talking ’suicide grey skies’, light that renders the world two dimensional, almost without color. The light is so flat that you fear you have lost your depth perception.

This is when you need to take a depth breath and say to yourself “-I will not let this throw me out of balance, lose focus and start to shoot aimlessly. I will shoot with a purpose, not forgetting basics like exposure and composition.”

For some of you this might feel like I’m stating the obvious, you’ve been there and know what to do. You might not even be distracted by poor shooting conditions. In any case, I think it is an important topic to bring up. Why ? Because the last time I was out in these conditions I got so distracted that not only did I lose my vision, I also basically forgot about composition and exposure from time to time. It was as if it didn’t make a difference, as if I believed no matter what I did, nothing would work because of the light. All this happened on a subconscious level. After a while I managed to gather my thoughts, recognizing I was not paying attention to what I was doing.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t be sidetracked by poor shooting conditions. Be prepared to, if necessary, to chose a different subject, that perhaps is better suited for the conditions. Or, do some traditional long exposure or intentional camera movement photography, my experience is that these types of photography are much more forgiving when it comes to the light, it is as if the extra dimension from the motion blur makes up for the lack of dynamic light.

Impressions - Volume Forty ThreeImpressions - Volume Forty ThreeImpressionist photography utilizing intentional camera movement. To sum up, stay focused, composition, exposure and other basics are -obviously - equally important in all shooting conditions. Also don’t forget, whatever you are shooting, no matter how flat it may come out, there’s always the possibility to do some magic in post production.