Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Contemplative Photography is for me. A whole blog post about one photograph

My Nikon P6000 has been a trusty friend.  It is a digital compact camera with a mechanical viewfinder.
Unfortunately the viewfinder is no longer working - and I am forced to shoot blind most of the time because the back screen is awful to use... and I really do wish the camera makers would bite the bullet and provide us with digital compact cameras with proper viewfinders (of course at reasonable prices).

In a photo magazine that John bought us for Xmas, is an article about improving composition in ones photos.

Although many of the photographers documented how they had composed the shots illustrated in the article, .. use of “leading lines,” ignoring rule of 2/3, soft focus in some areas, mimicry of line etc etc….Some of them emphasized that the composition can just come naturally.
The ideas expressed in the style of photography called “Contemplative Photography “ works on exactly that principle. Simply do not compose your shots… just let them happen after enjoying what you have really seen.
I was so pleased with the shot below taken on Reginald Hill, Saltspring Island.
As an artist one is always so self-critical ( I suffer from low self esteem) and one shouldn’t be so, I am told.
So, in this case  at least, I am going to bang on about why I am happy with this photo!!!
This is a 21mb file, but is shown here as a tiny jpg... if you want to see it in its full glory you must email me.  Will anyone?

Karin Millson: Behind the Scenery
Nikon Coolpix P6000 f/2.6, 0.0254s, ISO 400, focal length (36mm) 28mm.

Now the interesting thing is that this photo has elements that are text book... and yet I didn't think about any of them, I just thought about what I liked when I really saw it. Turns out it works ('it' being the 'Contemplative Photography' theory.) Leading line is the log, taking your eye to the mid-ground trees.  These Arbutus tree stems are irregular providing a strong contrast to other  'lines' in the image.  And what about that diagonal of the grassy bank.... where did that come from.... magic elves of the wood I think... It divides the shot nicely in two.
The foreground is in sharp contrast which is fed well by the sprinkling of leaves there.  And depth of field has allowed the beauty of the Arbutus bark to give strong colour harmony to the photo.  
The background is misty, with a soft focus but still the vertical lines of the pines provide interest and one can't help but think about the mood in there in the dusky woods, as the sun disappeared. 
Yep, I am proud of this one.
I am not making any new year resolutions, just an acknowledgement that photography IS important to me. 

Next question... what camera did Nikon replace the P6000 with and is it worth its salt?

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