The 2012 buzz word is “consistency. “
In a recent post, Scott Bourne did a follow-up and expansion titled, “15 Ways to Improve Your Photography Without Buying Gear.” One of the 15 was; “Be consistent. If your work is all over the place, it’s a sure sign you haven’t settled who you are and what you want to do with your photography. Until you sort that out, nobody else will be able to either. Stick with it.”
That resonated strongly with me. I don’t exhibit the consistency in my work I’d like but I know at least part of this is a reflection of who I am. In my thinking, I’ve always been a being of shades of gray rather then black and white. I see both sides of most subjects and my opinions fall most often somewhere in the middle rather then at either extreme. I listen and read. Logic, facts and good arguments may sway me to slide along the scale of opinion. This “softer focus” tends to show up in my photographic work but for 2012 I’d like to set narrower boundaries in an effort to closer define my photographic style.
We’ll have to see how successful I am but this is as close to a New Year’s resolution as you’re going to get.
Now hopefully this somber image will not be prophetic of the coming year.
Driving to work each day I pass the Salisbury National Cemetery. It’s a place of order, of patterns and consistency. The hallowed grounds are better kept then most cemeteries and I’ve often thought about stopping and taking advantage of the low winter sun/light with some black and white photography. Last week I did.
For this photo I wanted to capture the white marble headstones in a manner suggesting a sense of a military formation — these headstones being the final honor guards for those resting here. A good deal of time was spent finding the best angle and alignment for this shot. In my minds eye the long shadows needed to be a feature of this image as well, linking the rows together and defining the spacing much as a military formation will extend their arms to mark their own spacing.
My vision and this end product, perhaps a far reach — I’ll let you be the final judge. You may see something entirely different but just as “correct or valid” as what I saw.
The image was taken with an Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four-Thirds camera with a Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm lens. I’ve read some have experienced chromatic aberration using this lens on this Olympus Four-Thirds camera bodies but after a good deal of personal shooting experience (in color of course) with the combo I’ve only seen mild cases and only on occasion.