A Post About Photography Without Posting A Photo

Many of you who follow my blog are photographers of all levels and photography admirers.  I have a question that I recently asked myself and I wanted to open it up to others.  I’d love to hear your comments and I know many others will also love to hear the variety of responses.   In a small way, I hope this helps all of us visualize images before we make them:)

My question is “You’ve seen millions of images and I’m sure you have a favorite one.  Can you describe it without giving the location or a name?”

My answer to this question was this:  “My favorite image is from a place that has inspired millions of people throughout time. It is an image that captures a moment that is invisible to the naked eye. This image has allowed me to be in this place, to feel the air and to feel the pulse of the absolute stillness. It is a landscape as rugged as a saw blade yet inviting and full of welcome. There is no color and it leaves your mind open to interpret the scene as you imagine. I can see this place with my eyes closed because of this image and it is engrained in my mind.”

Thanks and I look forward to reading your comments:)

P.S.  A HUGE thank you to all who are recently following my blog after a previous post was Freshly Pressed!  Enjoy!

Can A Camera Paint?

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I spent the afternoon walking with my camera but I wasn’t planning on making any images.  I was simply observing the color and shape of the landscape under a dreary, grey sky.  The glowing blue sky from earlier in the day gave way to a solid grey by evening which you wouldn’t think would be great for photography.

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I wasn’t out to shoot landscapes though given the light and my focus.  Through looking at the colors in a different manner I was able to find images to create that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t grey and drab.  I’ve always found it interesting that the greyest days can bring out the most color in photography:)

This final image is of a place I’ve passed by a hundred times and have been trying to figure out a way to capture it.  I have a slight variation in mind but overall, this one is what I was looking for.  Enjoy these few images from my artistic side and I hope you’re able to go out and shoot regardless of the sky.  You might just be amazed at what you see:)  EE

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Spring in Park City, UT

Colorful Moonset

Winter was fairly short-lived and relatively mild this year in Park City, UT.  The ski areas have had plenty of snow and we’ve enjoyed many days of great weather.  From a photography perspective, watching the seasons change and the landscape transform brings me much joy.  Winter weather isn’t quite done around here but the days in between bring warm and sunny skies:)

 

McPolin Barn Sunrise

These images are all from this previous week.  I’m getting a bit behind on sharing images here but I’ll catch up soon!  For now, enjoy the view and I look forward to sharing more soon.

Thank you,

EE

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Winter Update from Park City, UT

“The 2nd Sunset”

I wanted to share a few images I’ve recently captured around Park City as I take a short pause in re-editing older images.  These images are all from near or in Park City as I continue to shoot several days a week.  I’m also in the process of making some changes with Eric E Photo both on my website and on Facebook.  I’ll save the social media aspect for another post as I’m trying a new approach.  The only thing I’ll mention is that I truly enjoy blogging and nothing is changing here, except me becoming more active.  Bloggers really are the best:)

“Winter Dance”

I’m thinking the next set of images from Park City will be spring images as it has already been nearly 60 several days.  The sun is intense at 7,000 feet and many days have brought vivid blue skies.  Winter was fairly mild this year with only cold stretch in December.  We’re back in the flow of spring storms though and from my photography eyes, that’s a good thing.  Storms bring incredible light and contrasting seasons!

Enjoy the few images from a place I’m happy to call home:)  EE

 

 

 

 

“Getting Warmer”

 

 

“Superior”

 

 

“Back of the Storm”

 

 

“Evening in the Aspens”

 

Deeper in Capitol Reef

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Photos are flat, 2 dimensional images either on an electronic screen or a thin piece of paper.   They are not like the real scene in front of the photographer and only a compressed view of what the photographer sees.  Yet some images have depth to them while others remain in 2 dimensions.   So how do you convey this depth of a scene to the viewer?

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I was reviewing images of a trip to Capitol Reef National Park and the San Rafael Swell of Utah and a few images caught my eye and serve this purpose.   You hear photographers talk about a balanced image with certain parts heavier or lighter but this mainly refers to left and right or top and bottom.  Another way to look at images, and one that is more engaging, is front to back.  This is where the challenge for the photographer lies in finding ways to represent a 3 dimensional scene in a 2 dimensional medium.

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Of course roads can be a great path for the eye to follow into a scene.  The top image shows a road disappearing into the shadow.  The combination of a road, contrasting blue and yellow and a mix of shadow and light all give this image a depth that I actually saw in front of me.  The second image uses layers of black and white with a strongly contrasted tree in the foreground.  I enjoy giving the viewer a place to start in an image as much as giving a path for the eyes to follow.  The second image gives a good start but the rest of the scene is up to the viewer and the eyes go deeper into the scene.

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The third image uses strong shape differences to lead the eye around a corner in a smooth way.  The difference in color creates a contrast and when combined with the shapes, one is left to explore and wonder what is around the corner.   The last image relies on one thing:  good light.  Nice, soft evening light is a photographer’s best friend and gives the viewer an easy image to view.  This was during a partly cloudy evening and some areas were lighter than others.  I used this to my advantage to keep the attention on the details in the foreground while still giving the image depth.   Light and shadow, shapes, paths and contrast of light and color are all elements I use to create depth to a 2 dimensional image.  There are other methods and elements in an image that contribute to adding depth and are dependent on the vision I have when taking the picture.

Reviewing older images has been a great learning experience for me because I’m able to find things I didn’t know about earlier and certain images escaped me.  I’ve learned an incredible amount in the past year by shooting more images and asking myself why some images work and others don’t.  Stay tuned for more as I’m just beginning to dive into 2012!

Thanks,

EE