I find it somewhat surprising and maybe even a little disturbing when I pull into a remote roadhouse here in Australia, people from all walks of life are desperately trying to get internet coverage with most only checking Facebook or Instagram and very few actually calling for assistance. I, on the other hand, enjoy not being connected to the world to be able to spend time with loved ones listening to music or having a discussion that is not distracted or interrupted by handheld devices hence there was no photo for last weeks The Friday Snap due to travelling in remote areas.
Ironically, this week, the Friday Snap is going to take a little detour with a photo challenge. Khürt from Island in the Net has started a 52-week smartphone challenge and it starts with a self-portrait whilst not showing your face. These two trouble makers are part of our lives keeping us entertained as they try to rule the roost and getting up to mischief.
The first submission was due last Sunday, so there is some catching up to do. The intent is to capture Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Common and the 52-week smartphone challenge theme the rule of thirds in one post this Sunday. Nothing like a challenge!
If you would like to expand your photography skills either with a camera or a smartphone feel free to jump in. Photo challenges are a fantastic method to improve your photography skills and hone your mind’s eye.
Lastly, if you or someone you know who is or may be affected by either the massive bush fires or the extreme blistering heat here in Australia, please take a few minutes and check on them. Stay safe.
The Art of Photography is a You Tube channel that I have been watching for some time for tips, inspiration, lessons about the history of photography and all the other interesting bits such as the Artist series. The You Tube Channel is hosted by Ted Forbes and around October last year he started a project called Photo Assignments with the first being a pre-assignment – Create a journal or scrap book. For reasons unknown I missed the video discussing what was going to be done however I did see Photo Assignment #2 which is low angle shooting.
With this in mind and being between projects right now I thought ‘Why not, I’ll give that a go’. So I went in search of subjects that I could shoot at a low angle and I started with the dogs. The Ginger Ninja is the easiest to photograph as there is no requirement to sneak up on her to take a photo, she will just lay there and let you snap away. This turned out to be a really good opportunity to refresh my skills with DoF and looking at the corners of my frame before hitting the shutter button.
None of the techniques that you want to practice can be applied to the next dog. As you can see, this is the point that I got caught sneaking up on Old Blue Dog…… on my belly slithering as quietly as I could across the carpet with camera in hand. Old Blue Dog does not like having his photo taken and he has this look about him that says that you have just crossed the line buddy!
I really felt as though I needed to do something that was worthy of this assignment as photographing the two dogs wasn’t enough. So deciding that I needed to get out and about I headed to the local park figuring that I could shoot the playground equipment when there was no kids using it. The playground certainly has plenty of opportunities to shoot from a low angles but the kids use it a lot.
The local beach was a good opportunity as well and I couldn’t help but photograph the coke can with the waves crashing in the background. The end result is not meant to be a commercial photo by any stretch of the imagination but I did like the finished results.
Overall the assignment made me think about what I was going to shoot, how I was going to approach the shoot and it certainly made me think before I hit the shutter button. I’m looking forward to the next assignment that Ted Forbes challenges us with.