Looking for a composition whilst walking the coastline at sunset had me thinking about how to apply this weeks theme, rule of thirds. I had a composition in mind even before I left the house however I found it didn’t work due to a number of factors including people in the foreground and not able to capture the composition I wanted.
Wandering further, I discovered a couple taking photographs of the sunset and capturing silhouettes of people standing on the rock wall.
Plucking up the courage to approach to ask if they minded if they would pose for me was a little scary however after explaining about the smartphone challenge they were happy to oblige.
We all carry smartphones with us everywhere we go and I am always looking for inspiration to continue to learn and improve my skills as a photographer, especially using a smartphone. A good way to improve is to participate in photography challenges as they cause you to think about the theme and they do what the title says, they challenge you. And what a great way to kick off the new year and a new decade by participating in smartphone challenge curated by Khürt from Island in the Net.
The challenge is called the 52 week smartphone challenge which provides plenty of inspiration and has some thought provoking themes to keep you thinking and improve on all those rubbish awesome photos stored in your phone. If you would like to join in, click on the link above.
I also highly recommend you don’t do what I did by jumping the gun and submitting my first image last Friday. So I’m feeling like a bit of a goose but at the very least I have some good ideas and some photos for the first couple of weeks and can concentrate on the other photography challenge, the Tuesday Photography Challenge curated by Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo.
Frank provides some really interesting themes ensuring you think about how you will tackle it to produce a result and this weeks theme, Common, is no different.
The above photo was not what I set out to take however I was drawn to a large number of people standing on a rock wall silhouetting themselves against the sunset but I noticed this man sitting on his own watching the sun go down on another day.
To all of you who celebrate Christmas, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and for those who don’t celebrate it, I hope you have an enjoyable time with family and friends over the break.
We don’t print our photos any more, we don’t put them into photo albums to show family and friends nor do we have slide nights (thankfully). Now we press the digital shutter without thought or consequence, share one or two photos to our favourite social media platform and the continue on with life keeping all the photos that never made the cut.
Have you ever sat down and cleaned out or deleted the photos that are blurry, someone’s head or hand is in the frame. That’s what I did and discovered a gobsmacking number of photos stored on the phone with just over a 1000 remaining in the collection.
Putting some serious thought into what should be done with them all resulted in a idea which is to share the better photos here in a blog post called ‘The Friday Snap’. The requirement must be that they were taken using a smartphone and processed using snapseed or a similiar app.
I have been an avid observer for some time for the Tuesday photo challenge on Dutch Goes the Photo however hitting the required timeline has been problematic. I mean its not that hard, the subject/topic is released on Tuesday and must be submitted by Sunday but I keep getting those two mixed up.
The topic released on Tuesday was surface and with that in mind I dug through the photos that have been taken in the last month or so and found this little gem of a slippery rocky surface that fits the requirements for the photo challenge.
Reading a post from 35hunter about ‘How many photographs should we share in one blog Post‘ had me rushing to review how many photos have been included on this blog and the result is on average 3-5 photos per post. Dan raises an interesting question for sure, which I don’t think is easily answered however Dan made a statement about a single photograph. This statement has really stuck with me for about a week and I can’t seem to shake it, Dan states that:
‘With a very short post that can be purely the photograph with no text, or the photograph plus a few paragraphs of text, I find this approach can be very powerful.
I love the author’s commitment – “This is the single photograph I have chosen for the post, nothing else would do, and now here it is standing up proud”.
I think it encourages those of us reading to give that single photograph more commitment too, to perhaps linger a little longer, and search a little deeper, than we may do if there are two or three other images in the post.’
I do whole heartedly agree with that statement because as society we have become numb to the sheer volume of images across our social media streams. The effect is most people, including me, scroll without thought or using any brain power.
So I thought that I would apply this thought process to a least one blog post this year but Dan also states that it should be your best work, obviously showcasing your skills as a photographer (or other creative work) but if I did that I would never post any photos as I don’t think I’m yet to produce my best work.
Please jump on over to 35hunter to say Hello and have a look around and ask yourself when was the last time you looked at a single image longer than 0.3 of second and appreciated a photograph.
And I’m curious how many photos you post to your favourite social, either Insta, Facebook or blog?
I have no idea why but the most popular post for 2018 wasn’t even written in 2018. I originally wrote this blog post in 2011 and to this day, still attracts viewers. Drum roill please, The most popular blog post of 2018 is 12 Real Landscape Photography Tips
Some of these tips are, to be honest, are real obvious but how many times have you gone out to take photos and not known the tides or worn incorrect footwear, left the torch at home etc. We’ve all done it at some stage and I’m still forgetting something. For example, recently I had to hold the filters in front of the lens because I forgot the filter holder attachment and I knew exactly where it was, at home!
Maybe I should add ‘Don’t forget filter holder attachment’ and change the name to 13 Real Landscape Photography tips.
Let me know in the comments if you have any tips that should be added to the list.