This challenge was unique and insulting, not necessarily in that order. The instructions required us to give serious forethought to composing our shots, as if we were shooting with expensive film or something!
I mean it’s like they are insinuating we drive by and shoot fields of cows from our cars.
OK, well, I do do that, sometimes, but most of those I end up deleting.
So after getting over my hissy fit at being insulted ( 😉 ) I decided to give this challenge some thought. I hope you like what I came up with.
1. Observe a scene first before lifting your camera to your eye.
I scoped this train station out trying to get the right angle that would leave out trash cans, etc. Admittedly I had been here before with less stellar results but this shot was worth the effort.
2. Ask yourself: What is the subject? What will you (not) include in the frame?
3. Look for natural lines or frames in the shot to guide the viewer’s eye
I specifically was trying to get this rural scene. Most times I avoid power lines but here I was trying to show the natural beauty that exists so close to home.
4.Try different angles: Get low on the pavement. Look down from above.
Okay I am not much any more for getting down, the knees doth protest too much! But this day I actually rolled up my white capris (Why is it that I wear white and end up in mud?) and got on my knees. There is no other way to capture this shot from this angle.
And now that that is over with…