I’m taking the wonderful Kat Sloma’s ‘Find Your Eye, Inspiration’ course. She’s asked us to think about the problems we’ve faced in our photographing experience and contemplate how we’ve solved them.
I can say that I have had no shortage of problems to solve when it comes to my photography..and it’s still early days!
I haven’t been photographing for all that long – okay, I did have an SLR thirty years ago, but I’m not sure that really counts anymore! The truth is I’m still working with a point and shoot. Mmm-mm. A point and shoot. So, I have lots to learn. and as the saying goes, and it’s true – the more I learn, the more I realize how much more I have to learn.
So, problem solving. Where to begin. Well, I won’t cover it all. Suffice to say, that there have been macro and long shot problems to solve. Lighting. Composition. Lighting. Editing – very new at the post-photograph process. Lighting. Yes, a lot of lighting lessons to learn.
If I was to sum it all up, the problem I’m really trying to solve most times is how to capture the essence of what it is that caught my eye.
A couple of weeks ago, when I was getting ready in the morning, I looked out into the back garden and the morning light was just gorgeous on the tree.
I ran for my camera, still in my pj’s and took a picture. Voila.
Now, the thing that took my breath away, that caused me to go get my camera in the first place – the way the light was illuminating part of that tree – it does not come across in this photo. Not really. At least, not to my eye.
I knew it at the time. So, I walked barefoot (and it was chilly!) further out in the garden, right by the tree, and started taking pictures from underneath, and around, and behind, until I got something that more closely represented the beauty of what I saw.
I had to go close to get it. The longer shot didn’t deliver. When I’d first noticed it, it was from a long shot perspective. It was that view that caught my eye. But, it was the close up that gave me a tiny piece of the essence of the light and the beauty that I had seen in the moment that morning before work.
Or, at least, resolved.
Resolved because I haven’t really captured what I saw that morning. The photograph is just a slice of that extraordinary autumn morning light that glimpsed my garden that day.
But what I’ve learned through the process is to keep trying. To keep trying, and keep learning. Trying to find the angle, the frame, the perspective that will get me the shot. Learning the tools and techniques – the get me closer to what my heart sees, to what my eye glimpsed.