By The Contemplative Traveler©™
Sometimes, the most minimal of gestures can provide crucial perspective, both for an artist and her audience. An uninteresting image, taken from a vertical perspective, might be made to crackle and pop simply by turning one’s camera sideways.
At other times, something more is required. Photographers who are open enough to let life unfold will often find they are capable of creating magic if they simply practice patience.
Because of this, I’ve taken more liberty with the guidelines for this week’s WordPress photo challenge than I would normally. I hope my followers will forgive me for being a bit of a rule breaker on this one.
This week’s concept – One Shot, Two Ways – set off a cascade of creativity as my brain generated diverse ways to look at and assess scenes and subjects before finally deciding which shots to use (horizontal and vertical, near and far, headshot vs. full length, subject coming toward vs. subject moving away, lighter vs. darker).
As a result, the parameters of the challenge – “capture two images – a horizontal and a vertical version – of the same scene or subject” – felt too restrictive for me. (This is not meant as a criticism of Cheri Lucas Rowlands. It was her fabulous opening brainstorm which helped to get my brain truly storming.)
But the Muse wanted more from me. So, instead of “just” capturing one image from horizontal and vertical perspectives, I pondered the possible pairings that I most wanted to explore while staying true to Rowlands’ other rules: shots “of the same place/location … ideally … taken during the same shoot.”
The Content Submission
Ultimately, I compared new and archived photos, and ended up selecting two from my archives for this challenge. Both are of the sun setting over Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. They were taken within the span of a normal evening’s sunset on the same day (during the same photo shoot). Although both were done as landscapes (horizontal because vertical wouldn’t have worked), they show how lighting can help you present One Shot, Two Ways.
Photographer’s Note: No filters or other special effects were used; no alterations were made in the lab or via computer. The sequence of colors – from pale apricot to fiery oranges and reds to jammy-rich purples – were all courtesy of Mother Nature’s reaction to humanity’s impact on the environment, and the waning of a summer sun at day’s end. Copyright, Laurie Snyder.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways – Endless Skies
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