The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Perhaps you’ve seen it before on postcards or on TV. It is so beautiful! This is where President Ford’s funeral processional was held in January of this year.
Last week I got together with about ten fellow photographer-friends of mine to go out and make pictures apart from a job or assignment. Even photographers & artists get bored and stagnate when they don’t stretch themselves and think outside of the box.
I have done shoots for fun like this in the past, so I suggested we set up some guidelines to add a challenge and put a theme to our body of work.
Fun, yes. Nerdy, quite possibly.
I only have my photographs to share here, but hopefully I can post a link to the every photographers images as soon as they go up. If they are willing to share.
Theme 1: shape = Triangle. Anything that looks, feels, represents a triangle.
Theme 2: light and shadows
Limitation 1: 11 frames total for each theme, 22 total for the evening. Someone else suggested this low number. This is a tough one for photographers who shoot until they get what they like vs. those of us who attempt to pre-visualize exactly what we want and then execute. I’d like to consider myself more of a think-more and shoot less photographer but that could just be wishful thinking 🙂
Limitation 2: I set this one on my own to challenge myself a bit more. One lens and manual exposure with no viewing the photo on the screen on the back of the camera.
Like in the days of film where you just had to be confident you nailed the moment and exposure with the ever-unforgiving–but beautiful–slide film. Once you released the shutter it was done–nothing more you could do. Many of us photo-snobs pretend to and sometimes would like to never use the LCD on the back. However it is a tool there to use and it is an asset. BUT… when a photographer is always second-guessing themsleves, lacks confidence, and becomes dependent on the screen to see if they got what they thought they did. At that point it becomes a crutch and they will often miss the “decisive moment” because they are looking at the screen instead of holding the camera to their eye, listening, watching, waiting and anticipating. It is a sad and destructive downward-spiral from there. Those photographers lose the clients, their livelihood, and their dog leaves them. I’ve seen it a million times.