Deconstruction Site

31 01 2012

This week has been moving so quickly. I haven’t gotten to spend as much time on the blog as usual but I am very excited about the shoot a did this past weekend. I dropped off a friend at work around 3PM and decided to grab a late lunch at the mall before I went home. The parking lot was pretty full so I grabbed a spot at the edge of the lot and hurried in. A chicken sandwich and a sweet tea later I was walking back to my car with the sun to my back. I noticed a lot of “scrap” in the grass on the other side of the guard rail so I grabbed my camera, climbed across and started scouting around.

A pile of street signs jumped out at me so I walked over to them. You ever notice signs seldom say “yes”? This wasn’t my first shot of the signs. I tried a few different angles from up at the stop sign but once I walked down here it clicked. NO, NO, NO, STOP. I don’t want to get too political or philosophical but maybe if everyone stopped telling us what we can’t do and instead gave us some suggestion of things we can do, we’d make some progress. I think this is especially true in photography. Too many “workshops” focus on telling you everything you’re doing “wrong.” I like constructive criticism as much as the next guy but I don’t focus as much on perfect composition, exposure, and light (at least not when shooting for myself) as I do on making the creative statement and mood I want to achieve.

I love cool stuff. Old pipes with pieces of rebar are really cool. I decided to bump the f/stop up to f/8 so most of the pipe would be in good focus. I did give some thought to the composition here because I wanted to maximize the rebar pieces and minimize the dead space. The background was mostly shadowed so it kept the attention where I wanted it. I really liked the texture where the rebar met the pipe. I didn’t do much to draw focus to it but it’s there all the same and it adds to the overall picture. I like the way the angles connect across the frame too. It all worked out pretty well.

This shot is a great visual. I love the angles and the textures. It has a nice symmetry that gets a little more complex as it fades out to the right. I didn’t “like” the white cover on the corner of the brick but 1. I’m a leave no trace photographer so I didn’t want to tear it off and 2. It was a part of the scene so I left it in. Last note: check out the cars in the distance. I got really nice bokeh off of them when I played the reflecting light just right. When you’re out shooting you have to be constantly aware of where your light is at. A backlit subject or a glare can make or break a shot, you should always know which one it’s doing in your picture. :)

That’s all for this one. Thanks for coming back again! If you’re a first time visitor don’t forget to follow the blog so you know when I share new stuff. If you want a guest article for your blog email me with details, I love working with other photographers and bloggers. Check me out on Twitter and don’t hesitate to get in touch about anything. I love hearing from all of you and I love checking out other blogs. God Bless and Good Night!

If you must go, go here… And tell them Arley at ShootAbout said hello :)

http://ellispictures.com/ – Beautiful photo blog with some great work from “across the pond”

http://space1eleven.wordpress.com/ – Chillbrook has some great stuff. I’ve really enjoyed his running water work and his shots around Charlestown. (Does everyone I like live in England?)

http://andrawatkins.com/ – I guess they aren’t all in England. This is Andra, she is an amazing writer/photographer and she lives in SC. We share the state but we’ve never met and I was actually referred to her by Greg who also has a phenomenal blog you should check out.

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49 responses

31 01 2012
Mary Jane E Clark

Great angles and concepts!

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Mary, glad you liked it

31 01 2012
Mona

You say something critical: “so I grabbed my camera” …. How many times have I seen a shot and … no camera. I even bought a small Canon G12 so I would have a walk-around camera. Where is it now? In the bag on the floor next to my desk. Perhaps tomorrow it will be in the car with me.

As always, I really like your images. I like your eye … what you choose to shoot. Your skill and technique are apparent … but it’s your eye that makes your shots stand out.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Mona, you just made my day “Perhaps tomorrow it will be in the car with me.” Happy shooting and thank you so much for the kind words

1 02 2012
modernzenphotos

I did the same as you, Mona, and bought the G12 so I would never miss a shot. It has served me very well. I would encourage all photographers to carry a quality point and shoot with them, as we never know when photo opportunities will arise.

31 01 2012
fivereflections

interesting compositions – i don’t think i have seen a yes sign in either the USA or Canada

1 02 2012
96arley

Haha, thanks

31 01 2012
Cee Neuner

Such a photo opp. I’m so glad you got some shots of it!! Thanks for sharing.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks for commenting Cee. I appreciate you stopping by

31 01 2012
Mary Lou

You ever watch the Pickers? They made me love old signs. The combo you found is great and I love the rebar! I just took some of an old coke sign. I’m still learning WPress. I love your inspiration!

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Mary, I watched that with some friends a few times. I love old stuff. The signs certainly aren’t ancient but they were really interesting. Keep at it, I’m still learning WPress myself :)

31 01 2012
cds

Love the street signs.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked them. They really jumped out at me :)

31 01 2012
rationalactivist

Great shot on the stack of bricks. I like how sharp the angles are and the narrow depth of field that guide your eyes to the convergence of lines.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thank you. I’m glad it worked well :)

31 01 2012
Alex Autin

I’m still amazed how you manage to create something out of seemingly nothing. Great work! I have to learn from you to always have my camera with me….I ended up on a spur-of-the-moment hike today with a friend, there I was in an amazing location….and no camera….

1 02 2012
96arley

:( if nothing else a cell phone will do in a pinch. It may not get front cover on Nat Geo but I have lots of pictures on my iPhone that I love flipping through from time to time

31 01 2012
libraryscenes

Many thanks for stopping by and leaving a hello. Very glad I popped over; a quick scan of your work until more time, but will say that the signage pic is fabulous ~

1 02 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’m glad you liked it!

31 01 2012
Andra Watkins

Thanks for the mention, Arley. I learn a lot about shooting from you. Always trying to improve my eye.

I love the one with the signs.

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Andra, glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by, see you around

1 02 2012
ellispictures

Hi Arley, how are you?many thanks for mentioning my blog site http://ellispictures.com, Keep up the fantastic blog !! all the best Steve

1 02 2012
96arley

No Problem Steve, I love your work and I love sharing other blogs my followers will like :) keep up the great work

1 02 2012
A Bit Of Exploring

Thanks for liking my little nature pic yesterday. I checked out your blog and love the concept! Great pictures and style!!

1 02 2012
96arley

I’m glad you like it and thanks for stopping in

1 02 2012
Rebecca Booth

I totally agree with you about photography workshops, they always focus on the negative and tell you how you ‘should’ take photos. Some of the best shots I’ve taken go against the ‘rules.’
Great post, keep up the good work!

1 02 2012
96arley

Here’s to us rule breakers :) thanks for stopping by

1 02 2012
Eden

That pile of street signs is a neat subject :) Thanks for subscribing to my blogs!

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Eden, glad you like it :)

1 02 2012
Stuart Hyde - shpics

Great shots….Love the bricks..

1 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Stuart

2 02 2012
totaltoll

Hi, thanks for liking my blog! I love your pictures, especially the one of the road signs.

3 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad so many people have liked that one

2 02 2012
robert87004

remember the song by 5 Man electrical band, “signs, signs, everywhere a sign…do this, don’t do that..can’t you read the signs”? great shooting!

3 02 2012
96arley

long haired freaky people need not apply :)

3 02 2012
davidoakesimages

No.No.No.everywhere…..and whithout going down a political track on this side of the Big Pond it is verbal as well. After all the political hype to improve everything from Education, Health Care, Safety,Employment, Welfare it is that same no. No carrots just big sticks.

Nuv said. Great images and link in the concept

3 02 2012
96arley

I try not to get too political on the blog but I must admit I find myself curious as to what everyone has to say. Thanks for stopping in and best of luck in your travels and photography

3 02 2012
margareetaville

I love your work!

I am trying to look at ordinary things and find the new “angle”. But I am a work in progress! You are an inspiration!

3 02 2012
96arley

Thank you, I hope it helps you you find direction in capturing life differently!

3 02 2012
H2O by Joanna

Great photos… I love the way you capture things that you would walk by without even really seeing them, untill you have that camera! Keep up the good work

3 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Joanna, things really jump out at me now :)

5 02 2012
Doreatha Kalman

I entirely like this post… If it’s not too much trouble create more articles…

6 02 2012
96arley

I know, I need to get more stuff up but my schedule has really been rough this week. I’ll do my best to get more frequent :)

6 02 2012
IsobelandCat

Great eye and great pix.

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it

7 02 2012
Tommy Hendrick

Nice shots. I like em. One thing, that’s not rebar. That’s just some kind of weird bolts welded to the pipes. You can find an image of actual rebar here: http://www.sammarcostone.com/rebar.htm

I must go now. I’m off to destroy your sister.

Dad

PS – When I googled images for rebar, I discovered that it is actually very photogenic. I’ll help you find a location to shoot some.

7 02 2012
96arley

Haha, I didn’t read the name so I didn’t realize it was you until I got to the Christopher Titus line. Thanks for stopping in and being so quick to set me straight as usual, lol

10 02 2012
maybrick2001

In my very humble and totally un workshoppped opinion a good photo is a good photo regardless of “rules”.
If the shot works and I like it then thats more than good enough for me,
Besides, life is full of rules that we all follow, it’s nice to simply ignore the ones that can be ignored once in a while.

10 02 2012
96arley

Definitely, I’ve seen tons of technically correct “workshop” pictures that just didn’t appeal to me. It’s so important to understand the art of photography as well as the science of it

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