A Bridge From any Other Angle Wouldn’t Look as Sweet

23 02 2012

Thought I’d have a bit of fun with the title here. Something my literature buffs will likely appreciate. Today, as you may have guessed, I’m going to touch on playing the angles and perspectives. My regulars, like Mona, Mary and Judy, (all great photo blogs worth a visit,) have heard me rant about how I don’t want to capture a scene or a subject as it is, I want to capture it how I imagine it in my head (scary, I know.)

Here’s the scene I had to work with. I was out for a walk with my very good friend and occasional assistant Jessica when this bridge caught my eye. I liked the long winding path on the other side and the steep grass bank. The texture across the whole bridge was fascinating and the light made it pretty intriguing. I dialed in my settings and took this.

I worked a few different angles that I didn’t really like but then I got another snap I really liked under the bridge. The pattern on the wall really jumped out at me, I’m huge on patterns and textures. The red dirt, diagonal shadow, and the hints of graffiti to the left gave the frame more depth and intrigue. It’s good to have an image with a few things going on as long as you don’t get too distracted by what is happening. In one of my star fort posts, I talked about every shot needing a hero. For me, the pattern was the hero and the red dirt played a lead supporting role. :)

Another great tip to keep in the back of your mind while you’re in the field is to look up. Most of us are very aware of what is in front of us, mildly aware of our peripherals, passively aware of what’s behind us, and oblivious to what is above us. Next time you’re shooting, challenge yourself to look up every now and then and try to get a good snap. If you get something worth sharing on your blog, track back to this post with a link so I’ll know to come and check it out.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I’d love for you to share the post via one of the social links down below and I always enjoy reading your comments!

Social buttons are high and right, I do the twitter and all that jazz, keep up with me on there. (Sidebar: I really enjoyed doing those tutorials but I’m happy to be back on a string of ShootAbouts again. Let me know what you like better and what you want to see next, this blog is still really brand new so I appreciate all your help in carving out its niche.)

Thanks and God Bless! -Arley

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24 responses

23 02 2012
modernzenphotos

I like textures and patterns as well. I’m glad you’re enthusiastic about your blogging. You have a lot to share and I wish you well.

23 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I appreciate you stopping by!

23 02 2012
Shutterbug Sage

I took a long walk along a trail last weekend and came across a bridge kind of like the one pictured. I wasn’t pleased with any of the images I captured, but am super excited to get back out there and try it again after reading this. The suggestion to look up is a good one!

23 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Shutterbug Sage, glad you’re motivated to give it another go!

24 02 2012
Theresa

Perfect timing…..the assignment from my photo class this week is perspective.

24 02 2012
96arley

:) awesome! hope you can use some of my tips

24 02 2012
fgassette

Sweet angle!

BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

24 02 2012
96arley

:) Thanks

24 02 2012
Dezra Despain

Patterns and textures are a big hit with me, also. I smile to myself every time I stop and point my camera at a wall. I wonder how outside observers interpret that? After all, it’s just a wall. There’s nothing there. Haha.

24 02 2012
96arley

lol, I love thinking about how other people are looking at me, It’s almost the best part, lol

24 02 2012
iphotoeye

Arley, I love what you said about looking around..I am always so focus on what I want to capture I never take the time to just be still and look around. Thanks for the tip..and I love this photo especially the little orange outline on the brick..

24 02 2012
96arley

Haha, I’m glad someone else noticed that too. I thought it was funny but I didn’t want to draw attention to it

24 02 2012
Mary Jane E Clark

I am really enjoying your blog! Thanks.

24 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Mary, glad you stopped by!

24 02 2012
Colline

Thanks for the reminder to look up – can lead to an interesting picture as you have shown.

25 02 2012
96arley

Definitely :) thanks for stopping by!

25 02 2012
victoriaaphotography

I’m a great lover of patterns, texture & light, but it’s not easy to persuade followers with this wonderful simplicity of the small details.

25 02 2012
96arley

I’m big on simplicity, I think some photographers try to cram too much into one picture. Sometimes it looks really good but sometimes it just takes away from the best part of the picture

25 02 2012
Judy

Hi Arley….I love your blog….so I nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award. There are no rules, questions or lists to make for this one. You can post the image if you want. You can pass the award on if you want. Congrats! Here’s the link for more info: http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-academy-of-blog-awards/

25 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Judy, I appreciate that. It was very thoughtful of you!

25 02 2012
Rebecca Booth

great textures!

26 02 2012
96arley

Thanks again!

26 02 2012
Josy

Heh. Good advice!

26 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Josy, glad you enjoyed it :)

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