From beginners point of view
* Isolating a subject from a chaos is the first lesson to learn.
* Once isolated look for regular/irregular geometries and its inter-relationship.
* Next comes is the choice of the lens(nothing to do with sharpness or how well it is built) but to show these inter-relationships as it is if your prefer.
Finally is taking the shot.
- Still there are infinite subjects around us, which are yet to be photographed.
Nevertheless, the below photograph was take when I do not know what I am photographing... :-(
Not sure who responded with a manipulation of this shot... But in the spirit of carrying on with the idea... I amped it up and blue toned this shot...
Originally Posted by Bill Burk
By getting a photographic moose. What you do is that (with appropriate surgery) you hook your heart onto the moose, and then of course you will follow your heart because it's being carried by a 1200 pound animal. You will really follow that photographic moose, believe you me. Yah, sure, it's just one of those certain things. Me, I just use packs on the photographic moose and let it carry my equipment. Then of course I follow it because it's got all my gear on its back. And then it's wandering through all those briar bushes and into some stupid swamp with the mosquitoes and all that. Stupid moose. It never hangs around super models. What's with that?
Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson
Anyways, the reason I started photographing was because of moonlight. Cameras weren't big in my family, that's just the way it was. So when I saw how the moonlight lit things, I was entranced by it. I wanted to photograph what I saw and felt. I have seen things that I would never have seen otherwise if I hadn't pursued photography.
I'm still failing at photographing by moonlight. I don't mind. I'll keep trying until I get it right, and then I'll do it with mastery.
I know that I have to photograph. I have to pick up a camera and make photographs. One time a while back when I was confined to the floor due to back pain, I spent hours setting up my camera to photograph ... a door knob. I had to do it. It had to be done. So I did it. I have to use film. Film gives me what I want.
Tom, from what you've written, it seems that photography for you has not been about the subject matter. Now you are starting to really see through to what photography is. It's time to truly start enjoying it.
Well, not exactly moonlight, but there is some in the scene -
Try shooting in mixed lighting to get better at night photography, then work your way up to full moonlight.
Kodak Portra 160nc, Mamiya RB67, 180mm lens.
The last time I did full moonlight was when there was a "super moon" (like the one this weekend) up and about. I used my Pentax 645 with Kodak E100S, and it looked like pure daylight, except for some lights reflecting on the water. I had hoped for color shifts or something, like star trails. It's just a matter of leaving the lens open longer, but I need something to distinguish that the photograph is made at night. Hmm, maybe I should try a polarizer. The moon was 90 degrees to the lens, and the sky just looked blue. A polarizer should cut that out so I could star trails.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera