Popped out this morning, around 9am to a local woodland which my father helps manage, went for a walk, to take some pictures and do a little maintenance.
Still haven’t read any more of the photography course, still trying to take more “lesson one” images – Read more about my first try here. The first assignment was two parts, one photographing something in different ways and two abstract.
So here’s my first photo from today.
This was my first image of the morning, a portrait shot of a woodland path, I like how the path takes your eye to the bottom centre of the picture, but don’t like the trees on the right which stick out a bit too much.
Here I have taken the same shot landscape. This is probably my favourite shot of the morning. Here you have the leading lines taking your eyes to the end of the path, the woodland floor creates a horizon (is that the right term?) around a third of the way up the picture (rule of thirds). Also there is a tree on the right which stands out fairly clearly about a third into the page.
For this image I knelt and tried to move the horizon (where ground meets air) to 2/3rds up the image. I’m not really so happy with this image, the ground now takes up too much of the picture and therefore the leading lines of the woodland tunnel are missing and the intricate branch line is cut off from the picture.
This last image I dont like at all, I wanted to take this shot of the woodland path “off centre” and it didn’t really work. The bushes / Brambles on the left was intended to be a subject in this image and the path but instead as a woodland is quite “messy” you don’t really think of the brables as a foreground subject and there is nothing interesting to focus your eyes on.
Finally an abstract image. this hasnt really worked, My aim was that the upward cracks in the bark are offset against the horizontal bumps which appear at a third and two thirds up the image. though I don’t really think it works.
Some conclusions, I am starting to understand how much better photos can look when you consider the rule of thirds and leading lines, though I struggle to find things which interest me enough to photograph. Or when I do I don’t have my camera. Although abstract images are some of my favourites to look at (Other people) I don’t seem to look around enough to see abstract photo opportnities.
Hopefully more soon!