Point of View

Take an object, preferably something stationary and photograph it from as many angles or view points as you can.  That is the current assignment from Kat. It may sound very simple, but the hard part is to choose the favorite image from the batch and decide why it’s your favorite.  

I have lots of stationary objects around here (don’t we all?) and could have chosen something a lot more interesting. As I was washing dishes yesterday I noticed an empty tin can by the sink, waiting to be recycled…and this became the subject of my photo shoot.  Why? Because it is not something I normally would take photos of. Because I wanted to see if it is possible to be creative with a tin can, other than making it into a pencil holder.  
I set my camera to take these in monochrome (or black and white), used manual mode, and manual focus. This turned out to be a good way to experiment with those different settings. The views I chose included close up, far away, from the top and the bottom, looking inside, and setting my focus on specific areas.  
Interesting to me was that my favorite images are from the some of the last that I took. I have used Picasa to adjust the contrast on these, and have used a feature called “warmify” to give them the tint you see here.
I prefer the images that are up close, that peer into the inside. This first one is intentionally focused on the inside rim, catching the reflection of the lamp light I used. I like the light and shadow in the ridges inside.
Speaking of light and shadow, I found that the lamp light created a couple of interesting shadows around this can…and I like the curves of the shadow and reflected light coming off the can.
This last one is my favorite from this exercise because it looks inside.  I don’t think it’s all about that tin can. I think it’s about who I am and what motivates me.  I like to look deeper, to see what is behind the surface, to explore and gain understanding of what is in front of me.  There is a kind of pattern on the inside surface that makes me think of the imprint that is left on the sidewalk by wet leaves.  
Once again, Kat, you have helped me understand that what we see through our lens is greatly inspired by the people we are.  We are learning to celebrate being ourselves, just as we are, and letting that impact the view through these lenses…then sharing that with the world.  I don’t think it matters what the subject of our photos really is, nor do I believe the equipment is what counts.  It’s slowing down and paying attention to the process that is crucial to finding our photographic eye.

9 Replies to “Point of View”

  1. Wow, Deb. Such an interesting exploration. I think it is often the mundane objects, like your tin can, that can yield such deep results. A simple study becomes so much more. Your choice of post-processing (monochrome and sepia toned) keeps the focus on the lighting, lines, shapes and textures and the can has morphed into beautiful abstract art.
    My favorite is the first one with that gorgeous light reflection, your selective focus and the hint of something more inside.

    You always bring something emotional and meditative to your musings.

  2. I love your choice of object to photograph! It's amazing that a different point of view can make a tin can beautiful!! I like your focus on the first one and love the shadows on the second!! I think I may try to find something I don't usually photograph! It adds to the challenge and makes it more fun!!

  3. I agree – such a fabulous post about our explorations as individuals. I love the images you were able to capture after continuing and trying new perspectives. Simply wonderful! Thank you!

  4. Fantastic Deb. I think your choice of an everyday object was brilliant! I like how you challenged yourself in other ways, manual settings and focused, to increase your creativity in the exercise. It's wonderful how you draw the parallel of what interested you in the images to yourself. It's amazing how we show up in our images, time and time again, when we start to see! Thanks so much for sharing your results.

  5. That last thought is brilliant!! I used to sing in a choral group-and come concert time the director would always say "sing for yourself and in doing so you will bring others along with you." The group is called Voices from the Heart-and the heart is much more important than the voice. I think the same is true with photography which you have succinctly noted.
    I agree that last shot is my fave too. I never would have thought of the leaf patterns, but knew exactly what you meant when you referred to them. Your subject, so simple, but you made it super inspiring.

  6. Deb, Your subject is wonderful…simple yet deep. The last photo is what captured me…hidden interest & reflecting light. I agree that it isn't about the subject or equipment but who we are and what we bring to the process.

  7. OH! This is just too cool! I opened up your blog and was blown away by your shots…creative, unusual, and just plain wonderful. Thanks for helping me to see what's around me in a different and wonderful way.

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