I’ve gone out and shot my version of Assignment #1 for our new Photo Assignment Forum, which you may recall involved taking your camera, going out, looking around very carefully, slowly, and deliberately, and shooting ONE AND ONLY ONE image.
My aim with the assignment, which was not technical or skill-based, was simply to try and help you slow down and really see what was there.
Well, it certainly worked for me! And I felt the pressure of having only one frame to shoot something that you’d all be impressed with! I went out early yesterday before the sun was really up, down along the little stream (officially, the Little Bogue Falaya River) that runs along the back of our property. It’s a beautiful spot but one that I’ve always found challenging photographically. It’s not a simple, serene section of the river. It has lots of brambles and overhanging branches and whatnot—not an easy place for landscapes, at least not for me. But sometimes I’ll see something up close that interests me.
The sand patterns did it. That, and an overhead shimmer, out of focus, from the sky reflected above. I set up my tripod, got out my cable release and set about shooting my one frame. I needed the long exposure—here 75 seconds—because I wanted to blur that glassy shimmer. But I made a classic mistake: the stopped down aperture—f14—brought too much of the image into focus, ruining my glassy hoped-for blur through the highlights. So the image is simply okay, but still a success for me personally: I won’t make this type of aperture mistake again! (Well, at least not for a while!)
Have you shot your assignment yet? I’m hoping you will, and then come over and post it in our new Forums. Let’s turn these new forums into a beehive of Discerning Photographers, all looking to improve and grow as we work on our shooting…
[Note: Assignment #1: ‘Just One Shot’ will remain open for another week, so there’s still plenty of time to venture out and get your one shot.]
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