Upon leaving the United States, I had every good intention of starting a blog of my foreign travels and experiences. Now, six months on, I have gobs of photos and already-softening memories. For goodness sake, it’s time to get this blog going! My hope is to capture snapshots of my travels and some commentary on life in the UK.
Because photography will play an important role in a travel-and-experiences blog, I am determined to improve my amateur photography skills. To that end, I chose to undertake John Hedgecoe’s Complete Guide to Photography: A step-by-step course from the world’s best-selling photographer (if he doesn’t say so himself). This book, selected after extensive research (i.e., breezing through the titles on a used-bookstore shelf and selecting the most modern looking book sleeve), includes 70 projects. I intend to work my way through the book until I have “mastery of advanced techniques.” Care to join me?
Lesson number one – SHAPE: Someone should be able to recognize the photographed object by shape alone.
Part 1: Produce a silhouette of any person or object that has a strong and interesting shape.
The Metronome: A giant, kinetic sculpture by Vratislav Karel Novák, in Letná Park, Prague, Czech Republic (Dec. 2011).
Part 2: Take a set of photos where shape is the dominant element with other elements playing a subsidiary role.
The Dancing Building, Prague, Czech Republic (Dec. 2011). Can you tell which is Fred and which is Ginger?
Binibassi, Near Fornalutx, Mallorca, Spain (Feb. 2012).
Shape vs. color:
Lowly carrot or favorite toy and comforting piece of home?
Shape vs. pattern:
Sculpture at Es Baluard Museum Terrace, Palma, Mallorca, Spain (Feb. 2012).
So ends blog entry number one.
[Note: I took the picture of the railroad tracks in Alaska, September 2004, but it seems to fit the subject, so I claim artistic license.]