Hi,

I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.

 

find me elsewhere
last comments
gallery updates

OWP badge

 

 

 

 

 

EARTH WONDERS by anaeugenio

 

Entries in exercises (2)

Thursday
Sep292011

Project | Pond study

Misty Autumn morning

I've decided to undertake challenge no 1, the one I described the other day. Rules: My aim is to produce a series of 6 images every month at my chosen location, the pond Drengsrudvanna near my home. I will go there during or close to the last weekend in every month for a full year. I can take as many pictures as I like, but I have to reduce them to 6 during post-processing. Cropping is allowed in post-processing, but not desirable. I can choos any kind of post-processing I like, but the 12 final photos should have a similar style. I have no limitations of my choice of gear. From these 6 finished images I then have to choose only one, the one I feel is best conveying the mood at the pond at that particular moment.  I have no limitations of my choice of gear. 

Picture no. 1 is now finished. There is a floating, grassy little islet in the middle of the pond. I was fascinated by the morning mist and sun that promised a bright autumnal day, and I tried to catch this mood. I used a zoom to compress the elements, and I found an angle that allowed the mist to create an illusion of depth. 

What is the purpose of this game? I want to study the changes in light and color during the seasons. I hope to learn to communicate my visions more clearly, to become a better observer and to learn a lot more about making photographs. I hope to be able to produce a series of images that maybe can result in an exhibition, a calendar and postcard collection. Maybe I can exhibit at a cafe in my local community next autumn if someone is interested. Oh my God, now it's out there!

Monday
Sep262011

Creative exercises

Self portrait in reflective surface

With the forthcoming workshop this week as fuel my mind is boggling with possible exercises I could try out to expand my skills in the craft and my ability to observe better. Obviously it is impossible to travel to exotic new places every time I need inspiration, and it is maybe not the best way to improve anyway. I'd like to compile a few possible challenges or personal projects that I can explore during the next months or year- they have to be designed to fit within my overall schedule, they have to be interesting enough to hold my attention during the entire project, and I think they should end with something more than a few more Gb's on my hard drive. A book, something for the wall? Calendars? Here are a few suggestions.

1 Through the year
Near my home is a small pond that I find quite interesting. I would like to make it a base for a study of the changing seasons and light during an entire year. I could aim for one day each month, let's say the first Sunday. If I shoot a series of 6 captures every month they can be the base of a book. If I choose one of the photos every month it is a calendar project. I can pick any lens for this project.

2 Prime lens limitations
I have three prime lenses - a 28mm, a 50mm and a 100mm macro. They all offer very different opportunities and limitations. I can pick any of the three for a limited time frame and shoot only with that lens for a day, a week or even a month. Several themes could be explored, but they must be connected with my local community or my everyday life. "Family portraits", "My house", "My neighborhood" etc.

3 Close to home
One of my favorite Craft & Vision ebooks is "Close to home" by Stuart Sipahigil. He suggests an exercise called "The One Mile". I would like to try something similar! For me, the preferred radius is about 10 km, since it covers most of the places I am familiar with in my area. The challenge must be to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, pick unusual hours to shoot, maybe bring my camera to work. For how long? What limitations? Maybe a month, maybe only black and white. Maybe the decay in October or November is a good start? Maybe decayed man-made objects? I'm not sure yet. I don't have to decide yet.

These suggestions promise enough work for many hours, wall mounts, books or other products. I hope I find time for some of this. If I do, I'll keep you posted.