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.


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Observation | What do you see?

What do you see? I often realize that I don't observe closely enough when I photograph. I tend to discover details in my pictures when I process them that I didn't see to begin with. Of course it is difficult to find every tiny little detail in a macro, but on the other side I think one should aim for this. Look at the Nasturtium here: What do you see? Is there a snake in paradise?

There is something there, and it adds a certain surprise to the photo. I like that in a way, but I wish I had planned for it, not the other way around. Then I could have tried to capture a cleaner shot of the mischievous maggot.

The answer is, of course, to slow down even more while working in the field. Take the time to observe properly, never just aim and shoot. Experiment, delete the errors and try again. My hard drive fills up soon enough, and I more and more feel the need for fewer but better photos. Time, patience and the ability to observe really closely are even more valuable tools than the camera itself.

Further and more thorough thoughts on this subject is written by David DuChemin in his blog post "Don't Stop" (Pixelated Image).

Nasturtium: focal length 100mm (macro), manual focus, shutter speed 0.3 seconds, aperture f/11, ISO 100, tripod