Saturday, November 28, 2009

Capturing the Moment

Earlier this month, I was traveling down I280 south os San Francisco, and I drove by a vista turnout. I considered stopping and seeing what the view was, but I was late and I just drove on.
It did set up a train of thought though, that started with wondering how many other photographers had stopped and taken photos and would I just be repeating the same scene ad nauseam. A common saying about photographing popular scenes is you need to place your tripod in the holes left behind by the photographers that have come before you.

While I partially subscribe to that thought, I believe it's a lot more complicated than that. Being a long time Flickr subscriber and a member of the Grand Rapids Flickr group, I see a lot of photos of the same reflections off of buildings downtown, the same bridge shots and the same nighttime photos. I admit, I've contributed the same, since the scenes and the photos were new to me. Later, I've retaken the same photo, but tried to do it a different way or to put a different look to it. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes I'm not.

I really think that if one tries, that a person can find something new to photograph in what some people have come to consider a cliche photograph. It's one reason I continue to go back to the same locations.

Let me know if you agree or disagree, I would like other folks opinions.

1 comment:

Katie Weller said...

It's true what you say about the same photo being taken over and over. It's hard to stay motivated when you're doing that, even if you are trying different equipment or different techniques -- or as with this week, different weather!!

On the flip side, one thing that I love the most about photo walks is that 10 people will shoot the same subject from different angles, with different lenses, different objectives, different poses, and usually with very, very different results. It's always fun to see the differences.