Monday, September 19, 2011

Things that catch my eye

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I've said elsewhere in this blog that specialising - in photography or anything else for that matter - is anathema to me. I like to cast my net wide and take an interest in many things, none, I think, to excess. I have the feeling that this is a minority outlook and that there are more people who limit their interests and pursue them to a greater depth. Certainly that seems to be the case in photography.

Portraits, street photography, wildlife, motor sports, macros, landscapes, the list goes on with regard to the specialised subject areas that photographers concentrate on. I suppose that, just as those who specialise do it because they are driven in that particular direction, I too have little choice about pointing my camera at anything that catches my eye. In fact, that phrase, "catches my eye", sums up the reason for many of the photographs that I take: I simply saw something that looked like it had the makings of an image and I pointed my camera at it.

Today's photograph exemplifies this. I was walking in our hall when I noticed a vase of flowers caught in a shaft of light from the fast setting sun. It was throwing the shadows of the leaves and blooms onto the nearby wall. The combination of the actual flowers and their doppleganger appealed and so I took this shot. I may have been influenced in doing so by a similar photograph I took last October. That image is one that I especially like, and perhaps I was trying to achieve something similar. This time, however, I went for a slightly more abstract composition and produced an effect that reminds me of a cotton print such as might feature on a dress or curtains.

photograph and text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Lumix LX3
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 10.2mm (48mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On