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I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day Thirtyfour: Hallway

It was pretty much 50 degrees in Chaumont, NY, this morning. I would have to say that march came in and went out like a lamb. What will April bring? Showers? If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Mayflowers bring pilgrims.

How does one go about making a photograph of something? When something catches my eye the first thing I do is determine just what is it that I'm noticing. Then I try to figure out how to photograph it. In the photo above it was the light falling on the wall. I started shooting that. First just the pattern of light. But something didn't seem to be clicking. I began moving around in the hallway, looking through the viewfinder. I shot a variety angles with various exposures and focal lenghs of the zoom lens. Ultimately I liked this one the best. Notice how I carefully utilized the lines that exist in the scene. The lines that make up the door, the hallway, the receding lines created by the boards in the flooring. This is not accidental. I keep adjusting the camera position, paying attention to the lines as I shoot. These lines make up various shapes. Those shapes are the real core of what I see, and how I go about composing an image. Almost all of my photos I see as a colection of shapes. What makes one photo different from the other is what those shapes are filled with.

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