Photojournal entry for the Find Your Eye course.
In reviewing my favorite photos, I find there is a big difference for me between ‘Wow, this photo turned out awesome!” and “I THINK I’M IN LOVE!!!!”. I am more than a little dismayed to find that the photos I am most proud of are not the ones that really stick with me. I don’t quite know what to do with that. I am also having a hard time telling which photos I am just bored with because I’ve spent so much time looking at them.
Anyhow, I’m going to ignore my inner turmoil about the photos that aren’t quite my favorite favorites, and look at the ones I know I love. Different ones will probably be my favorite tomorrow anyhow.
This first one has been a favorite for a really long time. I love the light, and the way the rocks are lit in layers, and absolutely especially that bird–the wings, the backlight, that perfect moment.
This one I love for the motion, the blur and painterly feel. I was trying to decide if the clipping of the wings bothered me, but really it doesn’t. I think the balance between the white bird and the light reflecting water is nice.
This one is the underside of a mushroom of some kind. More an abstract than anything else, I think it’s the waving line of the edge that catches me. Plus the sliver of detail in the under bits.
This photo is all about the light. Backlighting and glowiness.
OK, this one just makes me laugh. I can’t believe this wound up in my favorites, but I kept coming back to it. See that time stamp in the lower right? It was a snap of the ground while I was testing an app that I ended up hating and never used again. But somehow it has ‘mood.’ Is that a thing? Mood along with texture and line? Really I have no idea why I like it so much.
Again back to light, with the shallow depth of field and glowiness.
Starting to see some themes here…again with the motion, the blur, the painterly feel. Also birds. I have a thing for birds. And the periwinkle colors are my favorite thing about the beach at dawn.
This is one of very few of my photos that I would say have the feel of having a story. To me it feels like ‘waiting’. And, I know you’re surprised, I do love the lighting.
This one is all mood. The silhouette of the hawk, and the sort of foggy surrounding. This was my favorite photo for quite a while, it just recently lost out to this next one.
This is my current favorite photo. Again this one I would call ‘mood’. The shallow depth of field (well, really the post-processing but whatever), with the cracking paint and the deep red of the roses. And I really like the curve of the fence.
So there we go. Looking for themes, there’s a lot of blur and sort of painterliness, whether shallow depth of field, or motion, or post processed. There are clearly a lot of birds and glowy lighting. And finally, what I am going to call moodiness; I haven’t taken many of these, but the ones I have I really do like.