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Paint and Gasoline

ISO200 100mm f/5.6 1/400sec

As you can probably tell by some of my more recent posts, I’ve had a weird renewed fascination with bold primary colors lately. Its probably the longing for summer that is coming out in my photography, but whatever it is I really don’t mind it. According to Jay Maisel there are 3 things to capture in a photo: Color, Light and Gesture. Although I obviously keep an open mind to allowing any of them catch my eye, I find that I jump from focusing on one to another as weeks go past, and eventually make my way back through each. For a while I will focus on light, searching for unique shadows and reflections, capturing different times of the day. Then there are periods where I try to capture beautifully candid gestures from people and things. Then times like now its almost a scavenger hunt in a way to find color combinations that evoke certain emotions. Thats the beauty with art, its flexible and you can play these kinds of games if you would like.

What kinds of games do you guys play while out shooting?

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26 thoughts on “Paint and Gasoline

  1. Life is my game – people, animals and that gift we all share – nature.

  2. I have never really thought about the “games” I play when I shoot a photo. I see something that appeals to me and I take a photograph. Perhaps, if I am a bit more analytical, then I probably do capture light, colour and gesture. I’ll have to consider these three points from now on. Thank you.

    • Your welcome Kate, I think a conscious review of these while shooting can make the experience more enjoyable than it already is. Im constantly looking for ways to keep it fresh for me, as I like to think of my photo walks as mini adventures 🙂

  3. When I go out determined to actually get pictures of merit, I make sure to always use a prime lens, whether it’s a nifty 50 or a 300mm. It forces me to really think about composition, framing, and the appropriate subject matter. Were I to use a zoom, many of my pictures would probably lack depth and character due to that lens effect (forgot what it was called).

    • Its interesting you say that Matt, I too often have my 50 prime on the camera despite the fact that both my other lenses have 50mm within their range. Not only the effect of the lens, but also the fact that with a prime it seems you must be extra present to know what your shooting and how you will have to shoot it. Zooming with your feet is an incredible advantage being if forces you to move and change your perspective, which often times leads to bonus discoveries. Thanks for your input 🙂

  4. Great post, love the composition and the great colours.

    I like to capture the things we don’t see as we walk the streets.

    I have a great advantage being a foreigner living in a new city, everything seems new and challenging.

    Keep up the good work.


  5. Sonel on said:

    I always play the game of being faster than the subject I am trying to capture, like when I try to shoot butterflies. 🙂

  6. Santi on said:

    Great shot!! And great philosophy!! All around us can be worth a shot, we just need to see.

  7. i’m lazy: shooting mostly in black and white i can complete ignore color and focus on the other two things only 🙂

    • Nothing wrong with shooting black and white! Gesture and Light can often times be emphasized and truly appreciated due to the lack of Color 🙂 Thanks Alessandro

  8. fabala24 on said:

    I like to play the variation game. I’ll start with my 50mm 1.4 lens, pick a subject (this time of year usually flowers!), and then challenge myself to try as mny different ways of approaching the shot as I can think of–wide aperture, narrow aperture, different angles, close up, far away, in context, abstract, shoot down on the subject, shoot up under the subject, in focus, out of focus, and whatever else happens. It’s a lot of fun, and sometimes I get unexpected results. Then I switch to another focal length prime lens and start again with the same subject. This has really helped me to get to know my equipment better, and the repetition has served me well in real life photo situations because I can handle my equipment faster and get more candid shots on the fly!

  9. Great stuff, Nick! I love the primary colors – thanks for sharing your creativity.

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog today! It gave me a chance to discover yours. You make your good points here and I look forward to seeing more of your work and ideas.

    -new follower

  11. Hey I dig this stuff (my blues and your pics and words) I’ll have to be back soon, the t-shirt idea is brilliant! Keep up the good fight, I gotta rest up a bit in my darkroom. So you are next over the foxhole hill!

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