Much is made about keeping the subject the key part of the photograph and I fully agree, but a little chaos can be a good thing; as long as it’s there for a reason. We know that living in isolation isn’t a good thing for our mental well-being and Christians believe that man is not meant to be alone (Genesis 2), so from this I know that being in complete isolation isn’t a good thing at all. Where this relates to photography is when we think that we become so important that we don’t need anyone for input; when this happens, we cease to learn and stop growing. How do I get past this? I look at other works by others put out there, whether it be on other blogs out there, photography books, other photographic tools, or asking others, it’s a way for me to learn. I’m not exactly outgoing when it comes to my photography (at least not face-to-face), so that part doesn’t exactly come all too easy for me. We all get inspired by different things and in different ways, so isolation (in the personal sense) isn’t all that good to begin with.
When it comes to certain subjects, a large aperture will work better than a smaller one; I know it sounds obvious because the depth of field is shallower & more isolating with the larger aperture, but it also makes the background & context of the subject nearly irrelevant. Irrelevancy isn’t something that is necessarily a good thing, mostly because it keeps the eye from moving around in the photograph and can often make the view bored with it quicker than should be happening. In my opinion, the above photograph gets away with this somewhat by simulating a wider aperture because of a gradual filter with negative clarity for anything outside of the circle, creating a kind of vignette of clarity around the subject; I refined it this way not just to draw the eye the way it does, but to show the miniature scene the way it felt when I first shot it. While the shot doesn’t strictly stick to the leave-as-shot rules, it does stick to the feel of the scene itself and it sticks to the emotion of the time it was shot.
Getting the feel of a scene in a photograph has mostly been a long struggle for me and I’m far from getting it even half of the time. Maybe it’s my stubbornness that causes this or maybe it’s just that I work without all the bells & whistles that most other people work with, but, either way, I’d rather be doing this and learning as I go instead of just reaching the next step quickly and then wondering where I go from there. I get bored all too easy, especially for someone that isn’t prone to being hyperactive…Even if I do have my crazy moments.