Monday, October 08, 2007

1% inspiration, 99% moving furniture

1% inspiration, 99% moving furniture

I like the Arnold Newman quote I have at the end of this blog. Good photography is 1% inspiration and 99% moving furniture. In this case, I took that to heart. The red ottoman seemed like such a great piece to build a shot around. But it just didn't stand out enough in the room. Outside, the (quiet!) road was covered in white crushed granite and seemed to be a perfect backdrop. The parents were thankfully on board with the idea too. (Really the street was very quiet!) We spent a bit of time clearing fallen leaves from the the background and set things up under a bright, cloudy sky which gave really soft, even light. I had the parents jumping around behind my head, rattling keys, clapping and generally trying to attract his attention. I like the mostly bemused expression in this one more than some of the happier shots we got - seems to suit the mood. One thing that's changed in the last year with my photography has been a bit more motivation to follow through on ideas. This is a shot that I might have thought about a year ago, but not even mentioned. It was a whole lot fun, quick, painless and certainly worth making the effort.

2 comments:

Julia said...

Following through on ideas.

That's exactly what I need to do a lot more often. Perhaps I should make a list of my ideas and cross them out when I'm done. It'd be something to inspire me when I'm sitting there with time on my hands wondering what to do with it.

jimbo11604 said...

I don't know much about photography. Heck I do even come out well when people take pictures of me,,but I am enjoying reading your log and seeing your pictures. You have a great talent. Thanks for sharing it.