Tuesday, June 09, 2009

zig when they zag


A friend was kind enough to remind me again about picking the path less travelled. We were talking about lens choices for a possible trip to Yellowstone. Considering renting high quality, long telephoto lenses. I mentioned about bringing a 500mm mirror lens. Crappy optics. Not worth using. Manual focus. She pointed out that I'd get different shots to most people. Same with shooting portraits up close with a wide angle lens. (and congratulations to Kate for finishing her first triathlon this weekend)

Some times it is worth picking your favourite piece of received wisdom and doing just exactly the opposite. You'll get something different. You might find something new for you. Maybe it won't work, maybe it will. But you could well be surprised. I like this shot of American football, by Winograd as another fine example of this idea. A friend of mine was lucky enough to study with Winograd and is also constantly trying to go in the other direction to everyone else. His blog is well worth reading as a result.

So your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to go and do something you think 'shouldn't be done' this week. Try doing the opposite of what you think is the right way to take a picture. Let me know how it goes.


Jan Klier said...

Very good points. Now, if you complete this logic though, you would choose a different travel destination. Going to Yellowstone is about as worn a path you can find.... Compared to your Prada store for example, which is somewhat known, but nearly as much photographed.


Unknown said...

very true, but Yellowstone, and the Tetons are new to me. They may well have been photographed before, much like Yosemite, but to me it's a new subject. Also it should be a nice place to camp and watch the stars, which is more important.

Bob Towery said...

I really like this shot. It's fun, different, and she's really full of life. One to be proud of!

Tammy said...

Love this pic. Reminds me of that short-lived show, "Picking Daisies".