photography from the ground up

A Metamorphic Paradigm

There are places and scenes that I have photographed so extensively that I often think I shouldn’t bother to make yet another exposure. After all, if you’ve photographed something once, there’s no need to waste time doing it again. Right?

Some of these places have a kind of power over me. It seems I can’t go near without setting up my gear and making an image. That’s as it should be; it’s wrong to think that there is only one image waiting for you in any given location or subject. There is no end to the ways something can be photographed if you dig deep into your bag of creative tricks. The Bisti Arch in the Bisti Wilderness is one of the places that always draws me to it.

I have been to the arch many times. Every time I lead a Photo Tour to the Bisti, I take my clients there, and every time I go on one of my own outings, I find myself there. I could try to take a “been there, done that” attitude, but then that little voice starts haranguing me and I’m soon happily engaged in the process of composing and making photographs.

The result is a rather large collection of images of this formation (and others that I am drawn to in the same way). But, I try to give each version its own voice; whether I change the point of view or the focal length of the lens, or process the image differently, each of the resulting photographs portrays the subject in a unique way.

Sometimes, as in the above image, I give the feature a bit part, making it part of the background with other elements leading the eye to it. And sometimes I change the point of view dramatically

so the viewer may not even realize that it is the same place. The point I’m trying to make here is that making images of places or subjects that you have photographed numerous times need not be a repetitive chore. If you study the place and its environment, there are many ways you can come up with a fresh perspective and a new way of presenting your subject.

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18 responses

  1. Wonderful images, I can see why you’re drawn to this place!

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    November 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  2. I like that sort of photography a lot.Fantastic pictures.

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    November 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  3. superb images, and a great write up. I just love the big open skies!

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    November 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

  4. Reblogged this on Carlos Tornero Pando WordPress News.

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    November 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

  5. Great shots and blog

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    November 15, 2012 at 2:34 am

  6. i love your skies they are the best background

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    November 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  7. enricogiampi

    I really love this kind of pictures… they are extremely inspiring to me 😉

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    December 6, 2012 at 3:40 am

  8. enricogiampi

    Reblogged this on enricogiampi and commented:
    real beatiful and inspiring nature pictures 😉

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    December 6, 2012 at 3:41 am

  9. what part of the country is this in?

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    December 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  10. Reblogged this on retta145 and commented:
    fascinating

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    April 24, 2013 at 4:28 am

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