Photography – The Art of Spontaneity

by on June 6, 2010

Wedding Fun

I like the candid shot, the one that’s not rehearsed, when people are just being people. Whether they are laughing or crying or angry. Because life truly is a stage and we are the players on that stage.

I love it when people are talking to each other. The camera captures their interest, their intention, their desire to give and receive the communication. That’s what it’s all about.

Of course I love nature. There is a certain Zen in it. It is just ‘being’ and doing it so well. For me it’s capturing that ‘essence’ and immortalizing it on film. Usually those are not for others but more for myself.

However, I was thinking about it and sometimes it’s to say to others, ‘Hey, look where I’ve been!’ To get acknowledgment or validation for that, maybe even admiration, if it was something pretty wild. Like a bear being particularly close by or hanging over a cliff to get just the right angle for one’s picture.

Mostly it’s capturing the beauty of something. Because there is real beauty all around us in everything we see and do. Even the human tragedy. As much as I hate to admit it there is a certain terrible beauty in a mangled car or thousands of trees that were knocked over by hot air and ash along the side of Mount St. Helen or a burned landscape in Yellowstone. Admiring the fickle nature of flames that miss one area all together and destroy another. Strangely beautiful.

Sharing a Good Laugh

So the next time you are taking a picture, ignore the obvious and maybe be bold and try something a little bit different. A couple walking away from you arm in arm, the underside of a flower with the sun above, litter on a street corner. It’s all art. Beautifulness and ugliness are both considerations. That line that ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ is totally true.

Ultimately, the real point is to have fun. Try different things. Experiment. What have you got to lose? A few nano-seconds of time to take the shot and delete it if you don’t like it. No big deal.

Don’t be surprised if you catch an award winning photograph because it is different and will capture people’s imagination. Good Luck!

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