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Running Color

An photo that's primary subject matter is light and color has produced an impressionistic result.

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 93mm. Exposure Details: 1/60 second @ f 11 ISO 100

The primary subject matter of this photo is light and color.

People will determine for themselves the relevance of the running/dripping text that had been applied to the front of the window. By photographing from the other side of the glass I was able to abstract the text and further enhance the sense of mystery. Most folks, looking for understanding, will no doubt try to make sense of the text by trying to read it. Perhaps there’s some hidden message that can be found by reversing the characters? Other folks will see the text as I did when I made the image: as design elements within the frame. Either approach is fine by me. As long as you can hold the viewers attention, and prompt them to explore and think about what they’re seeing, you’re doing well.

To further enhance their importance within the frame I was careful to compose the image in such a way to frame each character between the green vertical bars.

I love the muted colors, largely due to the frosted nature of the glass, and their complimentary (warm/cool) relationships.

Next time you’re out and about photographing you might like to set yourself an assignment. Try finding interesting subject matter that you can abstract. One of the ways of doing this is to base your image on the inherent design elements within the object you’re photographing. So instead of making a photograph that becomes a relatively accurate representation of a flower, which is unlikely to be as beautiful as the flower itself, concentrate your composition on the lines, shapes, textures and color present within the flower. These elements may well have drawn your attention to the flower in the first place. So why not explore your relationship with the subject by photographing what focused your attention in the first place? A rose is a rose is a rose. But the fun is in portraying your relationship with and your response to that rose. And that’s something worth sharing with the world through your photography.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


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