Patti has this week a very interesting challenge that is also an incredibly useful tool when photographing, “working a shot”. In her amazing post, Patti explains what the objective of such a technique is and gives remarkable examples on how she works the subjects.
This is the kind of exercise I usually do when I find either something I’m fascinated with or something I find difficult to frame or compose and be faithful to how I’m wanting to present it. I’ll share with you two examples of both situations.
Firstly, this amazing flower I’d never seen before. It was something almost otherworldly. Strange and beautiful in equal measure. Sometimes I find myself focusing too much on the details and forget the overall subject. Not this time, this was too special.
The Crown Imperial, as it is.
A closer view, showing how delicate the petals are, the beautiful lines and shading.
The view from above is quite unique and interesting.
Now, here is an example that left me frustrated. We are at the EmbaiXada, in Lisbon. A 19th Century palace converted into a posh shopping centre. There’s been a few projects as this one in Lisbon and I still don’t really know where I stand. In one way, it protects a building of obvious quality from ruin, on the other is just feels too odd. The staircase is amazing, but it proved difficult to shoot, and quickly I realised several photos were needed to make it justice.
Looking up, at the bottom of the staircase.
Once we reached the top, the lovely lamps, the skylight…
Then, looking down from the landing. Someone else is taking photos too…
The joy of such exercise is always finding something different, something that might illuded us otherwise. If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend you to give it a go. I love all the photos I shared today and they are all the result of “working a shot”. If you’re joining us this week, please visit Patti’s original post, link to it and tag Lens-Artists so we can easily find you.
Last week’s challenge, hosted by Tina was a unique chance to have a dig at archives and have some fun. It was also great to see the treasures we all had to share. Next week is the brilliant Ann-Christine’s turn to host. Until then, take care.
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