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A Shift in Photography: The Art of VisualsSaturday, November 05, 2016
Ah yes. It's November already. There's that curious annual mist in the air, the cold is starting to set in, the trees are undres...
Ah yes. It's November already. There's that curious annual mist in the air, the cold is starting to set in, the trees are undressing a little quicker now and the long nights have just began to hit. The atmosphere at this time of year is always pretty special, like each and every molecule of oxygen carries with it anticipation.
The only problem with all this, is as a blogger, photo opportunities are drastically minimised. We've just been spoiled with 6 months of late sunsets and early sunrises, and let's be honest, we totally took it for granted. But now the sun's spending more time with her new friends down south, we've got to deal with our new friends - rain, ice, snow, cold and dark.
But this year, I'm trying to see this is an opportunity. I've had my DSLR for 6 years, but the only time I've ever really enjoyed using it is whilst I'm on holiday, and maybe that's because I'm in unfamiliar surroundings where everything is new and fresh. When taking blog photos, there's rarely anything exciting or new going on - just photos of a new look or product, maybe in a slightly different location, or a different background.
Recently I've collaborated with a photographer, who just so happens to be my brother (see his Instagram), and started to play around with a range of different lighting effects and scenarios. I'm learning a bit more about my cameras, their lenses and I've been experimenting a lot more - sure, some might turn out disastrous, but that's experimental photography for you! If you've been checking out my Instagram lately though, you'll see that a few of them have turned out to be pretty mind-blowing. More importantly, it's proving to be fun!
For the winter at least, this will be the direction my shots are going in. Who knows what the spring and summer of 2017 will hold though - maybe I'll go back to my old ways, or maybe I'll find even more new ways to experiment. One thing is for sure, there'll be no Chelsea doors appearing here. ;)