I want to preface today by saying how awesome it is writing in RAW (that’s a photography pun for you photogs). I took up this year long project for two reasons: to learn how to shoot photography and to get back to writing. It is hard some days for both, because you might be tired, drained, or could really just care less. Today was an example of when the creative mind takes over. So without my intention and further ado I give you the second installment of “Thoughts of a Young Creative.” I hope you enjoy:
My experiment with user friendly images continues. I wanted to test out my ability to craft an image. I went into this project with an image in mind, and knew what components I needed to complete the task. If you have been to my facebook page you will notice this is the cover photo (with a slight difference).
I have seen a few people use certain effects on their photos with broken glass. I saw one image where the items behind the glass were blurred and the image through the holes in the glass were clear. I used that same concept, except I kept a theme of photography present. I am sure everyone has seen one person do the classic finger frames. You see if from the stereotypical portrayal of film directors. As a person with a camera I do it all the time, except I never really use my fingers, but imagine if you could. Image if your hands had the ability to manually focus an image. Everything outside of that frame would become blurred. I guess this image has a lot of meaning behind, and I am seeing that as I write this, because this isn’t something that really needs to be imagined.
We all focus on things at times and the rest of the world gets blurred to our concentration. Whether you want to talk about real world issues like education, poverty, abortion, or if you want to look at simple things, like taking a picture. Sometimes we frame out a piece of the world for just a moment while the rest of the world passes us by. We focus so hard on what is in front of us that nothing else seems to matter. We all do it, it just so happens that I, and many of you reading this, use a different type of tool. Think of the last time you walked around with your camera. You were in your own little world. You are out there, exposed to the world for a moment, just as you expose the world to others.
It is funny how sometimes our focus gets the better of us. I went into this a few moments ago, ready to post my image of the day to test my experiments on realism vs. abstract. I was set on that mission, yet here I am with a completely different perspective. I lost focus on my goal and veered off the path, but I don’t seem distraught. Though my original intention seems far off at this point, this new idea seems refreshing. It is like I just learned something. You know what I mean don’t you? That sudden sense of realization. That feeling where you finally get that one word of the tip of your tongue. That “ah ha” moment. So I guess the real question would be, did I lose focus from my goal, or was it a good thing I used manual focus?