Friday, February 15, 2008

Fence and snow

Fence and snow, originally uploaded by Josh Gentry.

Yashica FX-3 Super 2000
Yashica lens, 50 mm 1:1.9
Kodak Gold 200 film
Winter 2008

When I decided to make photography a serious hobby, I thought I would be doing all black and white. I've always liked B & W best, and you can do your own darkroom thing pretty easily. When I started really sifting through Flickr, though, I found some photographers whose work I love, who take mostly color. So I decided not to be bigoted. I put a color roll in my camera.

Then it snowed. Ouch! Once I got over being bummed that we had snow and I didn't have B & W film, I went out and took my pictures. Turns out I like some of them.

With this one I'm flying in the face of conventional wisdom. One of the challenging parts to learn of all this is composition. Being a novice, I'm trying to learn the basics. One rule of thumb is don't put your center of interest in the center of the picture. The Rule of Thirds is suggested for figuring out where to put the center of interest.

This is the picture as I took it, and the knot hole is dead center. When I got the prints back and realized I'd done that, I cropped the picture several different ways, with the knot hole in the spots suggested by the Rule of Thirds. Didn't like them as much. I don't know if I'm being obtuse or not, but I like the rule breaking picture better.


Matt Dick said...

The Rule of Thirds is important to keep in mind, but it's destructive if it's treated as law.

I like this.

Matt Dick said...

Also bear in mind that any color picture can be made black and white. It may take playing with the exposure levels while shooting or printing, but it's doable.

I have a semi-pro photographer friend who often uses a specific type of color film to shoot B&W sometimes, just for a unique effect.

Josh Gentry said...

I'm glad you like it. I'm not comfortable deviating from the rules of thumb yet, and I think that's good, because I don't know much about what I'm doing. That said, I just like this one.

I will probably play with seeing how some of these look without color.

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