For a photographer, perspective means everything. Many photographers have their specialties, whether it is landscapes, macros, portraits, street, action,…well, the list goes on.
I don’t feel I have a particular specialty, but my eye tends toward landscape and macro photography…and color! I prefer color but I appreciate the black and white images that I have seen from many fellow bloggers that are incredibly stunning.
Since Autumn is in full swing here in Northern California, my new phone is collecting all kinds of Autumn leaves and trees. This might be my obsession but I hope you will indulge me today as you look at my collection of Experimental images.
The featured image above was taken from my cousin’s deck in Portland, Oregon, last fall as the porch light illuminated the leaves in such a beautiful way. I even caught a spider web in this shot.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
On the Sacramento State University campus, where I teach, the eclectic collection of trees and the Autumn show is breathtaking!
It is normal to take photos of landscapes like the one below. This happens to set the stage for the rest of the images as the perspectives and angles change to capture some experimental shots. The ginkgo trees in two areas of campus attract a lot of attention by students taking photos and selfies with their phones.
Once I see a landscape like this, I look up and then down for any unusual perspectives. I was not disappointed with what I found!
Rain had fallen the day before, leaving behind puddles with floating leaves. I noticed right away the reflections of the trees from which the leaves had fallen which created unusual images.
Students looked at me with curiosity as I squatted down and contorted by handbag-laden body for these unusual puddle shots.
At least I didn’t fall face forward into one of the puddles.
Famous photographer Ansel Adams said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Think of yourself casually walking along on an asphalt-covered road and take a peek at the show under your feet.
“Photography helps people to see.” Berenice Abbot
What unusual photos can you make today?