I have to admit I was less than enthusiastic about this week’s project – but I happened to learn a lot. So this week was one of discovery, rather than creativity.The project was about minimizing horizons – that should have been easy. Well…..I started to question what exactly constituted a minimal horizon? Less than the bottom third? A sliver? I didn’t realize how ingrained the rule of thirds was in my mind, until I started to mess with it. So my interpretation is a little looser than it probably should have been – anything less than the bottom third (even if it’s just a smidgen) qualified.
In addition to realizing I now see in thirds, I also discovered the importance of the sky and what a difference it makes in an image. Something has to be happening there whether its:
- Great cloud activity like in the featured photo (infrared is great for pulling the texture of clouds out)
- Color – I added the gradation of color in a couple of photos you see below
- Texture – when I wanted to create a specific mood like in the abandoned town we ran across I went to textures.
- Creative processing – I like the vintage looks for challenging what we are used to seeing – saturated blue skies.
Here are my picks this week (to view larger, click on an image below to enter slide show mode):