Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY) will be a combination weekly “tips and tricks” combined with a photo challenge.
To find out who was awarded the Gold Star Award and Features for this week, please see CCY Week 2 – Gold Star Award and Features (What All Well-Composted Photos have in Common).
To find out more how to enter this challenge check CCY Home page.
This week’s CCY Theme is Always Take More than One Photo.
With this digital age, taking more than one photo is always, always smart. You never know if you had a blurry shot, or the wind came up, you breathed wrong, or a hundred other reasons to have a not-so-perfect shot.
When you do take multiples, you can take a photo from the same angle just to make sure you got the shot, but you can also try taking it from different angles, just to see if you can work a little more interest into your photo.
For landscapes, you can do the same thing. Most landscape have one solid object like a grouping of trees, a mountain, etc. and you can walk to capture them from a slightly different angle.
Notice in this example how moving slightly has changed how these trees are oriented with each other. Which do you like best. (Photos were not cropped or edited.)
For now, experiment with taking multiple shots from slightly different angles, just to expand your vision. Squat down, stand on something, walk a few feet to one side and then the other. If it’s a small object, move it. Shot from the back of it or straight down onto the top of it.
The opportunity to take that photo again may never come back. The lighting might shift, people get in your frame or you’re on vacation and don’t have time to return and shoot the scene again. Digital memory is relatively cheap these days. The price of experimenting with real film was always expensive, given the cost of film, development and printing. But digital is cheap and easy. So don’t be stingy with your shots. Take plenty and enjoy yourself.
Take a series of photos of one object from at least six different angles. You can put them in a gallery to save space on your upload. Show the good, the bad and the ugly in your gallery.
Extra credit for Gold Star Award
On your blog post, choose the two best photos from the group, upload them at whatever size you would regularly use so everyone can see them clearly, then explain why you like them. Did anything surprise you?
Current Series – Basic Photo Composition
- Week #1 How your camera is not like your eye
- Week #2 What All Well-Composed Photos have in Common
- Week #3 Always take more than one photo (current week)
- Week #4 Simplicity
The Next Series – All About Lines
- Week #5 Leading Lines
- Week #6 Horizontal Lines
- Week #7 Vertical Lines
- Week #8 Diagonal Lines
My Entry for the Week
This is a 6 out of about 12 photos that I took of this Flame Thrower dahlia. I did not editing except for slight sharpening and lens correction. I used my Sony a7II camera with 18-200 lens zoomed most of the way in for most of these. The lighting wasn’t the best but I think for the purposes of this challenge, it works well. Click on any photo to see gallery and my comments pertaining to each photo.
My Extra-Credit Photos
I like this photo because the lighting was better. The flower looks happy and I can see the swirls. I think they are neat.
I like this angle because of the dramatic colors showing the color of my wall behind it. The swirly petals are cool too.
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