Traveling to southern Georgia last week was terrific. I had a chance to swing by the scenic town of St. Mary, Georgia. You might not know the name, but you may have seen it in many a TV show or movie under another name.
The waterfront is on a river which separates it from an island national park. The park is lovely, and includes several piers, a water fountain and some good places to eat! I tried to get a little flavor of the town in these shots I had time to get.
On the way home I took a road less traveled, the ones I really like to take, and met Tatter. Tatter is Matter the Tow Truck’s older brother. Tatter and I had time for a short conversation. I learned everything Matter can do, Tatter does better because he taught him. The talent scouts wanted Tatter, but he loves Georgia Peaches too much to want to trade it in for Tinseltown!
Other trip photos can be found here! St Mary, Georgia
Skip’s Summer School lesson #1001
Shadows make a photo. Funny to think of…but after looking around for terrific light it is the shadow that makes or breaks you. The shadow allows your mind to perceive depth in a photo. With depth comes the desired three dimensions in a two dimensional frame.
In these photos I made a concerted effort to have a shadow under the nose, or in the fringes of the eye socket. When I watched my son advance down the first baseline I watched through the telephoto and chose a few frames where I anticipated the shadow (I don’t spray and pray..This was his second time around and I already knew where the shadows were working). With my son I even practiced with him playing, and then posing for me trying to get the light right. I tried about ten poses and techniques to finally get this one.
I know, not award winning, but even in short trips out with the kids if I practice selective photo taking I will produce a better image. One that I may want to frame as more than a Kraniochrome.
Shadows make a photo…remember that and 9 times out of 10 our photos will improve!
Back to lessons learned…
This week I want to briefly discuss leading lines. In three of these photos I used lines to focus the viewers attention. In one photo I don’t, and that photo leaves most viewers with a question mark in their minds.
See in baseball the eye can follow the baselines…and the action does as well. All action focuses on the point where the runner must meet the base and pivot his direction to advance. You would do the same thing in soccer, football, or basketball by showing the goals and basket.
In the photo where three players go up to catch the ball they just happened to be in perfect alignment for split second (when I caught them). The ball is visible and lets us know what they are jumping for.
In the photo of my outfielder son the lines run in multiple directions. One runner is headed to the base, the cutoff man is looking at my son, and my son is focused on the boy headed to first base in a third direction. He has the ball though…so the viewer would be saying “What is he looking at?” It works to show the confusion of the moment,but it can leave more questions than answers in the viewers mind.
So keep these lines in your head when photographing sports, travel scenes or anything else. They can be used to reinforce your photograph’s intent in ways limited only by your imagination.
I was Friday’s Guest host on www.photoresroucehub.com for my buddy Skip Cohen. The topic of the host is mentorship. We all have mentors in our lives…parents, co-workers, bosses, friends…but do we really use their lessons? In most cases we have to overcome a great deal of hubris in ourselves before we realize how many pains we can avoid while growing in our personal and professional lives. Once we overcome that hurdle we can blossom faster than if we work alone. I speak from painful experience of not listening fast enough…and now am older and wiser because I head counsel much faster than ever before.
Well check out the post and see a great website! Guest Post by Eric Wojtkun