A Photographer’s Nonidentical Collection

I took these photographs with an IPhone over the course of the past two weeks. This is not a statement of acclamation for Apple, I will never succumb to their trendy marketing nonsense, though I do love my phone and my photographs. That is not the point, however. I would simply like to draw attention to my work for critique.

What is most important when taking a photograph is perspective. Lighting matters, adherence to a rule of thirds, subject matter, among other things, these are also important, however, the photographer must consider the lens through which he/she wishes audiences to view the image.

All of my photographs below were taken cautiously. I was circumspect in my approach, making sure the perspective given emphasized something about the subject, or my view of the subject. But sometimes photographers get lucky and end up in the right place at the right time. This often happens to me. Knock on wood.

My best photograph (while this may be subject to opinion) is the image of the baseball bat and glove on the baseball field. It was taken at a local ballpark in Burlington, VT, where I am from. The stadium is empty and the field is prepped for before-the-game batting practice. Perhaps I am bias because I love the game of baseball. However, I am not alone in this regard. People can connect with this image. When you see the image it is intended to evoke a visceral reaction of yearning. The viewer should want to pick up the bat, the glove and take the field, an empty field that needs players.

Hopefully the image is aesthetically stimulating, but on a separate note, I did try to adhere to basic photographic image (7)principle. The subject of the photo is in the bottom third of photograph, the lighting is appropriate, the point of view makes sense (i.e. I’m not standing directly over the subject like I don’t know what baseball is), and the framing of the image is intentional- I don’t reveal too much of the stadium because then it would take away from the subject.

Comment with critiques, leave photos of your own. There is always an opportunity to capture what is happening around us in an ever-changing world. I am a firm believer in “living in the moment,” but if we don’t take pictures we’ll forget everything one day, and remain with nothing to show for it.

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  1. AU New Practice · October 1, 2014

    Ryan, You should be a writer for something!

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