The Year of Square is Starting to Work, I Think

Everyone is sick of cat photos? Is everyone sick of people portraits? If I see something I like about the light, color, composition, or moment, I'm going to take the shot.

Everyone is sick of cat photos? Is everyone sick of people portraits? If I see something I like about the light, color, composition, or moment, I’m going to take the shot. This is another example of the “look” of the Fujifilm X100s; a look I’ve come to enjoy very much.

What have I learned since my New Year’s Day post? I have learned that all else being equal, I’d rather be out photographing birds. Since the first, I’ve been working long hours during the week, and attending to some personal projects on the weekends, and I expect that will be the case for some time.

The Year of Square project provides an opportunity for technical exercises. Here I was testing depth-of-field fall off, off-camera flash placement, and my own patience, as I struggled to keep the focus point in place without a tripod.

The Year of Square project provides an opportunity for technical exercises. Here I was testing depth-of-field fall off, off-camera flash placement, and my own patience, as I struggled to keep the focus point in place without a tripod.

The Year of Square project is keeping me sane during this image drought. When I started the project, I didn’t want to come home from work in the evenings and then have to come up with a photo. But now, I see that as precisely what I need. I spend all day at work sitting in front of a computer, so having a photo assignment every evening prevents me from coming home and spending the REST of the day sitting at a computer.

Desperation to produce a square image every day also means that any interesting shape or shadow becomes fair game for a shoot.

Desperation to produce a square image every day also means that any interesting shape or shadow becomes fair game for a shoot.

 

Instead of grabshots, I’m now forcing myself to take time and use the considerable resources available (lenses, flashes, etc.) to make images that have a reason to exist. Sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I do not. But I think the key is to keep shooting, so when I do have more time, I’ll have been practicing.

If the pressure to produce an image every day does nothing more than get me to try different lighting scenarios, I will learn a lot over the course of the year.

If the pressure to produce an image every day does nothing more than get me to try different lighting scenarios, I will learn a lot over the course of the year. Here we see how broad lighting can make a subject look ten pounds heavier. 😉

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