Yesterday the speakers and some of the staff from the upcoming Photocamp Utah got together at the Moran Eye Center to go over our presentations and some other info, and I decided to get there early and go on my own little photo-walk. I didn’t just walk around randomly taking photos, I gave myself a theme to look for – angles. I didn’t know what I was going to find and initially got some mediocre shots, but as I walked around I looked up and saw a beautiful reflection on the windows on the front of the Moran Eye Center’s building. I didn’t see just one angle, but several lines and angles going lots of directions (along with some nice color in the mix, too!).

Composing this shot was difficult and I took a lot of photos before I found one I really liked. It was a challenge since there were lines and angles going in every direction. I eventually decided that the curve of the building was the most important part and went with the composition that favored the curved lines but still balanced well with the other aspects of the scene.

I think I’m going to do this more often and give myself a specific theme when I go on photo-walks in the future. I’m also going to try real hard to bring my camera with me everywhere. I usually shoot with a battery grip and a 24-105mm lens, but I just acquired an old 50mm f/1.8 from a friend who upgraded and it looks real nice (and is much easier to haul around) on my battery-grip-less 7D.

Yesterday the speakers and some of the staff from the upcoming Photocamp Utah got together at the Moran Eye Center to go over our presentations and some other info, and I decided to get there early and go on my own little photo-walk. I didn’t just walk around randomly taking photos, I gave myself a theme to look for – angles. I didn’t know what I was going to find and initially got some mediocre shots, but as I walked around I looked up and saw a beautiful reflection on the windows on the front of the Moran Eye Center’s building. I didn’t see just one angle, but several lines and angles going lots of directions (along with some nice color in the mix, too!).

Composing this shot was difficult and I took a lot of photos before I found one I really liked. It was a challenge since there were lines and angles going in every direction. I eventually decided that the curve of the building was the most important part and went with the composition that favored the curved lines but still balanced well with the other aspects of the scene.

I think I’m going to do this more often and give myself a specific theme when I go on photo-walks in the future. I’m also going to try real hard to bring my camera with me everywhere. I usually shoot with a battery grip and a 24-105mm lens, but I just acquired an old 50mm f/1.8 from a friend who upgraded and it looks real nice (and is much easier to haul around) on my battery-grip-less 7D.

Nicole S. Young is a photographer, published author, and educator specializing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and photography. She is best known for her books on food photography but is widely versed in various photographic genres, including landscape, nature, stock, travel, and lifestyle.

5 Comments

  1. Uschi March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Love this shot Nicole!

  2. Brad K March 12, 2010 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I love walking around with my D300 and a 50 1.8 it goes everywhere with me! Nice overall comp with the dominant lines running bottom left to top right.

  3. Glori March 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Love the shot and color. Giving yourself an agenda before shooting is a great idea.

  4. BWJones March 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Sorry I did not have time to stop and talk earlier. Had a guest to take care of, but do let me know if you ever want a tour of the Moran. I’ll be happy to arrange it.

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