Yes, I am hoping the alliteration brought you into this topic…
A Little Background
I was recently playing with a headshot I had taken of my wife, and found myself thinking about the level of familiarity I had with her face. I’ve taken tons of images of her over the years and find myself thinking about details that I know about that might not be noticed by others who lack the same level of experience looking at her.
This got me thinking further about how unaware we can be of the details that go into how we perceive things, and how the combination of multiple things might drive our overall experience. For instance, my wife has an awesome scar on her chin, but I don’t ever really notice it specifically - it is just another thing that contributes to my experience of her. She’s also got freckles, most of which I’m very familiar with also (first name basis?).
As such, I thought it might be fun to consider this as a photography challenge for everyone. See if we can stretch our photography muscles and have some fun sharing some results.
Choose a subject that you’d like to consider. This can be a person, object, place, whatever: your choice.
Think about what qualities contribute to your overall experience of the subject. Really consider what details makeup your perception and different ways of capturing them!
Photograph those things!
Compose the results as “slices” and combine them in a single final image. My idea was to constrain each image to a crop ratio of 2.76:1 (Ultra Panavision 70 ratio - for cinema nuts…) or 2.35:1.
Following this idea, your final image will be probably be 2760x5000 (or 2350x5000) and will be composed of one wide shot to start (or give context to the following images), and four images of your details. So similar to this (feel free to do it vertically instead if it suits you):
This is just to demonstrate the cropping and composition of the final image and isn’t representative of the types of images you may want to use.
This is an exercise to hopefully help us think thematically about a subject and ways to approach photographing them where we can focus our personal viewpoint to the results.
There’s no real time-frame on this, and I’m hoping it’s more of an open-ended opportunity for folks to try out the challenge - so feel free to drop in and share your results in the thread whenever you get something together that you like (or feel free to create your own thread in the Showcase category.
- Love that fancy cup of coffe? Why? Maybe show us the beans, cup, prep, and barista?
- Motorcycle (wo)man? What about engine closeup, wheels, handlebars, helmet?
- Favorite pet? Nose, ears, paws?
- Special place to you? Sit down for a moment, put the camera down, and think about what things make it special to you.
(I’m not 100% sure about the post type name, but I’m going to go with it for now. Thank you to everyone on the naming thread for their input!)