Friday, October 25, 2013

Radial Zoom Blur

Assignment #23:  Zoom in or out while taking a picture.

If you hold your camera body reasonably steady and twist your zoom lens while shooting, you create the rather chaotic excitement of straight lines converging in the center of your sometimes-rather-abstract photo.

I imagine this can be done in post, but where's the fun in that?  Also, I'll acknowledge that these pictures may create a short-lived "wow" factor.  Still, it's something to try when you have a colorful subject that just isn't working out.

Patch Zoom
Fishers, Indiana

Pick Pic

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fill the Frame

Assignment #22:  Get so close to your subject that it extends beyond the borders of your picture.

There are numerous ways to "get close", of course - you can do it physically or with a zoom lens or with a post-production crop.

As a "fix", this is a good way to eliminate distracting background elements but use it also to create impact and emphasize details.

You 'Rang?
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California

Metamora, Indiana

Fishers United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, Fishers, Indiana

Friday, October 11, 2013

Vibrant Colors

Assignment #21:  Take a picture that features a combination of bright, vibrant colors.

This kind of photo can attract a viewer's eye before they even look closely at it.  Bright colors are friendly and welcoming.  It's not by chance that a lot of children's items use the red-yellow-blue-green palette.  Include orange or purple to avoid being too kid-like.

Strung Up
Metamora, Indiana

Maya Riviera
Fishers, Indiana

Herd That
Metamora, Indiana

Friday, October 4, 2013


Assignment #20:  Take pictures of curves, spirals, and circles.

To my eye, finding some curves is a pretty reliable way to make a compelling photo.

Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Park Blue
Pocket park bike rack, Fishers, Indiana

Washington and Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana