I began my first set of exercises from one of Bryan Peterson's books that I have to help me understand photography. There are so many aspects to study and I like the fact that he has sets of exercises to do to learn VISUALLY and "zone in" on one at a time. This first exercise will take a while to accomplish but just this first day, I can understand a lot more about lenses and perspective.
The instructions were to have a model that you can use for every exercise so I just chose my bike. You place this model in front of a tree, use one size of lens, and stand back far enough to get the entire model with space all around it and take a photo standing up. I chose the 50mm lens to begin with because he said the 50mm lens is more like the human eye.
After you take the first photo, you are to walk forward 5 steps and take another one, take another 5 steps, take another, etc. until you are face to face with your model.
As you can see from these photos, I shot photos as I got closer and closer and my perspective gradually changes.
This is my final photo as I was standing and you can see the progression of the others above.
This next group is the same routine, only I get on my knees for every shot.
I'm still shooting using a 50mm lens but am just on my knees with every shot.
I'm not using any special composition but as I get closer, it is very tempting.
Also I am keeping a horizontal format which is normally for landscape and I am tempted at times to change to the vertical portrait format but I keep it horizontal.
Here is the last shot as I'm on my knees. Of course, I could have taken a photo of any part of the bike but I just chose the handlebars.
Now I'm on my stomach! Then I stand up and walk 5 steps forward and get back down on my stomach.
To me, this was the most interesting position.
Also, in addition to keeping my lens at 50mm, I have the flash off and am not changing my mode of shooting, just an automatic shot to keep all variables the same except for MY position.
I always knew that I was a visual learner but this exercise REALLY made me realize that this is so true! Also, I hope this is not too boring to read and want you to know that I am doing a lot of these notes for my benefit so I can go back and read and SEE what I have done to better understand what I'm learning.
Now here is my final shot! I love it! I'm on my belly and hoping my next door neighbor is not at home watching and thinking I'm a complete nut! With this shot, I could see the garden statue and want it to be in focus and I never could get it to focus until I just took my camera around the tire and focused, held the focus, then recomposed behind the spokes again and got the shot I wanted.
I hope that tomorrow I will have time to do this again but just use a different focal length with my lens. This will be very interesting.
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