Channeling Escher

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  1. sleist

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    Wow! Flipping awesome

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    Thanks all.
     
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    What made you choose this moment to capture this? Is it a certain time of day that leads you to it? What does it say to you?

    It tells me you have a great love for industrialism, volume of line, color, and it's relationship in our space. To treat a flat space with gregarious volume is very impressive.

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    All the shots I've been posting this week were taken during a 3 hour photo walk around Boston. I never really have much of a plan when I shoot. I just walk around and shoot whatever catches my eye. I'm partial to urban abstracts and architecture, but I do shoot a little street too (accidentally mostly). This probably guides my eye as I wander, but I often end up shooting stuff I never intended when I started out. I just let it happen.

    I like this about photography. I would never go wandering aimlessly around a city, alone, if I didn't have a camera. I have to laugh sometimes because I see people looking at me wondering WTF I'm taking a picture of. ;) Hell, I get home sometimes and say WTF was I shooting. :D

    When I get home the fun starts. Once I know my settings are good I don't chimp, so I don't really know what I've got until I see it on my monitor. I check some shots that I was excited to see and often I go "meh". Then sometimes I look at stuff and I find I've caught something really cool, but I wasn't "consciously" aware of it when I took the shot. That's very cool.

    I process to bring out what I saw in my mind's eye. Usually this is just basic curves, sharpening, etc. This shot had some extreme (by my standards) perspective correction. This wasn't my intent when I shot this building. The reflections in the windows caught my eye and I left room for some perspective correction in post, but I really wasn't getting something that I liked. So I pushed it a bit and I was like "Ya. OK. This is cool. Reminds me of Escher".

    And that's pretty much it.

    To be honest, I'm just a lazy f**k with a camera. :D
     
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    Thank you for the reply, I really appreciate it. I learned so much from reading your approach. The, "I process to bring out what I saw in my mind's eye" stands out. Traveler kind of hit me on the head with a hammer with my lazy approach towards that.

    I am intrigued by your anal perspective corrections. You are not lazy.

    So... Reflections caught your eye. Interesting. I assumed it was line.

    Thank you very much for taking your valuable time in helping me become a better artist.

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    Nice to read a bit about your behind the scenes approach! I like this one much more than many building/reflection images.
     
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    I love that he has no plan. He is just having 3 hours of love making with his camera.

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    To be honest, it's light. Reflections are just one type of light.
    "Oooh something shiny ...". Literally, that's my mindset. ;)

    I don't really see myself as being one to give anyone pointers (I'm truly just a hacker at this), but I really believe that if someone wants to get good at photography, they need to learn how to see. You can't take a picture until you see a picture. I would much rather look at an interesting photo taken with a crappy camera, that a dull, technically perfect photo taken with expensive gear. I walk around all the time framing shots in my mind - even when I don't have a camera. Practice seeing.

    I also spend time looking at the photos of photographers whose work I enjoy. Not studying to imitate, but getting enough of the image stuck in my mind so that when I see something out on a walk it will click. Not so much to copy the image, but to recognize when some scene shares a similar feeling or atmosphere. Not sure that makes much sense.

    Anyhoo. I've talked more on this forum today than I have in 6 years of posting.
    I glad you enjoy my stuff, but I'm no expert. I just like taking pictures.

    Time to shut up now. :)
     
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    So glad you posted and responded.

    Light, I see.

    Not a pro? I see it differently but I understand your insight.

    I need to gravitate towards learning how to see.

    Keep talking brother, I am open to learning.

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