It is always good to look at an old location with new eyes. Or even better through somebody else’s eyes. Yesterday I went out with another blogger from WordPress called Adrian at FATman photos as he only lives a few miles from me in South Bristol.
We spent a few hours wandering around Stanton Drew in the Chew Valley a location I’ve been to once 10 years ago to photograph the stone circle but didn’t see much photographic potential. Adrian has been more recently and with his help and ways of thinking to produce slightly different pictures from me.
He tends to use a telephoto lens of around 300 mm so is thinking and looking for pictures of detail, were I would normally be thinking principally about using a wide-angle lens so I’m looking vistas or close in detail plus of strong background. He also talks about the benefits of spot metering which was something I very rarely do.
So looking at a subject and conditions (very bright and sunny) that were not in my usual span of thinking has helped expand the way I look and think about various photographic situations. So my advice is if you can borrow somebody else’s brains and ideas do.
The picture above is called “Religion – ancient and modern”, hopefully you can guess why? It was a sunny f16 morning so I choose to eliminate most shadow detail to make a graphic picture.
My website is going through a major update with a lot of new pictures and content so please take a look.
A big hello to all new followers on my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013