Friday, January 31, 2014

My Favorite Photographs of 2013 - Part 4 (July)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9

Here are my favorite photographs that I captured during July, 2013. I originally intended to include August in this post, but I captured too many images this month to do so. Again, these are not all of the photographs that I captured, just the ones that I like the most.

I used a Samsung NX200, a Samsung NX210, and a Pentax K-30 to capture these. It does not matter which photographs are from which cameras. Cameras are not important, vision is.
Thank You For Stopping By - Tehachapi, California
Green House - Tehachapi, California
Life Right Outside The Open Door - Tehachapi, California
Forgotten Faucet - Tehachapi, California
The Cupboard Is Bare - Tehachapi, California
Forgotten Seat - Tehachapi, California
One Dollar - Tehachapi, California
Drywall Screws - Tehachapi, California
Old Kitchen - Tehachapi, California
Twin Windows - Tehachapi, California
Have A Nice Day - Tehachapi, California
Dusk Town - Tehachapi, California
Fireworks Over Tehachapi #3 - Tehachapi, California
Amtrak Train - Pismo Beach, California
Train Wheel - Pismo Beach, California
Sandy Path #2 - Pismo Beach, California
California Dream - Pismo Beach, California
Beach Grass - Pismo Beach, California
Flying Seagull #1 - Pismo Beach
Wave And Three Rocks - Pismo Beach, California
Fisherman - Pismo Beach, California
Pismo Rocks - Pismo Beach, California
Three Kayaks - Pismo Beach, California
Surfers - Avila Beach, California
Avila Beach - Avila Beach, California
Tire Tracks - Avila Beach, California
Red Bridge - Stallion Springs, California
Purple Thistle - Stallion Springs, California
Evening Oak - Stallion Springs, California
Half Moon - Stallion Springs, California
One Red Flower - Stallion Springs, California
Natural Design - Stallion Springs, California
Country Wood - Stallion Springs, California
Three Horses - Tehachapi, California
Daisy - Stallion Springs, California
Wasp And Ant - Stallion Springs, California
Face In The Tree - Tehachapi, California
Imaginary Forest - Tehachapi, California
Beach Homes - Oxnard, California
Sailboats - Oxnard, California
Waiting Pelican - Oxnard, California
Sailboat Race - Oxnard, California
Sailing Star - Oxnard, California
Americana Life - Oxnard, California
An Unknown Dream - Oxnard, California
Pacific Waves - Oxnard, California
Uncertain Sea - Oxnard, California
Forgotten Footprints - Oxnard, California

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Does The Photographer Make The Scene Or Does The Scene Make The Photograph?

Sunset, California - Stallion Springs, California
This was captured while standing in my yard. It was an ordinary location, but at the same time an extraordinary scene.
Does the photographer make the scene or does the scene make the photograph? This blog started on March 16, 2011 with a post with that as the title. The original article was first published on a stock photography website, but I wanted to place it in a more public place. I didn't really have any further vision of this blog at that time, so it is interesting to look back at that journey and see where it is now.

In that original post, I wondered if the scene was most important, or the photographer's vision. I said, "An ordinary photo of the Grand Canyon is better than a really good photo of the drainage ditch next to the highway." I also said, "The photographer is what makes the scene great."
Lampshade - Goodyear, Arizona
A photograph of an ordinary subject that was used in that very first blog post.
So which is it? The scene or the photographer? I'm reminded time and time again that it is both.

I see great photographs all of the time of very ordinary things. The photographer had the vision to create an amazing piece of art from something no one else would have looked twice at.
Colorado River From Hoover Dam - Hoover Dam, Nevada
A photograph of an extraordinary subject that was used in that very first blog post.
I also experience in my own photography great success when I photograph great scenes. Sometimes I'm blown away. I know my own vision played a large part in the photographs, but I also know that the scene was also key. Even a quick day trip to Big Bear Lake reinforces this.

I think that when photographic vision and great scenes are combined together in an image, there is something magical about that. There is a benefit to finding and photographing great scenes.
Boulder Bay - Big Bear Lake, California
Big Bear is so beautiful that an ordinary photograph at a local park looks extraordinary.
The trap is thinking that the scene alone is what matters. You must still have vision. You must still be creative. You must still be an artist.

The take-away here is that when photographic vision and great scenes merge together, that is when amazing things happen. Great scenes don't need to be in some far off location. Look for them around you, like in the image at the top (Sunset, California), which I captured while standing in my own yard.