Through failure comes movement.
I’m working on my curriculum for my “Teaching Others to Fish” photography workshop. In creating an outline I see a pattern of knowledge. I think it’s important for the photographer to:
1. Know your vision.
2. Know your gear.
3. Know your technique.
4. Know your client.
5. Know your subject.
Before you get all excited, this is just a draft outline. However, maybe as a subset under “Know your vision”, there should be a “Know the why.” Of course if you’ve read David duChemin’s Within the Frame you know how important the “why” is. This is an area that I am always pushing myself. It’s a constant struggle between my vision and my why. This last Lumen Dei was like that for me. I took many good images, some very good images. But, I was frustrated because I was constantly working on technique to better facilitate my “why” and what I really wanted to do was let go, and play.
After my conversation on Depth of Field with Nevada Wier and studying her images, I found I was challenged by her great ability to communicate her vision through movement. Many of her images are strangely fluid and show movement through various techniques. I made it my goal to work with slower shutter speeds this trip, to drag the shutter, to pan and use other techniques that would showcase movement. Below you will see some of my attempts.
One of the comments Nevada made to me the day before I left was, “Expect many more failures than successes.” She was absolutely right. What I didn’t count on, was the frustration and the feeling of wasted opportunities. Of course, in hindsight it was not wasted at all. But, after returning from a day of shooting and all you have to show is a CF card full of experiments and failures it can get quite discouraging. But like I said, in hindsight it was well worth it. I am pleased with the progress and the motion I was able to capture.
This Lumen Dei for me was about color and motion. I think I’ve communicated that in these few images.