Photographic Evolution...

by Pino Pino June. 09, 2019 623 views

There came a transition somewhere along the line of my photographic evolution wherein now more often than not my favorite photos are the ones I see first in my mind and then go capture. That's not to say that I don't have favorites that I just came upon in the moment, just that the ratio has shifted.

My photographic evolution defined by where my favorite photos came from:

Phase 1 evolution - happenstance...

Phase 2 evolution - 50/50 happenstance/pre-visualized

Phase 3 [Current] evolution - 85/15 pre-visualized/happenstance

Looking back, I went through this with film but with less notice... but am now going through it in digital with more self recognition of it occurring.

I have reached a point where even on the fly I tend to find myself seeing the capture I want before capturing it... I find myself moving into position and adjusting camera settings to get 'that' capture - not thinking about it as much as just doing it. Though the more I think about doing that (doing instead of thinking) the clumsier I get - so I have had to learn to 'get out of my head', just focus on the image I have in my mind's eye and let my instincts drive the technical bits.

As an example, below are some of shots that I knew I wanted and talked my son into 'hand modeling' for me.

We were camping and kept walking past the little water spigot stations and I got in my head an image of the water diverted by hand and creating a spray of droplets - and, using depth of field, I 'saw' capturing the movement of the spray/droplets.

I was admittedly a little obsessed with capturing the image once I envisioned it - and my son, encouraged by my wife (I think mostly to shut me up), finally relented and came along for the 'shoot'.

Here are two of the shots I captured at the location I had envisioned these shots at as I wanted that silky smooth green bokeh in the background which I got because of a swampy area behind the spigot - the entire series producing 17 I really like ... and below those two is one I captured at a different spigot with a different background scenario...

One of the shots I'd been envisioning in my mind's eye - very happy with the resulting image!

One of the shots I'd been envisioning in my mind's eye - very happy with the resulting image!

One of the shots I'd been envisioning in my mind's eye - very happy with the resulting image!

One of the shots I'd been envisioning in my mind's eye - very happy with the resulting image!

Another location (just up the path from the first) which I was not particularly drawn to but am very happy with as a final image.

Another location (just up the path from the first) which I was not particularly drawn to but am very happy with as a final image.

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Buster Bruce 2 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful images and narritive

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Pino Pino Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you!

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Berckmans Peter 2 months, 1 week ago

Good post, I can see my photo evolution also lately. Some are already made in my head and there are a few drifting around in my head. Learning some new skills and shooting quite a lot helps . And I must say photoblog is a part of my evolution. I found that I am not a technical photographer, I know the basic skills and some extra, but many times I go on feeling. Your pictures are very good, #2 is my fav.

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Pino Pino Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! I truly believe that emotional connection to what we shoot is the magic sauce that makes amazing photos!;)

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Radha Mistry 2 months, 1 week ago

Love the shots

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Pino Pino Replied to Radha Mistry 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks!

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Camellia 2 months, 1 week ago

I really like all three. The colors are gorgeous and the framing just right. I enjoyed reading your post, I am not sure I am totally there but I do know that I times I see it in my head before I have it on camera. Thanks for sharing smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! I don't always hit my mark but it is fun when I do...  and an exciting and amazing challenge to learn why when I don't! ;)

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Piotr Matura 2 months, 1 week ago

Very nicely done photos and interesting post! I definitely agree that there is this evolution - at least I can say that I experiencing something similar. I think it is in large part about knowledge - of photography principles, techniques, gear. And the more one knows, the more he/she is able to imagine desired photo and then create it.

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Pino Pino Replied to Piotr Matura 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! Agreed - I think the evolution is an amazing part of the photographic journey!

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