Sunday, July 01, 2012
Doing the Seagull Strut
Shooting down by the shore has its issues. For starters, it's difficult (if not impossible) to get the beach to yourself. This sort of implies you have to include other tourists. What's a photographer to do? Well, using the appropriate amount of blur and making the background just sort of "drop out" does wonders for getting rid of people. It's one of my little options, in my little "bag of tricks" that I can use to make things just sort of "go away" or, you know, at least sort of go my way.
I actually sort of like the colors and the energy from the blurry people in this one. I think it's kind of a funky little shot, one that you might expect from me anyway, thanks to my recent trip to the shore.
I went to the short last weekend. What did you think the photos would turn out looking like? Did you expect something like this? Were you expecting something different?
Sometimes, it seems like, once you get a kind of a style, it's difficult to escape that. You can go to the shore, you can go to the tourist hangouts, you can go where you've never been before and, your photos? Why, they look just like you went to the shore, you went to the tourist hangouts, etc. Once you start to get a style (and I'd have to say mine is kind of funky/dreamy/quirky-ish) there's no escaping it. It will follow you to your grave and, hey, probably beyond, what with the price of prints in the after-market these days.
So, go ahead, take the "expected" shots. Take the shots that everybody else takes, I dare you. You'll only come out looking like yourself in the end. Ppppft. I'm sure a million people have shot a million shots of the beach, even with the seagulls walking and all and why, I'd reckon, probably none too many of them wind up looking a bit like this one.
It's my own funky/quirky little universe and it follows me wherever I go. Don't I wish everything could be this easy? Or, at least, you know, half as fun as a funky seagull walking down the shore like this little guy.
Until next time...