I’ve been participating in Photo Friday for three years this month, only missing out three times in 156 weeks due to extenuating circumstances. Considering I’m giving a workshop tomorrow at BlissDom on photography composition and angles, I thought I’d pull some of my favorite shots from the archives and tell you what makes them so.
Negev Desert, Israel, 2009
Wide angles are what SVV and I do best—or rather, most—and in this particular shot, I love how big the sky is, how endless the desert seems and how small the camels are in comparison to both.
Celebes Sea, Borneo, 2010
The Rule of Thirds—breaking the scene up visually into a grid with of nine squares, with two vertical lines and two horizontal lines—is a photographer’s creed, and all three turtles hit on the intersection points in this photo. We couldn’t have planned it any better than that.
Pygme village, Rwanda, 2010
Have you noticed that when you’re on vacation and a random stranger takes your shot, you’re inevitably tiny in the middle of the frame with all this excess space around you? When shooting portraits, I like to get up close and personal so the subject is the focal point and cut out all that dead space.
Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
Framing is a helpful tool to utilize in photography because it draws your eye into the subject.
New York, New York, 2010
SVV and I like to play around with reflections, and this series he took of me splashing around Central Park in the rain was really fun. What adult doesn’t get the urge to run through puddles every now and then?
Crater Lake, Oregon, 2011
I love bokeh and I love this puppy. Even more so, I love how contemplative she looks in this shot.
Dead Sea, Israel, 2009
This photo isn’t all that interesting from an aesthetic standpoint, but diagonal lines help draw the viewer’s eye through the photograph, and I like it for that.
Redwood National Forest, California, 2008
This photo just screams “wanderlust” to me, plus I dig the alternate point of view. Shooting at eye level isn’t always the way to go. I prefer shots taken from below, above or from the hip.
Sahara Desert, Morocco, 2005
This photo won me several national photography accolades even though it’s slightly blurry and was taken with a crappy point-and-shoot. I love the patterns, as well as the deep red of the desert and the tiny people on the horizon line giving it more layers and depth.