This is my first time trying to use the golden ratio in composition. Like many, in the past I achieved it in taking a photo of a spiral in a shell, a staircase etc. this time I wanted to compose a shot with it in mind. This week I took this impromptu shot of a young fisherman who had just caught (and later released) a redfish on Anna Maria Island. Luckily I had my camera and scrambled to an overhead spot. I think I may have achieved the golden ratio. On Thanksgiving I arranged family members in somewhat of a golden ratio but the shot came out grainy. I may post that below in comments.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve taken photos of leading lines, and usually these were well-defined lines with clear end points. I debated whether this photo I recently took at Myakka State Park met the definition as well as others I had taken. Yet, the leading lines of the trees and road draws my eye to a vanishing point that ignites my imagination. I found this definition by photographer Anne McKinnel in Digital Photography School:
“A leading line paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo… The easiest place to find a leading line is on a road. Roadways are inherently leading because they go somewhere, give us a feeling of motion, and the lines often point so far inwards that they reach a vanishing point – the place where two or more lines converge into theoretical infinity.”
This theme was a real challenge for me. First I had to settle on a subject. At the Sarasota Farmers Market I took shots of produce. I wasn’t satisfied with my shots mostly due to midday sun and shadows. Editing didn’t help much. So I settle on a perfume bottle that I like. I don’t have all the correct props, e.g. off camera lighting, light box, mirrors. But I recalled that I took a shot of a ketchup bottle in a restaurant a week ago.
Well, this is Thanksgiving week and I’ve been missing Fall in New England. I will be there later this week to celebrate the holiday. However, I tried to find a little bit of Fall here in my own Florida backyard. This morning I shot this dead bunch of leaves with my Lensbaby and then enhanced the color in Topaz Studio.
Sometimes the tall residential buildings along the Sarasota bayfront look like Legos leaning into each other.
I’m sure some of you have seen this forsaken little statue at the Ringling in the estate gardens. I really wonder how the large banyans grew up to imprison her before anyone could cut them back and free her. I feel like starting a “free the girl at the Ringling estate” movement.
I bought my first Lensbaby recently. It’s a SOL45. I had resisted these lenses because I read somewhere that Lensbaby is decreasing in popularity. However, a friend of mine has one and I really like the shots she has produced. So, I took my new lens out to Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota this week and shot over 100 frames. I have to say that I wasn’t happy with more than one or two. I added 3 Lensbaby macro filters simultaneously to get this particular orchid shot, which I do like for it’s dreamy effect. I’d like to learn more about how to use this lens creatively, but this was a start.