This Featured Photo is a bit different…it is black & white and color photograph of a shrimp boat in harbor during a sunset on Florida’s gulf coast. With the brilliant sunset in the background the boat at harbor turns out in black and white because there is no sun shining on it. It is also receiving reflections of the dark evening water.
If you look very carefully in the lower left, you will see just a bit of the color of the sunset on the water. But the shrimp boat and the boats at another harbor in the background are black and white as they are silhouetted by the brilliant sunset;. When I took the photograph I thought there would be more reflected color on the shrimp boat, but it has disappeared. You never know what you will get on a photograph. It appears differently when you make a print than it does through the viewfinder when you take it. It just proves the saying that you never know what you have captured in a photograph until you make a print.
I did have another scene of the boat that I underexposed slightly to get a more brilliant sunset, but the boat was too dark. This scene captured both the brilliance of the sunset and the shrimp boat at the same time.
In earlier blogs I discussed “taking a walk” or taking several views of the subject you want to photograph. I will expand on those blogs with this one showing the subject from several views including the final one.
A sailboat, The Peacemaker, was in Pensacola Harbor for several days. Late in the afternoon, to get the sun on the right side, I went down to the pier and took the following photographs. My goal was to show as much of the ship as possible without showing too much of the pier. It was very cold and windy, yes even in Pensacola in January it can gets cold and windy. This limited the time I wanted to spend outdoors.
The lighting was right and there were a few clouds in the sky, so I was lucky from that standpoint. I have four different views that I took …along with the final cropped one in black & white and one in color. Pick your favorite one. Photographs taken January, 2011.
Take photographs that are interesting to you. That’s the fun of photography. Shoot it when you see it. People often ask me “What do you specialize in?” and I reply, ” Anything that is of interest to me at the time I see it.”
Everyone has special interests, but you must like the photograph first…for whatever reason. And if you see something you like, do not pass it up….like I have on special occasions and most recently the other afternoon. I plan on going back at the same time ago and see if the same scene of the sail boats at harbor is still there…but I don’t know.
There is really to reason to explain to any one why you took such and such a photograph. If you like it take it. And if you take it and still like it…have a an enlargement made of it, have it matted and framed and display in your home, your apartment, or your college dorm. Display the talents you own.
Look for angles and composition that interest you. We have talked before about taking a walk….do it and see the different angles of your subject. Most of today’s cameras have good zoom lens and you can take several shots of the subject from several different angles. Be creative…then tell yourself… ”Hey..that IS a very good picture.”
For example, I have included three photographs with this blog…one a sign on Beal Street in Memphis that I thought was neat; a color shot of some flowers at a farmers‘s market outside of Memphis, yes I did say color, and some workers at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter in New Orleans taking a break.
None of these were planned, I saw them and took them. You can do the same.
Some of these may end up in my Mississippi River Gallery…someday.
The Photo(s) of The Week concentrate on the recent Pensacola Blue Angels Air Show. While their stuff is neat I concentrated on other things as well..as you can see.
The first photo is of three old Russian planes flying above the crowd. The second is a photograph of part of the crowd in the bleachers ahead of where I was sitting in the free area. The third is of the Blue Angels. They are fast moving fantastic aerobatic team…probably the best in the word. Their fast moving flying is difficult to follow with a camera. It was a fun event to attend.