The Foreground - November 19, 2005

Today, finally, I got out to my new favorite photography sandbox with my new photography shovel-and-bucket. I had made the decision that even though I have up to 22mm, I was going to shoot everything at 10mm. Such is just the kind of advice often dispensed to learning photographers to help develop their eye. That wasn't why I did it. It was to explore what super-wide angle could do, creatively. And ultimately, I realized that those are just two ways of saying the more or less the same thing.

Here's what I discovered. Shooting in the 24-70 is like having a little gnome-size expert photographer on your shoulder occasionally reminding you "dude: the foreground," as you try to frame an interesting shot. With 10mm, that same photographer just yells and yells about the foreground without cease. It took me a while to get it.

Also, it was a joy to get to do more day photography. The constant night shooting has left me more obsessed with composition, even though sometimes it's too cold or too dark to really act on that. But suddenly, without the tripod, and all the new perspective, in broad daylight, it's so nice to be able to just, by feel, work my way into a nice composition.

I'm surprised at how much I love this photo.


I like it too Tom and I am glad you are able to use that new toy!

Posted by: Bob on November 19, 2005 11:05 PM

Nice, great light, there's a real gold glow happening.

Posted by: Jeremy on November 27, 2005 12:42 AM