Friday, April 25, 2008

Joyful Photography

Check out this link: to see some breathtaking photography and an example of someone using his gifts to glorify God.

Photo by Kirk Jordan... please contact him via link above for permission to use.

1 comment:

Doc Op said...

Dear Sarah, thank you so much for the direct link. Funny thing, last night I moved the image you posted back where it fit chronologically, so any visitors may have to search (and wade through the joy!)

As is, you asked a question on my site, and I have been slow to respond. (I was able to join men at a fellowship group this weekend for a retreat to the woods.)

Anyway, I do hope to give you or your son some pointers about photo technique and art along the way, but that which follows shows one of the foundational principals of photographic composition. As a principal, the “Rule of Thirds” is a guide, and SHOULD be broken whenever warranted, but it provides one of the best starting points for the novice photographer. After a time, most folks internalize these principals and use them without thinking.

(The same is true for most technical applications. Learn first how to correctly expose, stop action etc – Then when you have mastered the “standard” you are in a better place to shun convention.
A good first link, followed by a host of links.

Once you internalize this principle, it is fun to go around looking at photos and see if they do indeed conform to the “rule” – and if not, did the photographer have a good reason for avoiding the “rule.”

For example, years ago as a newspaper photographer I took a picture of a woman who actually rode a funnel cloud, and came out with a big black eye. I did something very unconventional and put her on the very outside edge of the picture with only half her face included in the frame. (The half with the shinner). The remaining portion of the picture showed the devastation behind her. All in all, the picture looked wrong, out of whack, and unsettling, which is just what I wanted to convey. On the other hand, I have sometimes taken pictures of Kansas flatlands with the horizon line right though the center. This otherwise static composition might be a good way to show something that really is static, and bold and silent. (Middle line compositions are thought to be more peaceful than third line compositions, while compositional elements outside of the thirds-grid, add tension.