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#1 MarkM

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 01:57 AM

I find I get overwhelmed in woods and forests, trying to find scenes to compose. I guess one factor is the density of trees ( more difficult with more density, at least for me). Also the light: is it enough, and direction. Fog is another factor. But basically, all the trees!!!

Anyway, I saw a recent YouTube video from Simon Baxter. It's about patience, revisiting sites until the light and everything is just right, and lastly his novel approach of seeing trees as metaphors for real life and the metaphor helping him create his compositions. I think it's a really interesting approach, that might help me if I can muster up that kind of imagination! His images at the end of the video are cool too.
Here's the link if you're interested:
https://youtu.be/Qp-g4JzvcNA

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:01 AM

Mark,

 

Thanks for sharing Simon's video. His message of scouting locations and preplanning compositions is spot on.

 

I do this frequently myself, though my results are not nearly as dramatic as his. I will go to new spots and just look around and maybe take a few snapshots so I can keep the area fresh in my mind. Then, at some other time I will go back and try to capture compositions that tell a story. I often fail, but it is still fun! After all, I am taking photographs.

 

Simon's images at the end of the video, and the story he attaches to them, are inspiring. I can't wait to get out now that spring is here.

 

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 03:00 PM

Bob
Yes I thought it was really inspiring and imaginative.
And, I don't think I've seen a happier 4-legged companion than his!

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 11:13 AM

I meant to comment on the dog, but it slipped my mind that quickly :wacko:

 

That critter was having a blast. He or she really added to the video in a completely unrelated way. I wish I still had that energy!



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:11 PM

Great link Mark.

Simon's ideas are great.

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