Last evening I went to a camera club meeting in Redlands, Ca. A very wonderful professional photographer, Mr. Ralph Norstrom, spoke to us about making more of your photography and what separates the master photographers from the rest of us. I am still thinking about it this morning, and will share one of his points in this blog.
Mr. Norstrom said that good photographers have something to say in their work. It is up to the viewer to interpret the photograph. This is when a photograph become a work of art. Others may or may not agree with your interpretation, but that is OK. It is your interpretation of reality. It is very important before you take a photograph to take in the scene…He suggested that you walk around for about 15 minute in order to get a feel for what you want to photograph, and how you want to interpret the image….This way, you will catch the essence of the image and it will be more than a snapshot….
He share technical and more about the aesthetic aspects of photography in his talk which I found very interesting as well, but for today, I will think about having something to say in my photography. I do want to take more than snapshots. Cheers, my friends and have a good one. http://ralphnordstromphotography.com/
(When I took this shot, I wanted Mr. Long to be in his workshop, which is a place that he loves. I warmed the shot up a bit with a warming filter, and took the cigarette out of his hand so the photo would be about him, not a cigarette commercial. Anyway, I hope that his personality and layed back style of life came through in this photograph, and it tells more than a snapshot. Anyway, that was my goal.)