Thursday, October 22, 2009

Do We Really Need Both Eyes?

I'm not known for my "traditional" style of photography.
And I'm OK with that.
In fact, my style often involves chopping off an eye...
Eyes Post1
Eyes Post2
...or both eyes.
And while we're on the the head really necessary?
What I'm trying to say is...sometimes it's the "part" of the photo that tells the story, not the "whole" photo.
Can you guess what this is a picture of? I bet ya head, eyes, or major body parts needed!
Garter - web
I've been editing a ton of photos lately for family photo sessions and I'm trying to challenge myself to not always go for the "Look at the camera and Say Cheese" picture. Most of my favorite pictures involve no eyes at all!
Here's a few of Rebel I took last this one he's gettin ready for the big game. I threatened his life to get him to look at me and smile. Then I snapped this one quickly as an afterthought...and although all major body parts are accounted for, his eyes are covered will be one of my forever favorites of him.
Prep Time
Here's another one, my threatening didn't work this time and he wouldn't even look at me. (yes, my mothering skills need help, that's a whole other post!) So I just snapped away, much to his annoyance, and ended up with another shot that portrays one aspect of his personality so well...again, the eyes are barely visible but I love it...
So join me in the challenge to explore new angles, new views and new attitudes when analyzing your photos.
Every time I open a new photo in my editor I try to ask myself "What part tells the story?"...or even better...
"Do we really need both eyes?"
I'd love to read your comments on how you challenge yourself in photography...please share!!


The Cogswells said...

I am in total envy of your edited photos. How do you get that out of PSE? I have been messing with things and tweaking curves and all kinds of stuff, but I can't acheive the look of your photos. I downloaded a few of the CoffeeShop actions (I love Rita!!) and can mess with those, but how do you get your look (if you don't mind sharing with another Pentax/Photography/Elements/Editing enthusiast).

CatWay said...

you've convinced me that the eyes don't always need to be in picture. I'm still a beginner in photography, so I just challenge myself to take lots of photos and to get close the the subject.

way outnumbered said...

I don't mind sharing at all!
On the majority of my photos I use several textures from:

I'm addicted to textures:) Also, I use a lot of Coffeeshop actions and often combine them with whatever tweaks look good at the time. Elements really is powerful with those little extras.

Let me know if you try any of those out!

tracie said...

Amazzzing pictures. Love them. I would love any tips you have for us beginners.

Jenni Vorderman said...

I just found my way to your blog by way of Texas Chicks. I love this post. I'm an aspiring photographer and love going in the direction others are not. You have a great thing going here... so glad I found ya!

C.C. said...

Beautiful photos, you are truly blessed with capturing the right feeling and what is being said at that moment.

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