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Reflections on Reflections

by on May.05, 2009, under Photography

Reflections of a Boat

Reflections of a Boat, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

I’ve been making a very conscious effort recently to broaden my photographic horizons by trying out different styles of photography that I would not normally consider my “thing.” Part of this is that I’ve often had short periods of time where I had a camera with me but no opportunity to take the kinds of images that I would usually consider shooting. This image is one such example – it was taken on a family boat trip on Lake Austin. Another part, though, is that I reckon that it may help me out of a bit of creative rut I’ve been in lately.

By forcing myself to think outside my usual comfort zone (thanks PhotoNetCast), I’m reevaluating what makes a good picture and trying to create good pictures in whichever environment I find myself rather than waiting for a photo day and going to a particular location that I have previously tagged as offering great image potential.

One thing I have noticed as a result of this shift is that I’m shooting a lot more abstracts these days. This is one I’m very happy with but I also have a couple more on Flickr and my photoblog that turned out pretty well too so I’ll probably continue to explore this kind of image for a while and see what pops up.

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