I went to a gathering of the Sandhill Photography group last Friday night. Besides having some great food, there was a presentation by Ron Hustvedt of Write Outdoors, which included ideas on how and where to get your photos published.
Club members also brought slide shows of photos they took in 2011. My slide show is in my previous blog post.
It was fun looking at everyone’s photos. I’m a relatively new member of the club. I’ve only been on one of their outings, where as other people have been out together various times throughout 2011, so some of the photos were taken at the same places.
It was interesting seeing how these photos could be so different. People took the same shot from different angles, various distances, and honed in on different things. Each person had a unique style and interest that comes through in their photos.
My interests are pretty evident in my pictures, but I’m not sure if I have a style yet, except for a tendency to over expose, but I kind of like that effect.
I have been at photo outings with other groups and have watched experienced photographers line up and take a shot of something I’d already photographed. After they finished, I would walk up and stand at the same angle and distance and look for what it was that had caught their eye. It was often surprising how appearances can change if you stand a little higher or lower, closer or farther, or in a position that changes the play of light and shadow.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people would do that more in life? Look at things from another person’s perspective?