Abstract Photography – Santa Fe Style
I met a friend for coffee yesterday (thanks, Adrienne!), so I walked down to meet her. I took my camera with me and my mid range Nikon zoom (35-70mm f/2.8). I like this lens as a general walk around lens, as I need that f/2.8 to isolate subjects and, although I wish it had more range, it’s a quality lens, and I really like the results I get with it.
Anyhow, I was walking, and trying to figure out what to take that I hadn’t taken before. I walked up Shelby Street, which is a small street next to Old Santa Fe Trail. On the corner of Shelby and Water Street there is a gallery, and in front of it, there were those lovely grasses, that I’ve taken before. In the background there was the typical Santa Fe Style building that’s now used for a government business.
I’m really trying to work with textures, and lines and depth in my photos, and I thought that with the building far enough away, and the grass doing its normal curve and soft feel, I thought this might work. I focused on the part of the plant that was closest to my lens, and I started to shoot.
When shooting outside, with plants and wind, I have to set the camera settings, compose the shot, and then just shoot multiple exposures, as the wind moves the plant around, so exact composition isn’t really possible.
This is the photo I liked best. I love the soft curves of the plant and how it takes up a lot of the photo, drawing the eye up and to the right. I love this juxtaposition with the harder vertical and horizontal lines of the building. I also love the soft feel of the photo also. If I had used a smaller aperture, say a F/8, too much of the photo would have been in focus, sharp, which would have been too harsh to my eye.
Anyhow, here is the photo. What do you think?
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