D126: Saturate or Isolate

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Today’s Tasra365 ThemeThursday subject is Color.

As a new photog I admit that I tend to experiment with the many different styles of other photogs. I like what I see and want to see if I can do it too. Although I’m pleased with the results, sometimes I’m not truly satisfied because I haven’t fully explored my own creative talents. I consider this mimicking part of the process of learning the skills that will allow me to create what I envision. These are skills that I build on to create my own individual style.

Do you mimic the work of others or do what’s true to who you are as a photographer?

My first image was practicing shooting at f/1.8 to create artistic bokeh. It’s been done hundreds of times before but now I know how to create this type of shot. With a little more practice I’ll have another skill under my belt. DOF is very thin and can be difficult to isolate the subject perfectly without patience.

This second image is me. This just happens to be an image that I liked from today’s adventure. I grabbed it by leaning out of my car window while waiting in queue at a drive-thru car wash. Of course I didn’t focus perfectly on the intended subject (the pink flowers) but over all the image still sparks interest.

Read: Gary Fong’s WHAT’S WRONG WITH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY blog post. Quite a controversial post.

Viewed: Random images of color bokeh on Flickr. I was looking for ideas on bokeh using my 50 1.8.

3 Responses to “D126: Saturate or Isolate”

  1. I love the soft bokeh in the first one. And, the second one is unique. I like the contrasts of the soft flower and the hard angles of the concrete.

  2. The first shot is more like an art – lovely colors, bokeh, and real eye catching. On the second one, it takes a while to understand the composition with the reflection, angle, and 2 flowers.

    Thanks for the link on Gary Fong’s blog – indeed it’s quite controversial but a true/good read.

  3. the way you have angled and composed the lines of the paving stones in the bottom one is very effective. It goes well with the “Comrades” shot too

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