Using my crappy Vivitar PN400 plastic camera (which is wide-angle), I took a series of photos, some of which are shown below. You decide which is better -- the first image with eyes open or the second one with eyes closed. Click on an image to see it full size.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Try An Assignment
It's easy to get into a rut this time of year -- winter has been lingering, and it's frustrating when one would like to be out photographing and things are still rather blah. Giving yourself a photography assignment is a good way to get out and do some shooting and try something different. Last month, several of us Ann Arbor Crappy Camera Club members thought up assignments that people could choose to do before the April meeting. One assignment was to photograph shoes or footwear in an unusual setting, and unattached to the feet. I came up with an alternative assignment which is a bit different. Take a photograph. Now, close your eyes and turn about 360 degrees, put the camera to your eye, and keeping them closed, take a photo. Now open your eyes and see where you are and where the camera is pointed. It's not really blind photography, because we are using our sense of place to take the next shot. Of course, it's amusing to see how far off we can be. Does the sightless shot differ appreciably from the first one? Is it better or worse? How close to the original pose were you?