My life around photography: photography or not?
I haven't any idea if my one is photography or not. Someone considers it as the normality, someone thinks that isn't absolutely a type of photography. Why do I say this? Because I don't photograph with a normal camera, but I utilize my smartphone. My point of view? If your objective is creating a very nice, awesome - curated in the smallest detail - photo, so yes, you're right. But if your objective is to create a beautiful representation of what you do or what you think, so, I think that today smartphones are means more than discrete.
What I do?
In simple words, I go out, I see around, I notice about a thing there, I take a shot. And now, finished here? No. I come back home, I take my pc and I add an adjustments' level series on the photos taken, to obtain a new cover for them.
But, in Detail?
In detail, my life: I will use as an example my #stemsunday post, that I published last Sunday to join in the initiative launched by the stem.curate project - in which I help.
A few days ago I left home to walk in the surroundings. The weather was cloudy but wasn't raining. Nearby my home is situated a green area - not a real park - the Frigido Riverside Walk. I reached this many times in the last months because it's very close to my house and because, generally, it's not frequented by many people during this period.
I followed the long path and I noticed some potential subjects. I walked for 2 kilometers about but I didn't take any photo: only saw and thought to what I would to do while coming back. So, during the return, I started to photograph the surroundings: leaves, trees, water; all beautiful subjects for my nature-focused post. The leaves are very common in this period but one cannot avoid considering them equally as a very evocative subject of this season.
The lights weren't very colored. The sun remained in the shadow of the clouds and the only light that filtered through was white neutral light. Added to the first subjects, I noticed a little nut and a beautiful mushroom. Are they subjects which are worth photographing? What do I think when I see them or other subjects? Absolutely nothing: I see them and I photograph them!
Obviously the things aren't so simple. I see them, ok; I photograph them, ok; but there are subjects that result in beautiful photos in whatever position or color they are. Instead, for these subjects, the result is more dangerous. I often have to be very careful, I have to want the correct perspective and the right exposure. In short, something that makes it an interesting subject not only for its meaning but also from a technical-artistic point of view.
Smartphone. Subjects. Take Photos. And Then?
The last steps of the picture before arriving here. Yes, here. The principal place where I share my photo is just that, Steemit. I also share on others platform, but with lower frequency.
So, what I do? I choose the photo on my smartphone. I usually take several shots of the same subject and chose the bests. I lose a bit of time on this step and maybe it is the worst and boring of all my photograph life; beautiful see again the subjects and the zones, less when you have to choose between several almost identical photos.
Photo Chosen. Now?
The last step: post-production. I put the photos in my pc and upload them to a little program. I almost never leave the photos as they are, I like to make them at least deeper. In this case, I often used overlayed layers or overloaded the whites to give more prominence to the coldness of the sky where the clouds didn't seem very different from a slight haze. I have often used vignetting too, an effect I use almost every day.
Below are some of the finished images taken from my previous post.
If you would like to read more, follow the link to the Frigido Riverside Walk Post
I hope you enjoy this post.