I’ve done enough research to know that I have no idea what my “signature style” is yet. And apparently giving the answer of “A lot of different stuff” when asked what I specialize in isn’t looked upon too favorably. So I’m clearly still in the “discovery” phase of my journey. Thankfully, that means I get to play . . . a lot.
I’ve been taking a photography class at a local college just to see what’s out there, & we’re getting ready to turn in our portfolio, so I thought I’d share them with you. I don’t know whether or not any of these images will make it to the website, but you might be seeing the stirrings of some future shots.
This image is kind of similar to stuff I currently have up in the “Miscellaneous” gallery. It’s very indicative of some of my favorite things; repeating patterns, & cool lighting contrasts. The image was neat enough in color, but I think the black & white helps to set it off even more.
We spent one class day shooting various pieces of glass. MAN did I love that! I’ve always loved glass objects (I could sit & watch the glass blowers at amusement parks for hours), & this object especially caught my eye. I have a couple other angles of this piece, but I really liked the light reflections in this shot. I could probably write the entire blog about this day’s images, but there are other photos to see.
We also spent a day at another nearby college for their annual car show. The cars were more modern than I normally like to see at a car show, but this gave me the opportunity to do what I do best . . . focus on the details. I got to see the newest trends in wheels & hub caps, & MAN is there some cool stuff out there nowadays!
These next two images are where I got to play the most & find a possible new style. I was just playing around in Photoshop while editing, & hit the “Invert” option. BAM! This lovely image came out. I originally took the photo because of the lovely curving line of the handrail, but the color version had too many similar brown tones. But when I inverted it, all these cool blues & purples came out. I tried playing with it some more to bring the dark blue/black “mountain” in the middle of the photo up to the top as well, but it never quite came out right.
I tried this inversion technique on the glass object above as well. The shot is from one of those other angles I mentioned earlier, & while I like the non-inverted image, I also like the simplicity of this one. You can see the light reflection REALLY well, & all the nooks & crannies of the swirls look really cool in the darker tone.
So there you have it . . . some new images & possibly new directions for me to venture into. It’s definitely fun learning & trying out new tricks . . . even if it doesn’t help me hone in on my signature style.