There is no time like winter for easy abstracts. Snow and ice lend themselves to unique interpretations. Take snow + the deep blue sky of winter, and graphic images that contain elements that are both simple and complex will develop.
You don’t think that abstracts are for you? Go out this winter and practice. It will become more natural. If you don’t like what you get, don’t share it, but you just might find that you have more than one way of looking at the world.
When I look at current wildlife imagery, the much sought after wildlife close-up is becoming so common, that is borders on the cliché. Close-ups were a specialty of mine, but sometimes a specific style within a genre loses its power when (from severe crops) it becomes so normal that it is average. All of those years of getting fairly close, and then waiting for wild animals to come closer to me, so I could make images that only a few others were doing, would now seem pointless if it not for the memories those moments created. There of course is another side. Those “shoot from a distance and crop” techniques, are in fact easier and less invasive on your subject then close approaches. Something’s lost but something’s gained.
Mallard Ducks are pretty common in these parts, and they are oft times ignored by photographers for that reason. When you do see Mallard photos they are usually of the colorful drake. Those females are pretty in their own way, albeit a bit more understated.
Here we are again. These images represent that “clean and simple” philosophy. I think I left no doubt as to what I wanted the viewers of these two images to see. I used look for both bird and dragonfly perches that had these clean and distant backgrounds. That is water you see in back of the dragons. It is always nice the way dragonflies keep returning to the same perch. Use manual focus and pre-focus on the perch…and wait. Of course I also pursued imagery where the dragons were seen in the context of their environment. We can do it all.
In my most recent post (Shooting for Tomorrow) I showed three images of moths. I did not know the name of that first moth. If you view the comment section of that post you will see that Cindy Donegan correctly identified the moth as a Polyphemus. As a follow up to the moth, I present you with the Polyphemus caterpillar. I have photographed this species of caterpillar on multiple occasions but never knew what the moth looked like.
As I once again looked through the Mississippi wildlife folder that contained the moth pictures, I once again found images I missed on past excursions. I believe this is a different Polyphemus Moth than the one I showed previously, on the same administration building, although that’s not for sure. This particular shot is a vertical crop from a horizontal image.
I thank you for stopping by, Wayne