Why Shooting Intentionally?

Last night as I was browsing through the CM Forum, I came across a great question: What does shooting with intention actually mean? The funny thing is that yesterday I went out in the morning to intentionally shoot with my Edge80. But I think that shooting with intention actually means a lot more than choosing a specif lens or shooting in a certain area. My photography friend, Jennifer Carr, challenged me last month to shoot in different light situations. You see, I used to shoot always in early afternoon light, with harsh shadows. I felt comfortable doing it and I spent time with my beloved. Shooting in soft light (early morning or before sunset), opened up a new adventure for me. I have to think before taking a shot. What works, what does not work. I think that we always need to learn to get better at the craft we love. Be it cooking, knitting, or photography. Practice is the key.

There is another thought on shooting with intention. We need to watch for what we include and exclude in the frame. On my way out of the Riparian Preserve, I saw a bench in sunlight and some leading lines. I was excited, because I love leading lines. As I was crouching down though, I saw a trash can that was distracting. Here is the first shot I took with the trash can in view:

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Edge80 - f16 - 1/640 - ISO 250

After evaluating the situation, I moved over a couple of inches to exclude the trash can from the view. I could have used the first shot and cloned it out in post processing. However, I am not good at cloning in Photoshop. It takes time and precision. I don't have the patience for that. So here is the second shot without the trash can:

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Edge80 - f16 - 1/640 - ISO 250

You see, I still have almost the same picture, with the leading lines, but I excluded the trash can, now hidden behind the tree.

So, next time you are out and about photographing, think about what you want included or excluded in the frame.

Thanks for stopping by today...Until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)