Even though I don’t think Dee would necessarily agree, I like to think that I am always open to considering suggestions and advice. I might not always feel able to agree with these suggestions, but I will always think about them. One blogger who has kindly offered me suggestions is Adrian Lewis. He has a distinct style of his own and if you haven’t yet visited his blog, then you should try to find the time.
Adrian offered me a few thoughts on some of the photos in my Botswana – Day 4 (Part 6) post. Sorry about my post titles.
I have tried to interpret and apply his thoughts on those photos and here is my take on what he said about one of them. My apologies to Adrian if I haven’t understood him correctly or done quite what he was suggesting. Please put this down to my inability to think as an artist.
Adrian thought that my shot of the Kasane Airport runway could be turned into a good mono abstract. I struggle a bit with abstracts unless they are very tight crops or start out as abstracts. Perhaps the fundamental problem is that as I took the photo, I think I know what I expect from it. Anyway, I tried to follow his suggestions in stages.
I started by turning the image to mono and cropped it a bit, and I already like the result. I would probably have stopped there.
Recognising Adrian’s insight and thinking that he was probably suggesting a much more severe crop, perhaps to just the tarmac, I produced this. It is no longer a runway. It could be a pedestrian crossing. It has certainly become abstract and I can see a worthy image there. Maybe Adrian could say whether I have got it right.
Adrian also likes to rotate his images, and suggested that this one could be rotated 90 deg clockwise. Does it improve it,
and if it does, what about 90 deg anticlockwise?
The first rotated image ‘contracts’ from left to right, while the second ‘expands’ from left to right. To me, the second one seems more appealing, just.
I think what this post has shown, is that images can be seen in very many different ways, but that it can sometimes be difficult for the original author to visualise these options.
Further comment would be much appreciated Adrian, or anyone else.
I’ll address some of Adrian’s other comments in a future post.