That Ol’ Snapshot Vs. Photograph Thing Again
So, I was doing some organizing over at Flickr…went into my Flowers set, and the whole “snapshot” vs. “photograph” discussion hit me square in the face while looking through my set. I think it comes down to deliberateness. If that isn’t a word, it should be. I looked at some of my older photos. I distinctly remember taking most of them. “Oooh, pretty!” *SNAP* “Ooooh, that’s pretty too!” *SNAP* “Oooo! I like that color!” *SNAP* The change has been gradual, but now I look at something and I think, “Oooh, pretty! How can I best capture the beauty of this?” And I look, and go around the subject once or twice, and I look through my viewfinder, and I change my framing, and I go in closer, and I move back farther, and I go down low, and I climb up high. Most of all, I pay attention to my background, literally moving anything out of the way that is distracting, or I move the subject itself if that’s possible. Deliberateness.
You tell me, which are snapshots, and which are photographs?
Even this photo, though deliberate, had a distracting background that just bugged me.
Thus the crop…
If nothing else, I am learning to be deliberate in my “snapping.” I take fewer photos, but the ones I do take are intentionally taken the way they were taken. Biggest lesson, watch those backgrounds, or a beautiful flower looks like this:
I could have easily bent this flower over a bit and changed my position in order to use the sky as a background. All I see when I look at this is a missed opportunity. Dang it.