The afternoon of tourism led to some pretty casual photography.
I have nothing against casual photography, in fact, as I’m writing this, I’ve been actively working to do more casual photography, generally on my Iphone (using the Lightroom app, so i still have raw files and manual control).
As we walked around the area — which, again, I still have no memory of which part of Yellowstone we were in, if you do, please comment so i can be enlightened — I was looking for intriguing forms in the landscape. Since I was shooting handheld during this entire afternoon, I was limited by various factors. Not being able to do long-exposures, potentially being off-level (the 80D’s viewfinder level is horrid), and not being able to have as high of an f-number for a greater depth-of-field.
But despite that, I made it work. While I don’t really care for many of the images I made that afternoon, this one being no exception, It was a positive learning experience for me. While I still prefer using a tripod for a multitude of reasons, there’s nothing wrong with shooting handheld.
This image was alright, and that’s all. The long lens flattened the landscape, and, to me, kind-of removes any sense of perspective. To me, it looks like a two-dimensional plane of form — which, I mean, it technically is, if you wanna be picky about it — however, because of that lack of perspective, I leave this image early. This image would have been much better suited to have the sky and background included, rather than just focusing on the pool.
But one thing for sure — for a photographer who shoots a majority on a tripod, the first step to shooting more casual is to leave the tripod at home. Then leave the big camera at home — maybe use that old film camera on your shelf. Then leave that at home and just use your phone. There’s no wrong way to shoot casually — jsut don’t be a tourist, remember one thing, as taught to me by the wonderful Jason Reblando: “What makes you stop and think ‘this would make a great photograph’?”