I’m not really a mysterious kind of girl. I’ve always thought of myself as simple and sometimes even a bit plain. My mother-in-law, who was a fashion diva, was always coaching me to think beyond basic black. Even if that’s how I live my life, there’s no reason for my images to lack an element of flash and flair, surprise and mystery. So that’s what today is about.
Considering I couldn’t sleep (no surprise there) and that it’s 1 am, technically it’s now the 10th day of my photo challenge. What better time than now to create an image that might have a little mystery. And why is mystery on my mind?
Well, I stumbled across Scott Bourne’s recent post, 10 Ways to Know You Made a Good Picture. Emotion was the word that struck me. I want my images to evoke an emotion. To draw attention. To make you stop. And think.
This is my first attempt. Do you know what this image represents? Can you figure out why I chose to shoot this? Does the lighting and single focus draw you in? What do you think or feel when you look at it? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Manual: Flipped to Page 85 in my Nikon manual—Slide Show. I’ve seen this feature on the camera, but have never used it. Honestly, I doubt I ever will. As easy as it is to download images and create a slideshow in iPhoto or Lightroom, why bother with watching one on the back of your screen? I did use it a few times plugged into the TV when I first bought my camera years ago, but not since then. Do you use this feature?
Images: Looked through some galleries of Doug Menuez, award-winning documentary photographer based in New York. He’s a commercial photographer who has countless magazines, books, prints, as well as unbelievable experiences in photography under his belt. I met Doug personally through my husband when we filmed part of Doug’s work-in-progress documentary, The Wisdom of New York. Amazing photographer. Incredible person. If you’re not familiar with his work, check it out. I love the spontaneous emotion he captures so beautifully. And he plays a wicked harmonica too!
I have an entire set of iPhone images from our visit to New York. I plan to create a slideshow… when I find the time.