While waiting for the sun to drop a little lower I played with the idea of photographing them. Into the sun. Away from the sun. Perpendicular to the sun. There was all kinds of time to experiment. The post from the previous day on the blog was actually taken close to an hour after this was shot.
One of the blessings of digital photography is the ability to shoot and not be concerned with how much money film and processing is going to cost. I think that this is one of the reasons that photography has become much more popular and why the quality of photography has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s when you’re able to experiment like this that you can grow artistically through failure or success.
It’s easy to copy someone’s shooting style. That’s a great way to learn. It’s more difficult to develop your own way of seeing.
I was greatly influenced by the landscape photographers back in the seventies when I first became serious shooting landscapes. I tried to emulate their look, their equipment, etc. etc. and like when a child grows up and leaves home to be on their own they make an effort to be separate from their parents. I think that’s the case with photography. Eventually the young adult settles down and become themselves. They’ve borrowed a little from their parents and through their own experiences become unique.
Without realizing it, I think that I just wrote about myself. LOL. The days of trying to emulate anyone’s look are behind me. I admire certain photographers but I also have no interest in doing what they do and so should you.