The photography exercise of the day was to work compositions off a single rock, albeit a very large 10′ by 10′ rock, in the hills near the house. I tend to approach each visit to these hills with one of two mindsets. Capture oaks trees and the sky or focus on something specific, whether it is a tiny stream of rain runoff, tree bark, or rock outcroppings. Instead of being all over the place in terms of photographic subjects, “forcing” myself into a specific subject helps keep the creative mind sharp. I am looking at not only the framing the composition, but also from what angle, depth of field, and possibly different light. Not every image works, but back home I can see what I can improve on with each image. This becomes a metaphoric development of creative muscle memory.
Composition Notes: The thought here is to take little vignettes of the rock and lichen with the end result being the photography equivalent of an abstract painting. The lichen serves as non-naturalistic anchor points with the quartz and serpentine veins as free-flowing color/shapes.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/8, 1.6 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Quartz Vein, Placodioid Lichen. El Dorado Hills, CA. February 15, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.