The little things
For this series I want to focus on close up / macro shots of nature, and the little beautiful parts of it that many people pass up daily.
I plan to hike and find the most overlooked and beautify parts of nature, from macro to medium shots. I plan to embrace the raw beauty of nature by shooting with natural light, maybe occasionally diffused.
Why this topic is important to me:
Nature is a big part of my life, I feel the most relaxed when I’m by myself in nature, on hikes or camping, I just like the feeling of being alone every once in a while, and enjoying the fresh air. I always take the time to look at the little things, and I’m not sure everyone does, so I wanted to make a series specifically dedicated to the small details that most people miss. In doing this, I hope to change peoples vision of the world, and open nature up to them in a new light.
Equipment and techniques:
I will likely be using a tripod, my bounce card, my diffuser, macro lens attachments, and a telephoto lens. I will be shooting to freeze motion, so the pictures are as clear as possible.
For the final printing I am leaning toward the idea of a calendar, mainly because this allows the viewers to see the art for an extended period of time each month, and really absorb the details better.
Wow I hate self-portraits, but, from the ideas I’ve seen mirrors and face painting seems like a fun way to sort of draw the focus away from me, and add more interesting and emotional elements. Tying in props and interesting lighting is going to be something that I’m going to pay attention to.
Capturing the whole space the person is in, including all of their stuff that is specific to them seems to be a big part of this section, so I plan to take pictures that show as much s possible, but also aren’t too busy. Keeping it simple sort of seems like the route id want to go, just enough to get the idea across, but not enough to overwhelm the viewer.
I really like the idea of paint on the face for this section, though I’m not sure how I will do it. I have some ideas of using geometric shapes painted on my face to add some interesting positive and negative space. I was also mulling over the idea of using lines.
I like the use of color and blurry backgrounds in these types of pictures, and the way that the subject is framed is framed is very balanced. There is also plenty of breathing room in the pictures. I like the idea of the dark deep black background, but it my be hard to do it without a proper studio.