Week 3: Artistic: Red – Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don’t be afraid to be creative.
According to my previous post on this subject (wow, was it only a week ago?) this assignment should be the one I find the easiest of the three repeating themes. After all, there is certainly not lack of red objects around, even in the winter. In fact, have you noticed that whenever you start to look for something specific you suddenly see it everywhere? We used to call this the new car effect when we were kids. My father would change his car periodically, usually replacing one non-mainstream model with another every few years. They were not new vehicles, but they were new to us, and usually we had not seen many of that particular model on previous travels. However, as soon as we went on a trip of any length it was amazing just how often my brother and I would see “our car” from the back seat being driven on the road. Long before in car entertainment, and rear seat belts, this was theme that played out on many trips.
So, back to the task at hand. Driving around the local area, walking the dogs, and even just pottering about the house and garden I am seeing red (although not in the “getting angry” sense, thankfully!).
So what should I do?
Then it hit me as walking down our driveway; perhaps I should concentrate on something that is quintessentially American. How about the red flag on the mailbox?
I am still challenging myself by only using my m43 20mm prime lens, forcing me to really get into the shot rather than having the convenience of a zoom, but then the advantage of being able to open the aperture up to f/2.0 helps get a great bokeh on the background.