Monday, August 19, 2013

Learning to See • at Storm King

Blogging and photography go hand-in-hand, at least in the design, decor and craft world. I have been working on improving my photography skills since I started this odyssey three years ago. Learning photography, like blogging, is never a done deal. There is always something, new to try, something different to do.

This past Sunday, David and I stopped in for a day at the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. This is a place we visit regularly just for inspiration. It is a park dedicated to showing monumental outdoor sculpture in a landscape that has been reclaimed to maximize the visual impact. We find it inspiring on many levels, from the sculpture, to the nature, to the landscaping.

This visit fell shortly after David forwarded me a blog post about five self assignments to teach yourself to see. It was posted by Rick Berk at the Digital Photography School blog here. I didn't do any of his suggested assignments but I was inspired to create one of my own. I approached Storm King with my new macro lens and decided to play with depth of field. I waned to see the world differently through the lens.  Here are a few of the hundreds of photographs I took yesterday.

Pay attention to the depth of field. It was what I was exploring.

I also took a few classic Storm King photos so you can et an glimpse of the beauty.

I took very few of the sculptures which is unusual. Generally it is what I focus on.

But I always take a photo (or twenty) of the Andy Goldsworthy Serpentine Wall.

If you are ever in the area (not far from West Point, NY, make a Storm King visit a priority. In the meantime, read the assignments by Rick Berk and check out his examples. Then find a "learning to see" assignment for yourself.  

©2013 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy

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