Pick a Spot & Shoot II

  • January 27, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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I'm currently reading Freeman Patterson's "Photography and the Art of Seeing". His book is filled with interesting photographic exercises to help see the world differently. This Meetup is based on "Chance". We'll meet at the location above, and photograph in a agreed upon small area to challenge ourselves to see things differently.

Depending on how things go that day, we may pick a spot shoot at a few different spots. At the end we'll have a coffee/tea/dessert at Save-on-Meats to talk and share photos.

Exercise 1
Pick a spot and mark the spot. Take seven more steps from the spot you marked. The seven steps from your original stopping point form the radius of a circle, in which you should proceed to shoot at least 20 images. Don't set a limit of two or three pictures, because that will not be enough to start you seeing. You should feel desperation during this exercise. You will only start to make visual breakthroughs when you've exhausted the obvious picture possibilities. If you want to challenge yourself, make 30 or 40 or 50 images instead.

Additional Information & Background
Chance
One thing you'll notice, when you view your results, is a number of happy accidents. You'll probably find several if you have been generous in your shooting. it's false economy to be stingy with film or with space on your memory card when experimenting with new ideas, so don't limit yourself to just a few photographs; make at least ten pictures for each exercise. Give many happy accidents a chance to happen.
Photographers who want to see in new ways should be sensitive to chance. They should encourage and cultivate it, because it is only through chance that many new opportunities for visual development will ever occur.

When reviewing your photographs look for new approaches in the photographs: new ideas or unusual departure s, regardless of techincal merit. Please try and post a minimum of 5 photographs from each spot from today's meetup so that we can all appreciate each other's "point of view"

Let's be inspired by be new ideas and stimulate our creativity.

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  • Lauren P.

    Thanks guys! Nice to meet you all and I had a lot of fun. I'll have my photos up possibly tonight. Look forward to the next one!

    January 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    Thanks for organizing. I will have my photos up later today

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the experience.. Great way to try something new! Thanks for organizing the event!

    January 28, 2013

  • Carissa

    Thanks to everyone that were able to make it. The flickr group is http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancityfreecapture/

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again Carissa for the interesting event.. I had a really good time and enjoyed meeting you, Jeff, and Lauren.. hope to see you again..

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Carissa

    Rain or shine - this event will go on. If droplets do fall, we'll stick to spaces with awnings and cover that why we can still shoot.

    January 27, 2013

    • Jeff

      Now how many perspectives can we get from under an umbrella??

      January 27, 2013

    • Carissa

      Many - I am an experienced umbrella photographer.

      January 27, 2013

  • Carissa

    I've been walking from Chinatown to Yaletown and it is barely raining. See you shortly!

    January 27, 2013

  • Lauren P.

    Hi Carissa, I've never been on one of your walks before. Should we bring a tripod? Thanks!

    January 27, 2013

    • Carissa

      What suits you.

      January 27, 2013

  • kelly

    sorry to have to cancel..i've just been asked to help a friend move...i love your ideas carissa and hope to join you at a meet up soon

    January 27, 2013

  • Carissa

    Looking forward to tomorrow's meetup! I hope everyone can make it. :-)

    January 26, 2013

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