David Kepley  

Abstract by David Kepley

January 2022 - Abstract

About the Image(s)

I took this picture of a building in my area and became fascinated with the abstract nature of the shapes and lines, so in post I emphasized the white and black to create this image. Does it work for you?

Settings: Canon 7D, Mark II, with Tamron 70-200mm lens, sot at 70mm. 1/15 sec, f18, ISO 100. Shot on a tripod.

3 comments posted

Craig Callan   Craig Callan
Great abstract, but a couple of thoughts:
• From the technical side, you most likely didn't need f 18 for so shallow a subject. Would it have been easier for you to shoot hand-held at 1/60th at f9?, or set your ISO to 200, and used 1/125 at f9? I don't think you would have any substantial loss of quality either way, and you would have had an opportunity to try slightly different angles. I myself often find I'm subject to "tripoditis", having used 4 x5 view cameras in my film days, but I'm breaking myself of the habit. It's often freeing to try to shoot high, shoot low, or from either side to see the effects.
• From the artistic side, I think the viewer needs a clue here. Maybe waiting for a bird to fly by, or a pedestrian, would help give us some context.   Posted: 01/09/2022 15:04:33

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
I find this to be quite an interesting photo albeit a bit puzzling as to what it is that I am looking at. In the small preview it looks like a board game. It isn't until you study the larger image that you begin to see that it is a building. As Craig suggested a bit more information would be helpful, but then would it still have the abstract feel that you were going for?   Posted: 01/18/2022 11:13:00

David Kepley   David Kepley
ok you folks are convincing me that this photo is not working even as an abstract. I deliberately eliminated as much context as I coukd to get the viewer to see a black and white checkerboard.   Posted: 01/18/2022 19:12:09


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