Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Finding Original Photography Subjects: Quest for the Holy Grail

utah tractor abandoned in an empty field
Faded Metallic Blue Tractor in an Empty Field
New, original, creative, novel, unique:  those are words I like.  An artist can learn from others (see my previous Zion Narrows Post) but creating something altogether new is a higher goal.  With landscapes, you obviously can't make a new landscape but you can try to go to places that haven't been photographed before.  Every National Park has truly famous icons that receive overflowing attention.  I believe these same places have lesser beauties that few see or record.  That's the opportunity for original work.  

My photo for this post is very near Zion National Park but it's a few miles off on a dirt road.  I was driving past on my way to another hiking location.  With my eyes open for new subjects, I saw this tractor and knew it could be great.  I stopped and photographed later that afternoon when the sun was getting lower.  I shot many compositions low to the ground to catch the rows of light and shadow.  The clouds even cooperated with lovely patterns among the blue background.  Lucky me!

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