It’s a well-known fact that many photographs feel they are only inspired if they travel to an exotic destination. The inspiration comes from exploring a new place or a new culture. Well I’m here to tell you that doesn’t have to be the case. There is plenty to be inspired about right in your own backyard.
Now I get that I am extremely lucky to have all of this wonderful nature surrounding me and not everyone can live that way. But I bet you if you looked, I mean truly looked, you could find a park, a pond, or even a forrest within 15 minutes of where you live. And if you spend even an hour at that location, exploring and experimenting with different techniques, you’ll come up with some images you are happy with.
For me, I’ve used a bunch of different techniques to make the photographs you’ll see below. Intentional camera movement, double exposures, multiple exposures and odd blending modes in Adobe Photoshop allowed me to get the results I did. Sometimes the photographs turned out exactly the way that I had envisioned them, others didn’t. But those
mistakes happy mistakes are exactly how you learn.
Are these photographs award-winning pieces? Nope. Probably only a handful of you will end up on this blog and will take the time to actually scroll down to the end of this post. But that’s not the point. I rarely create these types of photographs for anyone else but myself. But what I learn while creatively exploring these techniques helps me be a better photographer in the other areas I shoot. And that’s all I could ever ask for.