"When something caught your eye, there must be something in there. Don't give up and keep looking." --Scott Kelby
Let me also add one thing that I told my friend, Frederick Mount (Check him out!), while we were talking about our media:
"Sometimes it's not what you just see in there but what you put in there (to complete the scene)" --Jackson
My first visit with this shed, I had no idea what to do with it. I kept going round and around it. Losing light, I just gave up and took a couple of pictures of what's around it. These were still during my earlier days where I'm still figuring out other techniques and stuff.
|Pretty Much What I Can Do|
At this time, this is one technique I can do. Not so great but I was always excited to photograph light trails on interesting roads. Although this was just half of its "interestingness" it's pretty much what I could do that time. Maybe it's time to revisit this one too?
took pictures of some other things on my way. It was a productive day but not the products I initially aimed for.
This was when I gave up. No matter how many times I visit this shed, I could never find a way to photograph it to my satisfaction. It's not like I tried. But in every corner with every envisioning, I can't come up with anything.
Some time passed by and I watched one of Scott Kelby's Google+ seminar (found it by accident). As he said, I shouldn't give up. So again, since it's been a while, I decided to revisit this shed. It was late in the afternoon, overcast so I shouldn't expect blue skies, but night time is mostly where I shine. This time, I decided to just shoot whenever I have a slight idea. Fix it later if I see something. I guess shooting something to learn from, is better than visualizing alone.
This time I took a tighter shot. I think this is not the best view of the subject but it's also the cleanest. This time I'm focusing on the markings. I just thought it should look a bit more Korean than anything else.
While thinking of how I can add myself to the scene, setting up extra gear and everything else, I also thought of what my poses should be. Now I'm not fond of setting up scenes to photograph. Let alone posing for my own portrait. But I had to roll with my trail of thoughts. And the trail lead me to add this day to "Tell your story in four frames." An idea I copied from a Flickr Group. So here goes nothing...
|Chapter 1 "Empty."|
|Chapter 2 "Still Waiting."|
|Chapter 3 "Uncertainty"|
Something happened in the middle of this shooting session. For some reason, a car came aggressively straight and parked very near me. With its head lights flashed so rudely to my camera. Whoever was in there, I think he noticed me going back and forth and around that shed and got curious/suspicious. Probably a park police of some sort. I was upset that the driver kept his lights on as if watching what I'd do next.
But this gave me an idea. I used the car's lights to give me back light, and use Max's to illuminate the front of the subject. Lemons to lemonade, I guess. But I was still upset. It's a very good thing I got the shot I wanted. Because after 2 takes (it took them 10 minutes to stay there watching me... with their lights on), the car left.
|Chapter 4 "Wait Eternal"|