September 17, 2012
Time to take a break. Forget scooping poop, feeding the chicks and look around. How often do you go into the back yard and really look around. For me, taking pictures is kind of an outlet from the everyday routine. Sometimes we are blind of the details that surround us. Stop, breathe and look at the ordinary and see your own backyard as art
Weeds on the patio? or patterns under your feet?
A lonely back door at Noon
So take a basic digital camera, set it on black and white for simplicity, set it on the highest resolution and shoot.
I use a few different cameras but my favorite is a Cannon Power Shot Elph. Its small, has manual settings and has a rechargeable battery so you don't fill up landfills with batteries.
Most cameras have a micro setting you can used for those close up pictures.
Fall time berries before the leaves drop.
So its easy to just go out shooting a lot of pictures. But before you shoot look at all four corners to set your composition. You can always go back and crop later but I feel the best cropping is at the time the photo is taken.
Paint stir stick left out on the table
Tray looking for some ashes
Rock caught up in the grid
Counting the power
Stone and vine collaboration
Look for those details you never saw. Take lot of different angles of the same item and pick the best view later. No film these days to pay for. All those digital 0's and 1's are cheap.
Bring your backyard inside. Pick your best shots, print, frame and hang. Give a little of your backyard to your friends. Post a little of your yard on that big WWW
Take trashy pictures too
The dog's ball resting
Spool of roping that fused together sitting outside
Fallen leaf, a sign of cooler weather on the way
So create some backyard art