Defining “my style”

4 08 2010

What is actually your style of photography? Can you define it? Imagine it? Describe it? For some photographers it is impossible to define it because they simply take photos of everything that catch their attention. I call them universal photographers. They can make great photos but are not specializing on any area of photography.

The other group of photographers are “specialists”. Such photographers focus mainly on one area in photography in which they want to achieve some recognition or they do it simply because they like it. It is evident that I fall into this category. Even though I take also other photos than flower photos, they don’t give me any pleasure and I don’t tend to spend much time with them.

If I look back on my flower photos it seems to be easy to define “my style”. I take macro images, I focus on shallow depth of field and lines and colours. I like to search abstract images in the world of flowers. I also try to take my photos to another level by additional post-processing which makes them different from “common” macro flower photos.  Following photo is nice example.

~ Sultry moments ~
~ Floral Curves Series ~
1/15 sec. @ 100 mm, f/4, ISO 100

Ok, so this may be some kind of description of “my style”. But we photographers are sometimes influenced by other photographers, sometimes we just want to try something different, something new and then “our style” may change. Is it possible to define the style then? May even the changes be a part of the style? What is your perception of this? Let me know!

While thinking about it, enjoy the hottest days of the year!

Technical information: the photo above was taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, mounted on tripod, under natural conditions.

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11 responses

5 08 2010
Anita Bower

Lovely image! I like the radiating lines, curves and soft colors. And, the simplicity. Well done.

I don’t consciously think of having a “style,” but I do have a particular focus–flowers, especially macro flowers. Within that focus, I like trying new approaches. I also like lots of color!

5 08 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Anita for your reply. I wonder how others percieve their work. Whether they think of the style or not.

5 08 2010
milkayphoto

Hmmmm, I guess I am a macro girl, too. I delve into other things but I could live in the valley of the details forever.

The soft colors of this image are quite stunning, Tomas! I could see it in a really pretty little girl’s room amongst all things pretty and girly… 🙂

6 08 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Milkay. “I could live in the valley of the details forever”, how poetically said. I like it very much.

I see a decent number of photos with this “pale” look which gives the photo an ethereal feel nowadays and I try it from time to time but I somehow feel that the result is rather feminine and I don’t feel totally comfy creating them.

11 08 2010
Kala

Beautiful macro image. I like the softness and the crop.

And like it or not, I definitely have my own style of photography.

11 08 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Kala.

8 09 2010
Barbara Kile

Love the softness and how you filled the frame. Those are the things I like too! I love selective focus, pastels, softness, yet find the need to step out and try new things too!

23 09 2010
Anita Bower

Tomas: I posted a new version of Calendula 2 incorporating your comments.
http://anitabower.aminus3.com/image/2010-09-23.html

2 01 2011
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25 03 2011
john Barclay

This is a yummy image. I’m a fan of the more abstract flower image and this one really works. Lots of good posts on your blog Tomas. Good food for thought.

25 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks once more, John! It’s funny how we change our mind radically sometimes. I was decided not to make such photos (with soft pastel colours evoking feminine style) but I already did some this year and I’m enjoying it more and more 🙂

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