An Intention

21 02 2011

Everything begins with an intention, either consious or subconsious, and photography, or generally any process of creation, is no exception. Let’s think about the consious intention on field of creativity. I think that the more professional the person/creator is and the more experience (s)he has the more the intention is complete and thoughtful. I presume that when professional photographer is thinking about a photo (s)he is going to take (s)he has very precise idea what and how (s)he want to accomplish and (s)he will very probably end up with excellent photo.  A total amateur, on the other hand, knowing nothing about light and composition will end up with a great shot rather rarely and won’t be probably able to reproduce all steps leading to it.

~ Vintage Mum ~
0.8sec. @ 100mm, f/5.6, ISO 100

I must admit that I see myself somewhere between these two states. I am far way from a pro, nothing about it, but I am also far away from the total amateur, I would say. Still it is really rare for me to come up with concrete idea, an intention, that would lead to an excellent photo. More often my itention could be described as “to take couple photos of this flower and if I’ll end up with some really good one I’ll work with it more to get something original and nice”. This could be a description of my attitude to photography in last weeks. There are exceptions, of course. For instance, photos of cyclamen posted here were completely intended including light and composition.  But mostly it goes as it was just described. Photos accompanying this post are no exception.

~ Pastel Mum ~
1.3 sec @ 100mm, f/8, ISO 100

During winter time the only time that I can spent by taking new photos is 1-2 hours after noon during weekends and as this is very limited time I’m usually not very happy when we have some other plans. Nevertheless, two weeks ago we had no plans for weekend and so I bought this interestingly coloured Chrysathemum in a flower shop when we were out shopping. I was sure it will make a nice colourful contrast whith the central part in bright green and outer petals in pure white. Well, it was nice contrast but photos were still a bit average so I tried to give them some better look by additional post process.

Thinking about an intention – 2 years ago I wouldn’t be able to take such photos because I haven’t had the experience I have now. Being a pro, I would be probably able to visualize the result at the very moment of taking these or even before that and I would proably know the exact look and feel that I want to give them. Or isn’t it so? Are pros also relying on fortune sometimes?

I wish the spring was already here!

Technical notice: all photos in this post were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm USM macro lens mounted to a tripod, under natural conditions, indoors.




6 responses

26 02 2011
Barbara Kile

Lovely post and images. Beautiful macros!

27 02 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Barbara!

3 03 2011
Anita Bower

Both are lovely! I think I’m in that inbetween place also.

3 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Anita. You are definitely far more closer to pro than to amateur 😉

4 03 2011

The only difference between a pro and an amateur is that a pro gets paid.
I’ve seen the work of some fantastic amateurs, i’ve also read about professionals having happy accidents too.
I think you shots are great, however you arrived at the stage

4 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks for your opinion, Richard. I was also thinking about this point of view but I would dare to correct you a bit: “… pro is doing it for living” becuase even amateur can get paid for his work. Otherwise nicely said.

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