27 03 2011

Do you know that feeling when you think that you came up with a great idea just to find out that someone else not only had it earlier but also did something with it, used it to get some great results? I was thinking about my photography lately. I was thinking what could I try to create something really original. I was thinking about motion blur technique, perhaps about small series of photos from nature created by using this technique because I haven’t seen it much in use lately, if not counting some experimental work. Then I was visiting blogs of the photographers I am following and, after some time, also of those who I’m not following regularly such as Jim Goldstein and there I saw it. Whole series of fantastic photos created by motion blur (and not only) technique called Color fields!

I was also thinking about my flower photography and, again, what could I do to achieve a unique results. I was thinking about the flower photography in general. You know, flower photographers are sometimes offended that they try to create perfect photos, looking only for perfect flowers without spotted or ragged petals, in the most fresh state, just open at best. So I thought, what if I’ll try to make great photos also with flowers which are not perfect? Those faded or wet or ragged or however crippled. I saw creations from photographers trying this but what I saw was usually morbid rather than nice. And then I visited, again after some time, blog by Mike Moats where I noticed his “Finding character in…” posts such as this one about Gerbera daisy or this about Black Eyed Susan.  Mike has created a whole book about it! Got it?

Ok, it doesn’t mean that I can’t use these amazing shots by amazing photographers as inspiration but it mainly means that I need to think a bit harder. Maybe I’ll come up with something unique one day. Or maybe I’m just too young and naive.

Last drop. Two weeks ago my friend visited me and when he was looking through my printed “portfolio” (quite emphasized word for it) he stopped with one monochrome photo in his hand saying “Wow, this is great! It looks exactly like those photos from IKEA!”

~Tulip Dreams ~
1/2 sec. @ 100 mm, f/4, ISO 100

If you also have such a “down” moments in these days, hopefully this fresh spring photo can cheer you up a bit.

Enjoy spring!

Technical note: 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.




17 responses

28 03 2011
Anita Bower

What more praise could you ask for?!

28 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

Hello Anita. Please note that I wrote whole this post and especially the last paragraph (last drop) with light humorous tone (or at least I tried to). I know that my friend meant the praise in good way and I have nothing against photos and other art sold in IKEA, it’s good stuff. I only don’t like the idea of my work being compared to mass market products, that’s all.

28 03 2011
Ken Bello

I think your friend’s IKEA remark was meant as a compliment. Just because it is mass market doesn’t mean it’s not good. This photo is really nice.

29 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks for stopping by, Ken. I know that his IKEA remark was meant as a compliment. I never said that mass market product is bad in general. Actually IKEA has great products. It’s hard for me to explain it but it’s hard for me to accept the comparison with something that is widely available. As an amateur, and maybe because of it, I feel that I’m trying to do something unique, something original which has very limited availability. I’m not a factory. It’s really hard for me to explain it. I guess I’m better photographer than writer.

29 03 2011

Your situation is not unique Tomas, many ideas are generated from the work of others, and so on, and so on.

Terrific image with this post. Spring is in the air, and this photo portrays the light, airy moods associated with a great season.

29 03 2011
Tomas Turecek

I fully agree, Mark. I see that with so many people and so many photographers all over the world and also in past it’s probably even impossible to come up with something that someone else hasn’t tried already. It’s just that I felt really desperate for a moment (and that’s really unique situation for me) that I simply had to write it down. I’m glad that you like the image.

1 04 2011

First, the photo is gorgeous!

Second, yes, I’ve been there. Think of something ‘brilliant’ and then realize, oh, right, it’s been done already…sigh. Hoping one day I’ll manage to be the ‘first’!

2 04 2011
Tomas Turecek

Yes, yes. I’m sure we all know this but sometimes it’s really unbearable 😦 Thanks for comment, Tracy.

3 04 2011
Ingrid - London UK

Hi, Thank you for your visit to my blog and your nice comment on my photographs.
Your tulip is wonderful.
All the best.

4 04 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks, Ingrid.

5 04 2011
Barbara Kile

Every time I try to emulate (is that the right word?) some other artist’s vision, it’s just not me and never turns out quite right. There is one fact to be true: There is nothing new under the sun. Everyone got their knowledge and ideas from someone else. (Even though they would like to think it theirs). All we need to do is create work that is pleasing to US. We hope everyone will like it, but, in truth, they won’t. So, let’s continue to be inspired by others’ work, but create our work in ways that make our heart sing! I always recommend books and materials by Nancy Rotenberg. People like our work better when our passion went into making and editing the image. Keep up the good work, Tomas. And keep listening to your heart. 🙂
Love the tulip!

5 04 2011
Tomas Turecek

Very well written, Barbara. Thank you for these kind words. Thank you also for note about Nancy about who I never heard until now. After visiting her web page and gallery I got a feeling that her photos are somehow familiar to me. I have either saw them somewhere already or I saw photos from other photographers who tried something very similar.

10 04 2011
Tulip in Low Key « Close Nature

[…] quite a lot of photos and was able to process only part of them. Very first one was the photo in this post and as you can see it wasn’t a low key photo at all. Still I took the session with intention […]

11 04 2011
Bernie Kasper

I try not have any fresh ideas it puts too much pressure on me 😉 Just kidding but I am not kidding when I say how much I love this image !!

13 04 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks, Bernie! I appreciate it.

23 05 2011
Lorna Taylor

I understand your comment about not wanting your images to look like everything out there (Ikea) ! We are bombarded by images everywhere we go , it is hard to not see your own work with out it looking similar to someone else’s it seems. I find on my down times when I am low on inspiration I love to see what others are doing and what they are shooting. But then I pick up my camera and forget those images and start shooting , When I am in the field I don’t think of say Mikes Moats work other than maybe that Mike has helped me look deeper into an image and I start shooting for myself . I know my images are not alone there is work that looks similar to mine but in the end it is mine, so hang in there your style will develop. You may not see it but others will. One of the things I have noticed when I display my work is people know right away it is mine, fun though I don’t see it . I am not sure what my style is but other photographers do as soon as my images come up in competition they say oh that’s Lorna’s . I am sure you are probable the same you are just to close to your images to see it. Good luck and Happy Shooting ! Don’t put to much pressure on yourself and enjoy the process the rest will follow !

30 05 2011
Tomas Turecek

Thanks for visit, Lorna, and for great comment. I can only agree with you on all the reasoning. I also soak up inspiration from other photographers which I follow on flickr, their blogs or photo forums. And from one forum I also know that I have distinguishable style even though I don’t see it clearly. Feel free to stop by anytime.

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