“There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. Non of them is the truth” – Richard Avedon
“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” – Frank Tibolt … (actually, there is no such thing as “inspiration” … getting motivated by ghosts. (Lat., spiritus, us, m. = the ghost … spiritualism = the believe in ghosts) … it’s actually work and experimentation … ideas from your brain … from YOU!
© Klaus Rossler copyright 2011
I came upon some shots of our cats, made over the years … all very different. Some could easily go as cute ads for cat food, others definitely not. They are usually spontaneous decisions, quickly getting the camera when something looks special. It’s mostly a matter of lighting – e.g. backlit by the sun or any lamp inside – that makes all the difference in the world. But it’s the cat who decides. In some cases there is not much light at all and it’s a challenge to take a shot handheld. And there is never enough time to get the tripod. As a result there can be some less sharp images. I’m not a fan of various Photoshop filters and ‘painting imitations’, but it can be a last resort for keeping an otherwise interesting image at all. One was taken with one of the flash sync settings, resulting in some kind of double exposure effect. No matter what subject, experiment, be different, look for the odd, …cropping can change everything – it’s a major compositional tool. And of course, as always with animals, it’s a lot of luck and being there at the right time. A little manipulation, if possible, helps – like snapping your fingers to make the cat look up, etc. But, as we all know, cats have their own mind and when they had enough … they had enough. And so do I. Cheers
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