“The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.” – Frederick William Faber
This summer I have been riding my bicycle around Uptown Charlotte as often as I can get out. I started riding when the pandemic started. The gyms were closed, and I needed some way to get out of the house and exercise. I started riding around near my house, and the more I went out I saw different things that I had not looked close up before in my city. I started to bring my camera with me to photograph all of the sites near me. Fast forward over two years later, and there are times I go out and have that feeling of being tired of photographing the same things over and over again. What I have learned is that no two days are the same, and there is always a new way to look at something. Showing a different perspective is the goal of photography. When I visit somewhere again, I always try to find a different view that I have not captured before.
Here is what I do in order to find those new perspectives.
🚶♀️I walk into location in a different direction. If I typically come in from the south side, I try to enter from the north side. This might mean I circle a location before entering, but it allows me to see if differently. 🚶
⏲ I come in at different times of the days or during different weather conditions. The position of the sun can dramatically change how somewhere looks. If you normally come in the morning, try coming in the afternoon. ⏲
🪑 Try staying a little longer than normal. Just have a seat somewhere, listen to some good music, and inspiration will come to you. 🪑
I took these photos at Romare Bearden Park. This is a location that I have visited several times over the last few years. I was taking some long exposure shots, and I tried to do some in this corner. They turned out okay, but I loved how these shots turned out. I stood at an angle by the water feature, and I loved how my camera captured the water coming down at this angle. I want to challenge you to find different angles while you take photos. If you have any to share, please share the photos or your blog post in the comments below. We can all learn more from each other.