Being creative when photographing a subject you know well can be a challenge. Sounds like it should be easier, but it takes a discerning eye to see something different. That is how it is for me when I visit Colonial Williamsburg, our favorite place to visit and my favorite photographic destination. We visit 3-4 times a year so I get a chance to photograph this living museum during all four seasons.
I will see and capture different scenes, architecture, people, events, livestock, and close ups depending on what is going on in this historic city as well as how the weather is affecting my choices. As I wrote last week, the Spring brings lambs and other newborns, flowers blooming and green everywhere. Historic Houses are freshly painted too. But these images by themselves can get old fast if I continue to shoot them year after year. So every season we visit CW, I try to look at the town with a fresh eye.
On this past visit, I photographed lots of lambs. They were so cute, but none captured what I had shot a year ago, a lamb trotting towards me and my camera. So I experimented some more, captured one of the lambs peeking through the fence. Just the nose is seen, and I made it into a monochrome. What do you think?
I also love capturing windows and shutters. The below photo struck me because the shutter was weathered and had great texture. I really like the white and black contrast with the added gray details. Again the black and white look seemed to do it more justice.
My last photograph would be nothing special but the light was hitting the white steps just right, shadowing the rest of the scene. The shadows and the colors really make this photo stand out for me. What do you think?
I hope you enjoy this week’s creativity. I do enjoy experimenting, and I hope you like the results.
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