A few months back a client came to me with no experience in photography and impressed me with his willingness to learn.  I wrote a blog entry about the experience here.  Once of his biggest worries was that once he left 'scenic' Thailand and ended back in rural Australia at the mine where he works, he wouldn't find anything inspiring to take photograph.  I told him there are always interesting things to take pictures of, but that sometimes we must challenge ourselves.  I've even written about such experiences/challenges here in this column.  Well, it looks like Rod C met the challenge and came away with some great shots!

 

A few months back a client came to me with no experience in photography and impressed me with his willingness to learn.  I wrote a blog entry about the experience here. Once of his biggest worries was that once he left 'scenic' Thailand and ended back in rural Australia at the mine where he works, he wouldn't find anything inspiring to take photograph.  I told him there are always interesting things to take pictures of, but that sometimes we must challenge ourselves.  I've even written about such experiences/challenges here in this column.  Well, it looks like Rod C met the challenge and came away with some great shots!

What looks like a barren piece of country in the daytime with little to offer in the way of decent light or interesting subjects takes on an entirely different look after sunset.  I can tell he used his 12-24mm Sigma ultra-wide angle lens and was right up and almost touching the statue of the miner, that he had this tripod mounted for an extra long exposure, and that some sort of artificial lighting was providing the illumination on the statue and foreground.  And look how interesting the row of streetlights becomes and how the tower in the back along with the tree makes a perfect mid-ground.  The miner is the foreground, tower/derrick/tree/lights the mid-ground, and the sky and far tree line the background.  All the components of an interesting landscape with fun and interesting light throwing deep shadows and great colors on for effect!

 

These images are significant because it's a wonderful demonstration that no matter where you are, how bleak things look, that if you use your imagination and take your time you'll end up with some interesting shots.  In this case Rod's creativity is apparent, 1000 photographers in the same area at the same time probably wouldn't have pulled off these shots.  But Rod was looking for the components of the composition I drilled into him during our workshop and boy did it pay off!  Great job Rod!

 

This second image is another attempt on the same theme, but while very good it doesn't reach the same level as the first image.

These images are significant because it's a wonderful demonstration that no matter where you are, how bleak things look, that if you use your imagination and take your time you'll end up with some interesting shots.  In this case Rod's creativity is apparent, 1000 photographers in the same area at the same time probably wouldn't have pulled off these shots.  But Rod was looking for the components of the composition I drilled into him during our workshop and boy did it pay off!  Great job Rod!