I was leafing through the latest issue of Artful Blogging, and was thinking how all the photos in it were so beautiful. Where do they find such interesting subjects to snap? And is the world really this colorful? Much of the photography was of journals and created art, but so too was a good portion of natural things, or things you might find simply laying about. The stark beauty of some strategically placed color plates wouldn’t garner much attention in a different venue. The magazine, the photography, and the editing make you look more carefully. It’s really very visually stimulating.
Many of my friends here in WordPress are already artists. ATCs, watercolors, textiles, and a whole bunch of card makers visit Whimseytopia because of our shared interests. And I’ve met many people on here who are very good with a camera as well. But I was trying to figure out what sets some photographs apart from others, and I think I may have the answer. Zoom! If you look at Artful Blogging as a whole, a disproportionate number of the photos are macro images.
They are real close-up photos, narrowing in on the most intricate of details, pulling out the faintest of colors, and showing us something we wouldn’t ordinarily see unless we were looking through a zoom lens, or a magnifying glass.
These details and some very judicious use of color palettes make the new issue of Artful Blogging so beautiful you almost want to eat it. The use of lavender and purple on the cover is perfect for the upcoming holiday.
So motivated by this, I took the camera around my house this morning and tried to look at some of the mundane things that ordinarily do not attract my attention through the eyes of an artist with a zoom lens. I only have what came with the camera (a macro lens), but I am not unhappy with the results. Most particularly, Bowtie sat uncharacteristically disinterested until I asked her for a snap. She was eager to comply and, for a change, neglected to blink! I mean, how cute is this cat?????