This week your challenge is to photograph the Abstract.
Turn what is familiar into something new and mysterious. Being a wearer of prescription glasses I get to experience the abstract everyday when I take them off. Normal objects and people that were clear and precise become more like a Monet painting appearing as splotches of colour, shapes, compositions and textures.
To achieve an abstract effect in photography, you don’t need to take your glasses off. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
Isolate or Eliminate – When looking at your object you may see parts of it that show strong lines, shapes, textures, colours or form. Carefully frame and isolate the parts that interest you resulting in interesting abstract image that no longer represents the initial object it was.
Increase the distance - You see this particularly with aerial shots. The further you move away, the object loses information and it becomes an abstract picture of shades, colours and textures blending or contrasting with each other.
Decrease the distance – Details that were not apparent may present as an abstract photograph separate from the object photographed. For example butterfly wings or the framework of leaves or the underbelly of a mushroom.
Movement – Move your camera slightly or zoom in or out while shooting and create a more impressionistic image. Movement will reduce the information of the whole subject leaving behind colours, lines and patterns.
Slow shutter speed – Slow shutter speed can produce beautiful abstract lines of light as seen when photographing cars travelling on a busy highway at night.
There you have it, go and make yourself a beautiful abstract picture. Use your imagination and above all, enjoy yourself and have fun this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.