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A photographic theme…

September 20, 2008

Hmmm.  I’ve got a few days before the big trip and I’ve yet to pick a theme.  What is a theme, you say?  Isn’t the Grand Teton National Park a theme?  Well, yes, technically, but I’ve heard over and over again that it needs to be more specific.  Let’s back up a bit.

Whenever you go out to shoot, you should pick a theme.  Picking a theme helps focus your eye and your mind on, well, the theme!  This causes you to see things differently and with more detail since you’re looking for aspects of the theme in everything around you.  It’s not to say, “I’m not going to photograph the grizzly charging the elk for dinner because my theme is water’s effect on the landscape”.  Heck, shoot anything you’d like, BUT keep your theme in mind.  Look for the theme in everything you see and photograph.  It’ll get you more involved with the environment and, ultimately, improve your eye and your photography.

So, what’s my theme?  Truth be told, I’ve never chosen a theme before!  Hey, I’m learning too!  This is mostly a learning experience while doing landscape photography.  Should I focus on that?  It’s autumn in the Tetons.  Hmmm, I like autumn.  Autumn in the Tetons?  My photos should reflect the color and beauty of the autumn season in the Grand Teton National Park.  I can shoot wildlife, but each photo should show that it’s autumn.  I’m going to think on this a while.  I’m not sure if it’s specific enough.  Thoughts?  Use the comment box below!

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