One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes

© 2019 Xiomaro.com For these one-shot images, I was drawn more to the shapes within a scene than the subject itself though, of course, they are inextricably intertwined. Under some circumstances, as I will show in a future post, light is the added ingredient that can showcase forms to the point of abstraction especially whenContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Photographing Shapes”

One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera

© 2019 Xiomaro.com These days I usually photograph with a small camera having dedicated knobs – rather than software menus – for aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and aspect ratio. But the lens could not focus close enough to the moth resting on the translucent paper that covers the sliding lattice doors of a tea house.Continue reading “One Shot Challenge: The “Best” Camera”

One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In my last blog post I explored reasons for limiting oneself to taking only one shot. Although I was satisfied with the first shot of the rain chain, I went on to take a few additional photographs that did not measure up as well to the first. Although I did not adhereContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Another Attempt”

One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain

© 2019 Xiomaro.com In the days of film, it might have been appropriate to alter the sound of the shutter to the ka-ching of a cash register. Intentionality was required as the film and its development cost money. And you were limited to 24 or 36 shots after which the film had to be unloadedContinue reading “One Shot Challenge: Japanese Rain Chain”

Should flowers always be photographed in color?

© 2019 Xiomaro.com One of my workshop attendees recently asked me why I sometimes choose to photograph plants in black and white. In part, it’s because I like the challenge. As with a sunset, for example, the colors are striking enough to make even a poorly executed photograph still look pretty good. So can IContinue reading “Should flowers always be photographed in color?”