Abstract perspectives in photography

It’s difficult to choose a subject with over 1,000 to process currently, so I’ll concentrate on one tiny aspect of what I’ve been up to. As I’ve been running around on my travels I’ve been inspired to do some abstract photographs. There are always lots, of course, but some things just strike you as worthwhile the time and effort to shoot. When looking at objects, move around them, or of they’re small, move them around. Look at them from different angles. try to obscure or leave out any distracting elements. Play with that camera! Play with colour and light. Experiment. It costs nothing to press delete of you don’t like the results, and you might get something special.

abstract spades

abstract fishing

fishnet abstract

old rope

Look for a good composition, balance, colour and interest. The technique you use should be creativity. Forget which lens, which filter or which camera even. Just LOOK until you find that composition. Then you can play with equipment.  Try different shots from different perspectives of your abstract until you find something you’re happy with. Think outside the box! Above all, have fun with that camera and find your own image of the world.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 47whitebuffalo
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 13:55:27

    You would probably enjoy Lynn Wiles photoblog. Lots of abstracts there!
    Like the net.


  2. chriscaff
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 13:59:14

    Thanks White Buffalo! Can you send me the URL please?. I can’t find this blog.


  3. Jon Vagg
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 14:12:41

    We’ve discussed this before and I think we both agree that abstract shots, like a lot of other photography, is first and foremost about having the ‘eye’ to spot something that will work. OK, what the human eye sees and what the camera sees are different, but all good photography starts with having that eye for detail and composition, way before you start thinking about any of the techie stuff – and you’ve got it.


  4. mosfet testing with multimeter
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 01:45:38

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!


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