Rule of thirds? Check.
White balance? Check.
Boring? For sure.
Im a photo newbie, so the above checklist is usually quite time consuming to get past. And getting the photo technically correct is important... but for me, I usually end up with very dull shots when trying to do things "right". Hopefully this will change with experience, but at the moment its making me miss good photo opportunities.
A good example for me occurred just a few days ago. Walking past a huge brick wall in my neighborhood, I figured I could get a couple of good shots off.
Checklist init ..... boring .... boring .... boring. My gut told me to try something new, but "expert advice" kept echoing in my head:
"NEVER shot against the sun. NEVER".
So I did. I asked my boy to go stand at the end of the wall and look at me (blinded by the sun).
Exposure? Horrible. Shadows? Half the picture is pure shadow. The result? I loved it. Thankful to DT who put the image online:
Yeah I wish the sun was lower as well... thought about extending the shadow manually for a while. And your right Thanatonautii, I shot against the sun but managed to find shade when I went for a lower angle :-)
Good article and totally agreed : "NEVER shot against the sun. NEVER" is complete bullshit, the more rules you will set yourself the less creativity you will have, good pictures are a good balance of rules and intuition ;)
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