Moments of Light: My Experience with Photography

by Thomas Pulsifer

Photography has always been something I’ve had a passing interest in. The first photos I ever remember taking were done using my Nintendo 3DS camera in 2011. Back then, I’d mainly take photos of my toys, posing them dynamically for fun shots. Nowadays, I typically only partake in photography if something particularly interesting or scenic crosses my path. During my vacation to Florida this past Summer, the sunsets were often breathtaking, so I found myself taking more pictures than usual.

A photo of a Florida sunset taken by me.

When taking photos, I try to adhere to some rudimentary rules. One of these is the rule of thirds. This is a basic framework for composition that makes photos more appealing to the human eye. In the picture above, the bottom third of the photo is the ground, the middle third is the horizon, and the upper third is the sky. This balance creates a much more pleasant shot.

For every photograph I take, I try to capture a warm, nostalgic feeling. I want each of my pictures to remind the viewer of their childhood, even if only vaguely. I like to think I’m often successful with this goal, though I haven’t really shown these images to anyone for feedback before. Each of my photos feels warm thanks to their warmer color palettes, and the outdoors, which serves as my most frequent subject, is something that practically everyone can feel nostalgic for.

After reading the resources in the Week 4 assignment page, I feel much more confident in my ability to take better photos in the future. The tip that stood out most to me is the one regarding changing perspective. When using a camera, I almost always take photos from a normal, standing position. This can work great for many scenes, but it’s important to shake things up and introduce some interesting, more dynamic angles that capture things in unconventional ways.

Whether intentional or not, I believe all photos tell a story. The narrative may be simple, such as raising the question of how and why the photographer took the photo in question. It could also tell a deeper story through subtle details. In some cases, a photo may create a mystery for the viewer to solve. Either way, the story surrounding a photo should always be something one considers when viewing it.

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