Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

Come join me on my journey!

A Challenge From an Online Mentor….

This is a very interesting Challenge. Click on the link to read Otto’s Challenge if you wish.

Otto von Munchow offered up the following Challenge to his followers…….. https://munchow.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/another-challenge/

Below I am posting two photos of the many I shot attempting to break some of the 10 photography rules.
“In Photography and the Art of Seeing, Freeman Patterson recommends writing down a list of rules we assume to be true of photography… and then break them. Here are ten rules that recur repeatedly”:

1) Focus on the centre of interest.
2) Fill the frame with the subject.
3) Do not shoot between 10 am and 3 pm (the light is too harsh).
4) Don’t shoot against the light.
5) Hold the camera steady.
6) Follow the rule of third, e.g. 1/3 sky and 2/3 land or vice versa.
7) Obey the light meter.
8) Photograph children (or pets) at their own eye level.
9) Avoid lens flare when shooting against the sun.
10) Keep the camera level with the horizon.

Ok, here is my list I took outside with me and used to break these rules listed above.

I want to:

Shoot between 10 and 3.

Move the camera (up and down on trees). I didn’t move the camera but I thought to wait for the wind to move/blur the foreground pine branch a bit.

Shoot against the light.

Shoot with subject in center. (Actually my subject in mind was to have the exposure good enough to see detail in the tree bark and trees and not worry about anything else (Like I usually do!).

Create lens flare shooting into the sun.

Not have everything (the horizon, distortion) exact and precise. This shooting experience was painful letting go of looking for everything to be perfectly aligned etc.

Posted two photos because I couldn’t pick one!@!



Photo One



Photo Two – Lake George and the Mammoth Sierra Crest from cabin at Wood’s Lodge, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Wrap Up Thoughts:

Just heading out to do this challenge was so informative. I hated having to go against the rules. I couldn’t even concentrate on what I wanted or what to do differently. But I shot some photos. I kept my ISO high so that I could see detail on the forefront subjects – cabin porch, trees etc. Typically I expose for the skyline using exposure bracketing. So having the entire background exposure blown out ……And having the starburst blown out went against my instinct. But I did it. Because it was so bright outside I couldn’t really see the LCD previews of what any of the photos really looked like. But I kept shooting. Again, making me feel frustrated.

When I got inside and looked at all the photos I was seeing a different kind of shot than I normally shoot. I was mildly enjoying the different exposures, the less than perfect composition and what showed up as the subject.

What was most important in this challenge was doing what was against my nature. I am such a robot, doing the same thing over and over again. Just going out when I didn’t want to, shooting how I didn’t want to shoot, opened my eyes to the importance of doing this exercise more and more and seeing what comes to me from doing it. Practice brings change and I am definitely interested in seeing what change will come.

Thanks Otto for this challenge.


4 Responses to “A Challenge From an Online Mentor….”

  1. Wait For Me says:

    Love, love the tree!

  2. Ray Jeffers says:

    I like both shots, and I don’t know what is right or wrong, but I know what I like.

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