There are many ways of photographing
everyday objects to give them a completely new and unfamiliar look. Try
taking photo in abstract way; sometimes the images may be so transformed that the picture becomes
abstract or surreal. To achieve such an effect calls for an eye for
composition and an understanding of how the image will appear on film,
rather than how it looks to the eye.
One example is a moving object such as
flag fluttering in the breeze. To the eye it simply looks like a moving
flag. It is not blurred, nor is it frozen into a particular momentary
shape; however, if it is photographed it will appear in one of these
ways. If a fairly slow shutter speed is used, and the moment is well
judged so that the flag falls subtly into the frame, a strikingly
dynamic image will result. A fast shutter speed could freeze the flag
into a sharp image, but in comparison this will look stiff and
This is only one example of seeing in an abstract way. Other images can be created by selecting part of an object, for example a building, which in isolation forms an abstract shape. Often the most ordinary objects or views can take on an abstract quality when viewed from a new angle.
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