|Photos That Lie
by Jim McGee
"It's easy to take pictures when you're on
vacation but I
can never find anything to shoot when I'm at home."
That simple statement in a reader's email started me thinking about
the simple art of "seeing" and how with some creative framing
photographers can create their own reality out of the everyday world
It's kind of simple really, you just need to open yourself up to
seeing parts of a scene. Or to looking beyond what's in front of you,
what's behind the everyday things that we all drive by in our busy
Here are some simple examples, all shot within a few minutes of my
house in the "unphotogenic" suburbs.
| To see what these
scenes "really" look like move your mouse over the photo and
watch it change.
bright reds and yellows caught my eye, but rather than being part of a
virgin field of wild flowers in some wooded glen, these were growing amidst
a pile of old palettes at the edge of a parking lot.
The hardest part
of this shot was timing it between stiff gusts of wind blowing
across the parking lot.
I shot on Provia 400 because it's what was already loaded in the
camera. I was pleasantly surprised by the fine grain, even when blown up to a 13x19 print.
Nikon 50mm f1.4 on
Fuji Provia 400, at f2.8
||There's a little stand of trees between a church and a nursing home
that I've driven by literally thousands of times and never thought twice
One morning a glint of light from the rising sun caught my
eye through the trees and something made me turn into the nursing home's
parking lot and hike back into the woods where I found this picture. The light
only lasted a few minutes, and despite the apparently tranquil
scene, traffic noise from the road drowned out the sounds of any chirping
Nikon N70, Nikon 20mm f2.8 on
Ektachrome Extracolor 100 at f22
carpet of wild flowers on the forest floor is a photographic staple.
Similar scenes have been shot all over the
It just so happens that this one was shot in the side yard
of a house in Northeast Philadelphia.
Nikon N70, 28-105 f3.5-4.5 on
100 at f22
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