Sometimes I tried to transfer what I knew from musical theory to image making.
And I can still remember one of my professors talking about Beethoven and how many motifs and variations he would have compared to other composers of his or any other time. And then the same professor talking about the latest Beatles song. He was really into Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds because it had both 3/4 time and 4/4 time. Unusual in the standard popular song.
I played around with taking images that follow the regular sort of popular/folk song pattern of a few A verses and a B Refrain and back to the A part. So when the Poets Walk shot was done I was waiting for the “B Part” to walk into frame and also hoping nobody else would walk into the shot before I clicked and ruin it.
I decided that the couple with the umbrella, who are just nicely sketched in a large print, giving you something that gives the trees scale, and also is nice in a mushy sort of way.
It surprised me that the “decisive moment” could even be applied – sometimes to landscape photography.
Precise moments in landscapes? Sometimes.
Can there be a wrong time to click the shutter?
What sort of questions if any, go through your head when taking a shot? Or are you in a Zen state. Or you don’t really know what you were thinking at the time!
I have many pictures where some “B” theme appeared magically without my even planning or thinking about it.
101 Careers is such a themed picture. You see the garbage cans, and the scruffy guy who had just been through our garbage. And the older guy’s startled look. It was only months later that I noticed what I’ll call the “B Motif,” in the title of the book the guy had just pulled from the garbage.
The B part can be similar to an Easter Egg that you will hopefully discover by looking at the picture.