What does ‘ordinary’ mean to you? It’s the question that can be quite complex, not least because it’s a double-edged sword. ‘Ordinary’ can be a polite way of saying ‘boring. But ordinary doesn’t have to mean boring; it can also mean the simple things, the things that you do every day.
If you met someone who told you they had a 9–5 job and went to work five days a week, for example, you would probably think they had a pretty ordinary life. But if that person worked as a stunt man, you might find yourself thinking differently about that 9-5 job: exciting, or extraordinary. A slight change can make a dramatic difference to how interesting we think something is. It is the same with photography, in that a slight change of angle can often be all that it takes to transform an ordinary scene into an extraordinary picture.
It’s easy for life to seem ordinary. Your hometown might be filled with cookie-cutter houses or apartments that have the same design, but look again. Do you see great repetition, lines, and texture in their construction? All of these things are photographic gold. The humble life of a Buddhist monk might seem rigid and repetitive and generally ordinary. To a foreigner, however, the monk’s lifestyle is exotic because it contrasts so markedly with her or his own. The ordinary then becomes extraordinary.
Sometimes all you have to do is view your own neighbourhood as a ‘foreigner’ seeing it for the first time, and this can provide you with an interesting idea or angle for a photo.
In Simple Scene Sensational Shot, Simon Bond shows you how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. From altering your angles to trying out HDR and making the most of bad weather, any situation can be turned into a superb shooting opportunity.
Simple Scene Sensational Shot, by Simon Bond
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