Would something horrible happen if I broke the rules?
I ask myself that question almost every time I take a photo. What sort of mess might possibly occur if I alternately break the photographic rules of exposure, composition, or focus?
I know the rule of thirds, the rule of odds, filling the frame, leaving space — the traditional guidelines of good picture-taking.
The truth is, I’m a haphazard photographer. I’m shockingly inept at the mathematics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture setting and know just enough to produce some happy accidents.
I rely more on gut instinct and feel; less on carefully calculated outcomes.
This approach doesn’t win any photography awards to be sure, however it inspires me to create — free from the shackles of dogged perfectionism. Each risky image is, for me, a psychological triumph.
Eye of the Beholder is my new monthly photo feature showcasing the often surprising results of my experiments.
Thanks to a worldwide readership for following my previous photo series, Scene on Queen.
I hope you enjoy Eye of the Beholder and the simple stories behind the images.
Your comments and are always welcome! (click on photo to enlarge)
Story behind the image: I was on my way home from the city’s east end after having dinner with friends. Travelling west on the Lakeshore/Gardiner in my MINI Cooper, downtown traffic moved at a good clip. Suddenly, cars slowed to a crawl, then a complete stop. There was an accident up ahead.
At a glacial pace, the glut funnelled off the highway at the next exit.
I found myself presented with a rare sight: I was face-to-face with the CN Tower with no obstructions and had nothing to do except stare at the massive hulk.
I grew up in Toronto; I see the tower every day and barely notice it. That day however, it was comically juxtaposed with a regular old street lamp that stretched almost as tall as the tower itself.
I peered through the sunroof, grabbed my Coolpix camera from the glove compartment and snapped a few photos, hoping that at least one shot would properly convey the bizarre optical illusion I felt privileged to witness.
This image told the story best – with all its imperfections — including the blur and ghost-like glare.
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