I keep thinking that I need to make an Oblique Strategies with photography and composition in mind, though maybe the original works just as well. I really should carry my set around, or at least leave them in my car or something. It'd be nice to be able to randomly draw one up. I should figure out a way to put conveniently put them on my rudimentary phone. At the very least, it might help me to not go into autopilot.
|Nikon 50mm f/1.4G at f/4.0 - 1/160s - ISO640|
It's a picture of the inside of my car. Why? I was waiting for my cousin to arrive at his house and didn't want to wander around too far. I've never taken a picture of the inside of my car. There's no point to the picture. I'm not trying to say anything or express anything.
I was experimenting with different apertures but I found that having the front console and shifter a little more discernible worked better (having the top of the hand brake more in focus was also nice). I put the hand brake in focus since it's in the foreground. Then I put the shifter on the opposite side of the picture for balance. The knobs and buttons of the console fill most of the space in-between. Why did I do that? I don't really have any good reason. It seems to follow a few compositional "rules" is all. (Not that knowing the rules is a bad thing. I always feel like knowing the rules helps me know when I want to break them)
The reason I even bring the picture up is because I started to wonder: if the picture did mean something to me, would my thought process would have been any different? Would I have just gone through the same routines in my head on how to frame the picture without giving thought to why I was framing it? If I had a tripod and was not in a hurry, I might have taken the time to ask myself why, but I often am not in that frame of mind. I still spend a lot of brain power making sure I have basic technical aspects right. I'm sure part of it is getting experienced enough to relegate the technical aspects to autopilot so I can free up brainpower, but I'm also sure that some of must also be a conscious effort to continue asking why.