Upon first arrival in Geneva, Switzerland I went for a walk and happened across an overpass above a railroad junction near the main train station. I instantly decided to experiment with a new tilt-shift lens to create images with a miniature effect. Having had a train set as a child I thought applying a miniature effect to the scene would work well. The image worked out well in my book as far as tilt-shift miniatures go, but my interpretation of the image has shifted (no pun intended) since I first took it.
Now when I look at this image the narrow focal plane and shallow depth of field highlights the rougher looking lines traveling through the frame. I see less a miniature and more parallel patterns to that found in tree bark and other photo subjects. Perhaps this parallel comes to mind because of recent photographs I’ve been working on or that I’m staying up too late. No matter what the reason, the observation is an important one to note as it highlights a key component of seeing. When looking for patterns, textures, lines, etc. you’re bound to find similar patterns and lines that follow a common geometry. Learning those patterns over time will enable you to see and compose images in a more timely fashion.
[tags]Photography, travel, Switzerland, railroad, track, tilt-shift effect, tilt-shift, stock photo, picture[/tags]