My friend Jack H. asked me yesterday if teaching photography has helped make me a better photographer and he had barely finished the sentence when I said, “Yes.” I then went on to say that in finding words to describe thought and physical processes that are the result of 10 years of fairly random reading/looking and endless practice based mainly on intuition has made me more aware of the complexities of finding, framing and capturing my subjects.
Beyond that, I am much more sophisticated in how I use software. And this photo is an example. Frankly, I have posted a nearly identical shot of this place in this blog already. The difference is that I was “playing” with software that I didn’t have a few years ago and with processes like sharpening, white balance, saturation and contrast that I didn’t have as of understanding as I do now.
Is this a better photo? Maybe not. In fact, the casual observer may not even see what is “right” about this photo. I would like to think that my second year photo students would because I see clear evidence that they “get it”: that they see and understand the 10,000 minute differences between the simple and the sublime.
Here’s the previous version: