Abstract photography has always interested me, I've always loved the output from this genre, not just in photography but also in other forms of art. I sincerely wish I was better at it myself, and confess that a lack of practice is not helping.
Today while leading a photo tour in kananaskis I spotted a nice reflection in an area of thin ice on Spray Lakes and made an image hoping to demonstrate the genre. When I checked the shot on scene using the camera screen, I was dissatisfied and moved on fairly quickly.
When I got home and looked through the shots from the day I realised it was actually a nice image. The wind whipping spindrift across the top of the ice and over the reflected mountains really did capture the shot as intended even if the camera didn't show it so well at the time.
I still have considerable work to do if I'm to get better at abstract photography, but every time we try we learn. When we get it right we learn a little more of what to do, and when we get it wrong we learn a little more of what not to do next time. So it is literally a no lose situation, all we have to do is shoot, because if we don't try we don't learn.
That doesn't mean going around waggling your camera at everything you see, you still need to consider what it is you are trying to achieve in order to know if you achieved it or not. But we miss 100% of the shots we don't make, so next time you think you would like to try something with your photography, go out there and do it. Trial and error cost little in modern photography and every shutter release is a potential learning experience.
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