(photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi)
One of the first assignments I give students in my introductory photography
course is to bring two pictures to class for discussion – one that they like and
one that they dislike. In presenting their choices to the class, students begin
to develop an internal language for identifying elements in their own work that
succeed or fail.
I came across this week's photo in my library while
researching images for a book project and stumbled upon an interesting insight
into how I evaluate my work.
When I first shot this photo of an orchard
on the Golan Heights, I rejected it. I don't recall exactly why, but I may have
been striving to create something different or I may have been emotionally
disconnected from it when editing the shoot. Upon rediscovering it in my
library, while perusing hundreds of files late at night in my office, the image
evoked a softness, orderliness and a genuinely peaceful early-spring-morning
kind of quiet that fit my mood perfectly.
One of the best times to
photograph trees is late winter or early spring, when bright green new leaves or
colorful buds give the tree a unique coloration that fades as the new growth
matures. I stood on an embankment looking down into the valley where these trees
had been planted, and using a telephoto lens, composed an image that removed all
other growth save for a small errant patch toward the top of the frame.
try to explain to my clients that the real value of their investment in
professional photography will only become apparent in five or 10 years.
Sometimes pictures deserve a second look after a period of time, so that when
you return to them you are able to see their true value.Yehoshua Halevi is an
award-winning photojournalist and event photographer. For queries on
simcha photography in Israel and Europe, send an e-mail to
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