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"Mirrorless Mark" is back for Mirrorless Monday and sharing an image completely different from what he has typically featured in past posts. That's a big part of the the fun of Mark's photographs.
Back in the film days, I remember another good buddy, Tony Corbell, talking about how he always left a few frames on each roll to do something different at the end of every shoot. To this day, even though it's digital, he still encourages photographers to leave a little time to mix things up and experiment - with their gear, lighting, composition, and exposure.
So, there are two things I appreciate in Mark's image today. First, shooting with the fisheye and doing something out of the ordinary has resulted in a terrific image. Second, is his choice to capture the image in the richness of black and white. He chose to shoot in Monochrome D and then adjusted his exposure.
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by Mark Toal
Every time I go out to take photos I do my best to shoot in a way that I haven’t seen the object or scene before. I’ve always been bored with my own photographs. The minute they were printed or posted on Instagram I can’t help wondering why I took it and how it could have been better.
Trying to find a new perspective is even more difficult when you’re photographing somebody else’s art work in the case of a car show where I captured this image.
Working on the photograph above I challenged myself to change things up. I tried to come up with something different by using an 8mm fisheye lens on my Panasonic Lumix GX9. The 8mm is not a circular fisheye. It fills the frame but distorts the image. I also changed the Photo Style in the camera to Monochrome D and reduced the exposure by 2/3 of a stop using exposure compensation.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.