March 29, 2010
photos by Elizabeth Steinhilber
Note to readers; I feel the need to apologize for the delay between articles, however if you recall when last I posted part 2 of “Art in the streets” I told you all to forget about Waldo and go find ART! That is where I have been. I have been in search of “ART”. At first I was worried that art would be hiding out in destinations unknown to me, so I looked high and low. I looked in the Ohio River. I looked on cobblestone walkways. I searched parks, and looked deeply into the face of nature. I walked the city streets and looked on park benches, in corners and stairwells. I even looked in cemetery's just in case art was gone..... all in the quest to find art and bring back the proof of its existence to you. And do you know what I found? I discovered it everywhere I went! Art was at the Ohio River. Art was on park benches, in alleyways and door frames. Art had wings and flew to me so that I could capture its image. I found art in the sky, on the ground, and even as the sun was setting art was still there. I did find art in the cemetery, but do not be sad because it's alive and well and all around you, even now. All you need to know is what it looks like.
What's art look like?
photos by Elizabeth Steinhilber
Many people take pictures of different subjects every day and while the subject may hold your interest it is really nothing more than a mere snapshot. The difference between a snapshot and “art” is like the difference between night and day. “Literally”. At times the bright light of day might drown out the appearance of art, but as a photographer you must see beyond the harsh light of the sun and picture the same scene in shadows and reflected light. You have to look through the view finder and see art at different angles. What might be a nice snapshot for a family album, if taken from a different angle, or in a different light, can then become a fabulous work of art fit to be displayed on your mantle. A very different look can also be achieved by slowing your shutter speed, as you can see in the photo above. The water flowing and splashing over the rocks in the stream appear to be crisp and still as if it were frozen in time. That would make a nice picture for a family photo album right? However below that pretty little brook is a much softened image, almost dreamy looking one might say. We can get this look by slowing the shutter speed and opening the aperture in the manual settings of your camera. You might have to adjust your light meter a little different due to the time that your shutter is open allowing light into your image. Also try different ISO settings to achieve the results you are going for…….
(By the way, while I was searching for art, the craziest thing happened – I found Waldo! You can see for yourself in the accompanying slideshow.)
And now, the fun part...
Go forth and find "ART"! Oh look - it's over there...
Do you enjoy a good challenge? If so, here's one for you. Go forth and find “art”. It can be in any form that you find artistic (but keep in mind that this is a family publication). What we'd like to see is this: A typical “snapshot” of a scene or an object (no “people” shots without a standard model release, unfortunately), and then an “artistic” shot of the same scene or object, to illustrate the point of this article - that how a picture is composed makes all the difference between a snapshot and “art”. Send your two photographs, along with a short note granting permission for us to use them on Examiner.com, to me at “firstname.lastname@example.org”, and we'll publish the top 20 examples of “art” in a follow-up article in a couple of weeks. Naturally, your name will be listed along with your photos so that proper credit is given. All photos entered for consideration must be received by Friday, April 9th . This challenge is for anyone reading this article. A panel of 3 judges will decide the top 20 to appear in the slide show. You need not live in the Cincinnati tristate area to submit your photos, but if the pictures are from this area please add that information so that the Cincy readers can enjoy it that much more. Best of luck to you in your search for the elusive “ART”. If this were a script from “Star Wars” this would be the place where I would say ”May the force be with you“, but I think you get the meaning I'm going for here. Most important...HAVE FUN!