Two photographers, one camera

It’s all about perspective. What is an everyday walk in the neighborhood for our friend, Nancy, is a new event for us. We felt certain that a neighborhood walk would be a fun photo opportunity. Nancy lives near a wooded area along the Huron River. Some neighborhood! The leaves were coloring nicely; a few last flowers were still valiantly in bloom; boaters plied the river. So, that’s the setting for when we — Beth and Nancy — grabbed the opportunity to take Fall photographs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We had planned to see what would happen when 2 people with 2 different cameras recorded what they saw on the same walk. The cameras were a Nikon 1 V1 (Nancy) and Sony RX100 II (Beth).

On this perfect Fall day, we set off, and, after we walked some distance, Nancy remarked that she just wasn’t seeing anything to photograph. OK, Beth said, to herself, take a very good look around because beautiful things must be here to photograph.

A minute later a fallen tree with lichen came into sight, and Nancy swung into action with her camera. Beth reached for her camera, but her bag was empty. What? Oh, no! She had used it right before the walk and must have left it on the table at home. Now what? Nancy generously suggested sharing her camera.

Now, we were sharing a camera that one of us was just learning to use and the other of us had no idea how to use. This would be interesting!

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A portrait of Joe and Tom on the bank of the Huron River.   Photo taken by Nancy.

Nancy looked straight up for a bouquet of colored leaves.

Nancy looked straight up for a bouquet of colored leaves.

A wooden building snapped through a high metal fence. Photo taken by Beth.

A wooden building snapped through a high metal fence. Photo taken by Beth.

Water flowed through the dam. Photo taken by Beth.

Water flowed through the dam. Photo taken by Beth.

Imagine the tree turning, and its bark flaring out like a skirt. Photo taken by Nancy.

Imagine the tree turning, and its bark flaring out like a skirt. Photo taken by Nancy.

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A family enjoying a perfect fall day on the river. Photo taken by Beth.

Flowers were going, going, almost gone. Photo taken by Beth.

Flowers were going, going, almost gone. Photo taken by Beth.

We rarely approached a photo shot in the same way, but that brought out different perspectives. What was she seeing that I wasn’t? New ideas came as each of us waited in turn for the other to set up and compose the next photo.

Nancy and Beth agreed it was not just a good walk but inspiring to work with each other to see how two (very amateur) photographers could capture that glorious Fall day in the woods using one (not familiar) camera.

 

October 2015

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3 Responses to Two photographers, one camera

  1. Photography’s always been interesting because of that: everyone sees something different. In too many of my pictures, I have to wonder what I was trying to capture! Not so with the two of you.

  2. It’s always interesting to see how different people view the same setting. We usually have a camera each and often end up taking completely different photographs of the same thing. The other day we came across an elderly couple who had two cameras each, and not ordinary cameras but enormous Nikons with massive zoom lens. They must have been very serious about their photos because I don’t know how they were able to stand up straight carrying all that weight around their necks.

  3. plaidcamper says:

    Enjoyed seeing the different perspectives – all the photographs were interesting!

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