I like to spend a few minutes each week cruising around Flickr. I always find something that intrigues, inspires, amuses or just adds a spark to my own creativity.
Here are five shots I saw this morning that spoke to me.
Shot by Brad Kolodzaike, this photo has emotion. Pure and simple, raw, unadulterated and unclean emotion and a timelessness that comes from clicking the shutter at just the right time.
Is it the perfectly composed image? Probably not, I would have liked to see the subject moved a little to the left in the frame, but who cares about that. The moment is what counts and Brad nailed it.
Shot by Kirk Norbury. Despite the fact that I’m a nature loving, tree hugging, rock climbing, powder skiing outdoor junkie, I have a thing for guitars and wailing rock music.
As far as cool images go, this one has it all. It’s the pose. It’s the Flying V. It’s the foot stuck way out there on the pedal. It’s the two sets of drums. It’s the Marshall amp head hiding over there in the corner. It’s the blue color.
I know it was loud when Kirk shot this one and I like it!
This one was shot by Utah photographer Bret Edge and apparently, it’s one of his most popular images. I can see why, this shot is awesome! This is one of those photos that I wish I would have taken. Definitely one of the most dramatic shots that I’ve seen in a long time.
This one, shot by Andrew Kee, jumped out at me because, of all the great images you see of Yosemite, this one is just a little bit different. That’s what you go for, right?
I also really like the framing, and there is just some really cool stuff going one, like the twin clouds, that one stray piece of grass that’s curving back towards Half Dome, the little pocket in the grass that frames the peak. Overall, just a neat image.
Shot by Nicholas Dory. This one makes you look. It’s also very different. It’s got motion, it’s got light, it’s got contrast. It’s got angles. It’s one of those shots that jumps out at you because upon first glance, you’re not quite sure what it is. Anytime you can bring the viewer in closer to further inspect one of your shots, you’ve made a successful photo.
There, that was fun, wasn’t it? Great way to start the day. I’m inspired now and I can feel the creative juices starting to flow already.
Let’s do this again.
Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s my Flickr page.
Dan Bailey is a professional adventure, outdoor and travel photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska. He just published his first eBook, How to Become a Pro Photographer. Follow his own blog at danbaileyphoto.com/blog and see his daily updates at facebook.com/danbaileyphoto.