Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's My Style?



I've been feeling a bit conflicted lately. I love two different kinds of images -- tack sharp and slightly vintage, like yesterday's photo of the dandelions, and soft, gauzy images like today's forsythia.

I feel as though I should have one type of processing -- a style that is instantly recognizable as mine. But then I start playing with Photoshop and I'm all over the place, style-wise.

Aaarrgh.

11 comments:

hip chick said...

The problem with having only one style is that all your photos will look the same. It's nice to spice things up so that admirers of your photos don't get bored. Of course if you are really famous, like Ansel Adams then having one style works for you. But I would think that even he got bored taking so many of the same type of pictures.

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

I completely understand what you are going through...I don't think either of those necessarily represents your style...so to speak. I think your style is more how you shoot...what you compose, how you expose, what are the deign elements in a picture?...are you more candid or posed for people? Do you love putting everything in rule of thirds? I edit my pictures in many different ways after I take them and give them the treatment I feel is best...hopefully I helped a little :)

Emom said...

I don't see you as all over the place.
You are an "environmental documentarian".
And, a fine one at that....smiles.

Char said...

it's not the processing that makes it a style to me but the themes and composition of your photographs.

you take gorgeous photographs that everyone loves...that is your style. :)

Caroline said...

I think that photography is an extension of our personality. Sometimes I feel dramatic and my photos will be darker and high contrast...other days, I am softer and serene. You can pretty much tell what kind of day I am having based on my photos. And I love that photoshop gives us the ability to express ourselves so creatively!

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I think both of your styles are beautiful. A new fan (:

Dick said...

I like both styles but I understand you want to have your own. Nice blog and great pictures.

Country Girl said...

I think the question is "what do you love"? And then you do whatever it is that you love.

Some days I feel sharp as a tack, while others find me feeling as if I'm in a gaussian blur.

Oliag said...

I do think you have a style of your own...I will often see a photo and know it is yours...

joyknits said...

Love your photos! Perhaps the particular image suggests its own style :o)

margie said...

mary we are all captivated by the flowers of spring. blurry, bokeh, sharp as a tack. too much to take in. i am like you, i love them both.