Occasionally when I go out to photograph I have a specific vision of what I am going to find, what I am going to shoot and how I am going to process the raw files. I see these imagined photos in my mind and I just assume that this scene will be there when I arrive. Sometimes it works and sometimes I get surprised. That's one of the things I love about photography, exploring my creative curiosity.
Ah yes, and this happened again the other day...
My imagined scene: boys playing basketball, the sun is low in the sky creating long deep shadows. I am going to process the images in black and white, super high contrast, almost silhouette. I could have sworn I saw this in reality at some point when passing this playground. And at about the same time too, around sunset. Well, it was not happening, that scene was not there.
Now what? I took some typical photos of players jumping up to dunk the ball, group shots and the playground. All a little ho-hum, but then I had an idea. What if I focus tight on the fence and use my largest F/stop opening to blur the background so the players become abstract colors? So that's what I did and I think I got some interesting results.
I "chimped" the camera to see if I should continue along this line as I can't see depth of field through the view finder. After looking at a shot I thought this might make an interesting series.
Photography inspires me to think and observe creatively. I might try this again, but next time I'll vary the F/stops so I get some images with the background a little more in focus.
Sometimes you are forced to find different ways of seeing. Another reason I love photography.