(John Enman photo)

(John Enman photo)

Making Pictures With Professional Photographer John Enman

Decide on a photography concept

I used concept in my title, however, words like plan, undertaking or idea would have been just as good to make wandering down an empty road more photographically challenging.

Those of us that live in B.C.’s small towns were given the opportunity to have our vaccination for Covid-19. I am sure there are some of my neighbours that are hesitant for personal reasons, but I have never shied away from being vaccinated against disease, and this last week I joined my friend Jo and her husband Shaun at a clinic set up in the village of Chase for our shots.

A used Fuji mirrorless camera came into my shop this past week to sell, and I thought a stroll through the town would give me a good chance to make sure it was in good working order. I could have just taken some shots of the lake and some of the older buildings, but as I walked down the road I decided my course of action would be to document the pandemic’s quiet lockdown that had changed the normally busy spring street.

I know during this past year with it’s travel limitations, many of us have been doing a lot of aimless wandering pointing our cameras at anything that looks even a bit interesting. Nevertheless, making a plan regarding what one wants to say with a photograph slows us down and makes us think before we push the shutter. I’m not saying that we will be shaking the world with uniquely thought provoking images. But some kind of shot plan does force us to think about the image we are about to make.

The famous American landscape photographer Ansel Adams wrote, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

What this quote from Ansel Adams says to me is that we need to think about having a much more active role in creating our photographs, by paying attention to things like composition and lighting.

I think Adams’ might have been advising us that we should be occupied with creating our photographs. I read that “taking a photo” is defined as collecting information about a subject and carrying it away. Whereas Adams suggests understanding lighting, composition and applying other learned techniques should be important to constructing and “making” a photograph.

So my decision was to be a bit more thoughtful with my photos during my short walk to tell a little story about how the pandemic has changed a normally busy lakeside town’s sunny spring street.

I wasn’t in a hurry, and I also wanted to get a feel for the Fuji mirrorless Xt-1 camera I was testing. I prefer my larger DSLR, but I admit that the Fuji is an excellent little camera that I can attest makes beautifully colourful and sharp images that, as reviewer Ken Rockwell says is, “tiny, tight, precise, fast, quiet, easy-to-use and extremely well made out of all metal”, and I do think that when this province and country opens up again this would be the perfect travel camera.

With the exception of big shopping centers like Costco, Superstore and Walmart, much of our cities are unusually quiet and it’s a great time to safely saunter along the streets with our cameras. Make a plan and create something visually different.

Stay safe and be creative. These are my thoughts for this week.

Contact me at www.enmanscamera.com or emcam@telus.net.

Just Posted

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
One death, 60 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The death is connected to the outbreak at Spring Valley long-term care in Kelowna

(LF submitted photo)
Clean up in Little Fort

The community of Little Fort experienced a grand clean-up thanks to a… Continue reading

When a loved one is in need of medical care, no one wants to be on the telephone trying to explain how to find the residence where they are, especially living in a rural area where all driveways look the same. (Barriere First Responders photo)
Is your civic address posted on your property?

If not, how will First Responders find your address if an emergency arises?

Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom, www.pixdesk.ca
Honey bees out and about

Thank you to Mikael Kjellstrom for sharing this amazing photo of an… Continue reading

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Police are at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary but the students have been evacuated. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gardener finds buried explosives, sparking evacuation of Cowichan school

Students removed from school in an ‘abundance of caution’

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen outside a hospital in Jammu, India, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP/Channi Anand)
B.C. donates $500K to Red Cross COVID-19 relief efforts in India

The money will provide oxygen cylinders and ambulances for patients in communities grappling with the virus

Most Read