Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
It was about a year ago that I first saw Joe Penniston's (aka °O°Joe fka Express Monorail) photos. He had just started posting on the WDWMagic Picture of the Day Thread (if I reference this a lot, it's only because this is really where I first took an interest in photography). At the time, I had just purchased my Nikon D40, my first camera with manual settings, let alone my first DSLR. I was a bit concerned about the choice, because in my subsequent “research” I found many individuals on online-forums bashing the camera. When I saw his images, and that they were taken with a D40, I was quite relieved (he probably saved me the expensive cost of an immediate-upgrade! Lesson: never trust online forums).
His shots were, and obviously continue to be, stunning. I made notes from the EXIF data of many of his shots, and thought about composition based on what I saw in his shots. One image of his, of the Torii Gate in EPCOT's World Showcase, really stood out. In the comments to the image, I noticed Jeff_B praised the off-center composition (although I knew little about photography, I knew if Jeff liked it, it must be good!) and decided I wanted to get the image, but with my own twist. The only twist I could really add was taking the exact same shot at night, so I did that with this image.
At two other points during the day, I took pictures of the Torii Gate (I guess I became fixated on it thanks to that shot!). I already posted one of those (it's now “gone” thanks to Flickr's 200 image limit on free accounts), but I had overlooked this one—the one that bears the most striking resemblence to Joe's original idea—because I accidentally shot it in JPG mode. This weekend, I saw it, and thought maybe it could benefit from some “Kelby 7 Point” techniques. This is already a long caption, so I will draw it to a close now. In this rambling, the basic point is, thanks Joe, for being one of the many individuals who has inspired me to think creatively (although this shot doesn't demonstrate that given it's basically just a rip-off) about photography and improve my skills—and for saving me hundreds on a new camera!
Thanks for visiting - Have a happy & safe 4th of July Holiday. See you on the 6th!