Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Breaking Rules

I have found, with both photography and creativity in general, it is not in following the rules, but knowing what they are and breaking them.

1. One does not shoot photos into the sun.

2. Lens-flare is bad.

3. There are rules to proper composition.

4. Photographing the perfect flower is preferable to photographing one less than perfect.

5. Realistic color is best.

And every one of those would have yielded a lesser picture. In fact, I was shooting in an atmosphere so humid, I had to keep wiping the haze off the lens with my shirt.
I broke every rule I could think of on this shot.
And I love it! Because it captures the true feel of the moment. I think we are in an age of creativity without bounds; only our own, self imposed rules that perhaps should not be there.

Now go find something creative that you have been taught is *always right* and break a few rules.
You have my permission!


7/21   P.S. My computer puked on me this morning....I was able to post comments, but Google and Blogger tag-teamed me and I was at a loss for what happened. I apologize for a *group* reply. Everything froze, things in my Windows program changed, I could not exit anything, could not access Blogger.....you name it. Had to go back in and restart from scratch, and luckily my blog is still here!
I had moments of doubt....thanks for bearing with me. Grazie!


Anonymous said...

Breath-takingly Beautiful Anne....

studio lolo said...

I'm a bit of a non-conformist myself! I was actually voted class rebel in the ninth grade ;)
I have always gone to the beat of my own drummer and I make no apologies as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.

That said...I love this shot too!!

Rules schmules!


yoborobo said...

Woweee zoweeee (that is my highest form of flattery - lol)!! I love this pic. The moisture in this photo is palatable. You're good. :)
I am loving that lolo was voted class rebel in the 9th grade! lol! That is the best. xox! Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Marilyn!
I love this one...took several that evening, but this was my fave!


Karen S said...

Cool shot -- really captures the whole dripping hot summer thing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yay Lolo!!!!

Yes, my nonconforming ways seem to deal with hair, clothing and art and music. I am not sure there is anything else in life worth the effort! LOL!!!
You go class rebel!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Dearest Pam,

I thank you for the award of highest flattery.
I accept.
With humility!
Because I have a lot!
As I have never used any!!!! LOL!!!
yes, class rebel...that's pretty cool.... ;)


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey KAren,

I had not even looked at it that way, but YES! It does capture this summer in one single shot....
other than me running to the cellar repeatedly! LOL!!!


Silke said...

Gorgeous, Anne! Actually, it make me linger and look at it in detail, which often a "perfect" flower picture doesn't as everything is so obvious. This looks mysterious and somehow mystical. Happy Tuesday! Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

That was what I liked Silke...when expanded to a larger size...there is so much to look at.
It is one I would consider printing...and I seldom do that!


Ces said...

I love rules! Rules rule! I am the Rules Queen. I write rules. Really, I do write rules. I am a professional rule writer and they pay me good money to write rules. I am a clinical analyst, but my rules save lives, for example, some doctor will prescribe Potassium for a patient with a K level of 5.2 and my rule will say "Hey Dr. Dude! Watch it? You wanna make this patient be in rigor mortis in a couple of hours? Go ahead!" Well, not really in those words but I do alert them for adverse drug events, patient safety and proper dosing. That is the logical person in me. So I naturally love rules - but art is not logical. The only rule in art is "CREATE!" Ooops, that's a verb...about verb, here's one "Go to work!" Ooops that a sentence, okay just - WORK!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

My Dear Ces...

YOUR RULES should never be broken!!! :D
ALL OF THEM.......
And yes, creativity needs a softer grip on people. So that they can create.
Doing some research..... :)
I don't get paing to do that! LOL!!!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

What did I just write????
"I don't get paid to do that!"
That is what it should have said.
I give up.
No more typing today......

*sniff, blubber*

audrey said...

It is a good thing you put the word "creative" in front of your sentence telling us to go break some rules. You might have felt a little guilty when we all commented on the "bad" things we did today because "Anne told us to". HAhahahah
This photo is sultry, Anne. I can feel the heat and humidity by looking at it. There is something almost sexual about it. A great shot!!
♥ audrey

yoborobo said...

Anne! LOL! I meant "palpable", although I suppose you could eat it - lol!! Not enough coffee, too little sleep = brain fog. xox!

Robin said...

From one "rule-breaker" to another.... a magical photo! Well done!


♥ Robin ♥

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

hey Audrey,

I give you permission to break any rule you want! LOL!!! :D
Of course, if you are arrested, saying I let you do it is not going to cut it.
Just sayin'.....
Yes, the pic has an odd appeal even to me--there are so many things going on. I would like to enlarge and then just crop sections and see how it stands that way---as abstract.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Pam...I read what you *meant*---I am still reeling from migraine drugs, so, go figure!
Do they make me smarter?
(I think not...)

Anne, tigerlily for brekkie!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Robin,

It was luck....just luck. I shoot with wild abandon! (and occasionally get something delightful...)


Deborah said...

**gasps** Fantastical!!! Oh how I LoVe ♥♥♥ And I love my little rule breaker and the rule maker. I am breaking rules on my blogs today too. Sad to end the beer truck party, although I think I will host a cantina party and have all of you send me photos, original or lifted, of what you will bring to the party... **kisskiss** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Deb....

You never know just *what* we might bring.... LOL!!!
Still have the migraine. I think it is time for the big guns again today.
I'll sleep all afternoon again.

The rule breaker...

Bunny said...

Thanks for sending me a migrane too lol. Love the photo you sure have an eye for beauty.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Believe me Bunny...I have more than enough to SHARE!
Oy.....off to the couch.
Before my head explodes and messes up my monitor.


Quilt Rat said...

I guess that is why I don't mind being "self taught"
I don't know what the rules are,so I have no limits or boundaries.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Absolutely, and me too!
Sometimes I think the less you know, the MORE you know....
Not having to unlearn a bunch of things and then find your own voice.
Works for me! :)


Jan said...

I like the "no rules" way of life. At least to a certain extent. Rules are good when it comes to traffic. But photography? It is good to know the rules so one can feel free to break them. Artists are good at that.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I agree Jan! There are places for rule, but in the area of creativity, a no-rules approach lets you learn what works and what doesn't and also lets happy accidents come along.
I think there is merit in stepping outside the box and seeing what is possible! :)


Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think, if the so-called 'rules' were never broken, we wouldn't have a fraction of the great art we see. Excellent breakage Anne!
ooh - word verification is 'living' (how apropos).

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi M.A.

I agree...when you look at all the great art movements, they started by someone fearlessly breaking rules.
And in societies much stricter than ours.
Kudos to them!
We are all in good company!


*Ulrike* said...

Wow Anne! What a gorgeous shot!!!! It's like ice crystals on the flower, but its summertime!!
Take Care,

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You are one creative genius ...if i could remember all the rules most of the time...:O)! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Sandy said...

You broke the rules and it worked! I love it. I have some photos where lens flares were so evident and it made it so much better.

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Thanks for the permission..I'll be breaking some rules now ;)
I received the card too :) thank you very much. I blogged about it yesterday

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Your photo is fabulous btw...I forgot to say.

Kiki said...

Your photo is magnificent and awe-inspiring! My kind of energy and vibe..beautiful! I have rule breaker since birth..I didnt know what rules were..yet it kept being brought to my attention..! I feel creatively..those who create from the realm of the mind..express in a linear way..have boundaries and boxes and rules to follow...and those who create from the heart and spirit are boundless, open and free ..and are able to transcend all the boxes..and it is a natural state of awareness to play in! Your post further ingites in me..that I also love being a self-taught artist..is there any other way to be?
Wonderful post!

Anonymous said...

My kind of fun. See my lobster on my post today, Wednesday. I lost all my blog list and have had to do them over. Thank goodness I got you back.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi All!
I am sorry this is a group reply---I had computer issues this morning---could get posts up but then everything froze and I had to shut down, cuss, jump up and down, threaten it and finally it came back semi- normal.
I will see if I can do a post for tomorrow......hahahaha! In your dreams Anne!
Thank yu for the thoughts....
I am glad I am a rule breaker in art!


Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Anne,
Ah-breaking rules is not normally what I'm good at however I do understand and totally see where you're coming from!
Your photo is just gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, now I'm off to try and break some rules and I'll remember you! lol

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Just jump out there Anna!
(you have permission...remember???)
Actually, some of my best pieces have been when I have totally immersed myself in the work and forgot the rules.
Don't be afraid... :D


Bella Sinclair said...

I love the color in this shot. It's a hot tamale, just like you!

48IQ BAHAHAHAHA! That was too funny. Actually, I would like to become a paramecium. Life would be so much simpler.

And no no no no no no no. You would never be vanquished from my humble abode. Slayers of Vold have a lifetime special access pass.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh yes Bella.
Each year that paramecium is looking better and better....which is perhaps a bad commentary on my thoughts of aging! LOL!!!!
As long as I have the Secret Pass to you Kingdon, then I will stagger in drooling with my walnut I.Q.
Ah-hahahahahahaha!!!!! :D


Susie Jefferson said...

Simply gorgeous! All about New Oreleans, bayous, hot humid nights, lazy jazz on a Sunday...

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I had not thought of NOLA with this, but yes...it certainly does capture that!
However, we have suffered the same here....without the good food, culture and jazz....Hmmmmph!


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