Same Old Shot

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

Same Old Shot — Different Day

How to Cross The Same Stream Twice

All photographers want to explore fresh new locations. We are challenged by a variety of experience and this leads (we believe) to increased creativity. While I generally share the feeling my experience has been that there is great satisfaction and even greater challenge in exploring the same locale more than once.

Below are two photographs taken fromClingmans DomeinGreat Smoky National Parkduring September of 2000. These were taken at thesame time of day, from theexact same spot,just two weeks apart.

Clingmans Dome Sunset #1. Great Smoky Mountains NP. September, 2000
Photographed with a Hasselblad XPan and 90mm lens on Provia 100F.

A number of things sets these photographs apart from each other. They were taken withdifferent camera systems, withdifferent focal length lensesand most definitely under quitedifferent weatherand atmospheric conditions.

Clingmans Dome Sun. Great Smoky Mountains NP. September, 2000
Photographed with a Rollei 6008 and 300mm Schneider lens on Provia 100F.

Fascinating, isn’t it? 

Brasstown Bald Sunrise #3, Union County, Georgia. September 2000
Photographed with a Hasselblad XPan and 45mm lens on Provia 100F.

Again, the same location (Brasstown Bald, Georgia) taken just a few weeks apart. Besides everything else I guess I’d changed as well.

Moon Over Brasstown, Union County, Georgia. October, 2000
Photographed with a Rollei 6008 Integral and 300mm APO Tele-Tessar on Provia 100F.

What can be learned from this? It seems to me that when faced with the opportunity to do photography from a location that has likely, or (as in this case)provenpotential, one can often produce better work than when in a new and unproven locale. 

Don’t say, like so many photographers do, "Oh ya, I’ve been there, done that." Each day and each time of year is different. Go back. See it again. Shoot it again. Whoyouare may be different as well.

"Photographic seeing (means) an aptitude for discovering beauty in what everybody sees but neglects as too ordinary."

— Susan Sontag

Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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