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14 Dec 2020 10:18 #7559 by Bear
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Projected − Forgotten Objects
An image showing an object (or objects) that have been either discarded, forgotten or abandoned. Use photographic techniques to tell the story.

This topic immediately created some conflict with me. How do I differentiate between Forgotten and Abandoned? Or Do I have to question the difference? Can it really be both? So, I will leave that question with you. My point is this, your image might be more powerful and storytelling if it conveys the “Forgotten” narrative if that is what the image conveys to the viewer.

Do you often notice old, forgotten subjects like abandoned houses, broken benches or old vehicles or something just lying on a bench or floor? Objects that appear old, broken, alone or left behind that make great subjects for your photography. Not only are they full of visual interest, but they evoke emotions, memories and a great sense of mystery.
How the subject is captured, composition, perspective, colour, texture etc., will give the image interest and convey the feeling or story of “Forgotten”.

People often consider things that are old or broken to be without value. But forgotten and abandoned objects are begging for photographic attention because they evoke memories and mystery. Every old abandoned subject has a story to tell and your image should try and convey that story.
Forgotten objects have the power to depict a specific place and time. This is why they’re often the subject of documentary photography, which chronicles significant and historical events as well as everyday life.
You may be walking right by great photo opportunities each day. But you don’t have to go out of your way to seek out hidden objects or find abandoned buildings. Forgotten subjects are often left in plain view.
Train your eye to notice these subjects by exploring new places and perspectives. Once you start looking, you’ll soon begin to notice interesting old and abandoned subjects all around you.
Once you find a forgotten object, remember to make the most of light and composition to capture the details and show context to create an evocative photographic story.
And don’t forget the importance of editing your images to enhance the subject’s details and create a certain mood in your photos.
The first step to photographing forgotten subjects is to start noticing them within your surroundings. So, begin by looking at a few ways to make sure you don’t overlook these great photography subjects.
Instead of focusing on the objects themselves, train your eye to search for specific qualities. Forgotten and abandoned objects are typically old, broken and alone.
If you have difficulty noticing these things, create a personal photo challenge around it. For a week, photograph everything that appears old, broken or solitary.
Once you start looking more closely, you’ll soon find yourself noticing forgotten subjects everywhere around you.
It also helps to travel to new localities so you can see your environment and the objects in it with new eyes.
You may not notice forgotten objects where you live, around the places you pass every day. But when you visit a new city or venue, your eyes will be open to seeing everything for the first time.
Another tip is to get off the beaten path. You’ll often find abandoned buildings and great photo opportunities in isolated areas with little foot traffic.
NOTE: As a note of caution, be careful if you’re planning to photograph inside an abandoned building. Trespassing is illegal and abandoned buildings are dangerous and structurally unsafe to enter.
However, you don’t need to find abandoned buildings to take photos of forgotten objects. You may not need to look any further than in and around your own home.

Another way to notice forgotten objects is to change your viewpoint. Typically, while you’re walking along a street, you’re facing forward and looking at things that are in front of you at eye level.
To notice forgotten objects, try looking down at the ground. When you look down, you’ll often see something that someone has dropped and left behind.
You’ll also notice that nature produces unnoticed and quickly forgotten objects, like a pile of unswept leaves or fallen pine cones.
Remember to look underneath or inside of things too.
Now that you know how to notice forgotten subjects, let’s explore some techniques for photographing them to bring out their mystery and meaning.
There’s often an angle or focal point that’s best when shooting a subject that will bring out its character, for example, a sense of decay, emptiness or neglect.
To determine the best angle, walk around it if possible. Get closer. Consider what you want the viewer to see, then position yourself so that you place emphasis on the most important aspect of the scene.
Shooting wide in horizontal orientation can make the scene appear emptier and foreboding.
The type of light you shoot in can make a big difference to how the photo turns out. So how can you utilize lighting to enhance the qualities of a forgotten or abandoned object?
Remember that the light during different times of the day creates different moods.
Midday lighting casts strong shadows. It’s rather harsh and usually not ideal for most photos, but it can help to capture the grittiness of the subject.
Side lighting is great for capturing the texture and detail of your subject. To use side lighting, make sure the sun or your light source is coming from the side of the object
This kind of lighting also works well for enhancing architectural lines on buildings because of the shadows that it creates.
If you’re shooting vintage items indoors, use soft window light to create a calming atmosphere that will add to the nostalgia of the scene.
If possible, photograph a wide shot to show the object in the context of its surroundings. This gives your photo a story and a sense of place and time.
There’s often an interesting position you can see between the forgotten object and its environment.
It’s the details like peeling paint, cracks or accumulated debris that make an object appear forgotten or discarded.
Get up close if necessary, to capture the small details and textures that indicate the subject has been abandoned or forgotten.
Use negative space to emphasize a solitary mood. Negative space is the space around the subject that’s largely devoid of any subject matter, such as a blank wall or a large expanse of sky.
Negative space works really well for creating mood and atmosphere in photos. It can also make objects appear smaller, more delicate and fragile.
This is why adding negative space to your photos of forgotten objects helps to emphasize their old, alone and broken qualities.
Photo editing can help to highlight the story of the object and intensify the gritty details.
Black and white editing helps to simplify busy scenes and isolate the subject when the background is distracting. It’s also great for storytelling and highlighting emotion.

Grunge is another great editing option for old and abandoned subjects. Grunge effects are gritty and grainy textures.
Forgotten objects are typically old and broken, and grunge is great at bringing out these qualities.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it’s all about creating an image that has colour and detail throughout both the highlights (bright areas) and the shadows (dark areas).
HDR tends to make a photo more dramatic. It brings out the details and allows you to see the grit, cracks and lines in forgotten subjects.
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30 Sep 2021 22:15 - 30 Sep 2021 22:16 #8129 by JohnF
Projected − Forgotten Objects
Judged by Chris Saunders
Landscape and Aerial Abstract Photographer www.645imaging.com

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02 Oct 2021 11:49 #8136 by JillH
I think you will find that some of the awards are incorrect ie - #19 awarded 80 - s/be silver not bronze, also #21 scored 81 s/be silver not bronze, and #24 scored 80 s/be silver not bronze :)
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