Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – June 2017

A bit late this month with the top 5 photos from Stocksy. I guess it’s better late than never, and this section usually gets the most attention on my blog so here is my top 5 for the month of June 2017 on Stocksy:

Clouds above hills in autumn

Stocksy clouds flying above hills in autumn
Clouds above hills in autumn

Abstract colorful space background

Stocksy abstract background
Abstract colorful space background

Dark waterfall

Stocksy nature image dark waterfall
Dark waterfall

Ethereal landscape with horses

Stocksy nature photo green landscape with horses
Ethereal landscape with horses

Mysterious haunted forest at night with dark man silhouette

Stocksy nature photo man in mysterious Halloween forest with fog at night
Mysterious haunted forest at night with dark man silhouette

 

Moon over tree

moon_over_tree_minimal_landscape
Minimal landscape with moon up in the blue sky above tree

There is the theory of creative limitation saying that limiting yourself to a single mean of expression or technique – one instrument or style of playing in music, one technique of painting or one lens or technique in photography – can make you more creative and make you see things differently.  I have to be honest and say that I didn’t believe this to actually work, but  a couple of months ago I decided to try and use focal lenses that I don’t use so often. For me it means using tele lenses more and searching for scenes I usually ignore. I think this affected the way I see a frame and compose a shot, the way I search for subjects and points of interest in images. I’m pretty content with the results so I’m going to try and experiment further with different mindsets.

The photo that I chose to illustrate this article was taken with a 70-300 mm lens at 70mm. On one side the sun was setting and on the opposite side the moon was just rising above a tree. The terrain didn’t allow me to change my position too much and if I would have chosen a wider lens the moon would have only been a small dot in the frame. So I shot it just above a nearby tree with green branches and thought that less of the tree would make for a simple minimal and modern aesthetic.