Spring and summer are my favorite times for taking photos. I love it when the earth begins to breathe again after a winter’s nap, I love it when the flowers begin to bloom in our garden, I love it when we can get outdoors and do more things. At least I love these things until about mid-August.
You see, that’s when the garden begins to dry up, the flowers lose their luster; it’s too hot and humid to want to be outdoors very much. And it’s also the time of year my camera becomes very unhappy.
But this year, my friend Susan Licht came to my rescue. She suggested a #weekofdiptychs photo adventure. This was just what the doctor ordered for my camera and me! I joined in with great gusto, turning out at least one diptych a day.
It was a great exercise in learning to see and think differently about my photography. My natural inclination is to shoot in landscape but when I began my diptychs, I wanted to shoot in portrait so I could do side-by-side diptychs. But as my diptych skills improved, I realized I was limiting myself. There are many different ways to make diptychs and many different things to communicate with diptychs.
A diptych can be used to remember an ordinary day’s outing that turned into a wee adventure when a storm blew up and you had no umbrella.
Diptychs might tell about common colors or shapes and they don’t always need to be symmetrical.
One of the fun things I found to do with diptychs is a detail photo next to a wider photo.
And diptychs don’t always need to be side-by-side.
I created my diptychs in the Lightroom print module. I already had a template or two and I created more as I processed these photos. You can also create your own diptychs templates in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop. Another resource for diptych templates as well as storyboard templates, etc., is Coffee Shop Blog.
Now, here comes the fun part! Susan is “hosting” another diptych get-together for autumn, the week of October 17. It’s already on my calendar and I hope you’ll put it on yours. The hashtag is the same, #weekofdiptychs and you can share in any or all of these places, Facebook, Instagram or Flickr. Just be sure to use the hashtag.
I can’t wait to see what beautiful diptychs you create and share with us. It’s going to be fun!