How shooting the exact same composition can give you many different photos
Most of us have our favorite location for taking photos, a place that inspires us more than the others. But have you ever photographed the same place, from the exact same spot, a few days in a row? In this interesting video, Norwegian photographer Oddbjørn Austevik has done just that. And the result shows you that you can get six different photos even if you photograph the exact same composition day after day.
For this experiment, Oddbjørn chose a location by the sea, where he captured rocks, waves, and the sunset. He visited the same place six days in a row, photographing exactly the same composition every time. He jammed the tripod legs into cracks in the rocks to make it stable in the wind. Also, I believe these cracks helped him determine where exactly to place the tripod, so the composition was the same as previous times.
From day to day, the weather conditions were changing, leaving Oddbjørn with different photos: from gloomy, blueish tones to golden, warm sunsets. Other than weather conditions, he also changed camera settings. Some days he’d shoot with slow shutter speed and an ND filter, creating soft and silky water. On the other days, he’d use a faster shutter speed and make the water look more realistic. All this combined gave him six photos that are very different, despite having the same composition.
This is an interesting and pretty inspiring exercise. We’ve seen photos of the exact same location shot in different seasons, which is also a great project. But Oddbjørn’s experiment shows us how versatile you can get with your photos even if you shoot the exact same location day after day.
In my opinion, this exercise doesn’t just show us how much we can get from the exact same location in a short time span. It also reminds us to cherish and enjoy the nature in all its “moods,” because it can always be beautiful and photogenic.
Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.