Playground Abstracts

As these playground abstracts demonstrate, we can often see things around us a bit differently than some of our associates.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 14 mm, efov 37.8 mm, f/5, 1/800, ISO-160

When we first look at playground equipment we often focus on children playing. The absence of human use enables us to better see various angles and details of the equipment. This can lead to compositions of playground abstracts.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 26 mm, efov 70.2 mm, f/5.3, 1/320, ISO-160

When experimenting with subject matter I’ll often begin with some compositions that focus on vantage points a bit out of the ordinary.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5, 1/1250, ISO-160

Having a flip screen on a camera helps to capture images from different angles.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 41 mm, efov 110.7 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

Using longer focal lengths can help visually compress elements in a composition, as we can see with the images above and below.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 48 mm, efov 129.6 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

Once I begin to make a reasonable connection with subject matter, I often find that details, shapes and angles attract my eye.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 29 mm, efov 78.3 mm, f/5.6 1/200, ISO-160

Repeating patterns often make interesting abstract interpretations of subjects.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 37 mm, efov 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

I always find that using a zoom lens with a good range of focal lengths, like the 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6, gives me the flexibility that I need for these types of images.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 78 mm, efov 210.6 mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

Sometimes patterns, shapes and directional lines can combine into playground abstracts.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 56 mm, efov 151.2 mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160

Individual moldings and colours often catch my attention.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 41 mm, efov 110.7 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

When removed visually from other elements in the playground setting, these abstracts can cause viewers to wonder about the nature of the subject matter.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 100 mm, efov 270 mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-160

Often the graphic design found on equipment can make for interesting playground abstracts.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 100 mm, efov 270 mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-160

These images were captured a few years ago during a quick 15 minute stop. The final two photographs in this article were my favourites.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 27 mm, efov 72.9 mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 34 mm, efov 91.8 mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-160

Technical Note

Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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4 thoughts on “Playground Abstracts”

    1. Thanks for your comment Jenkole!

      It’s really not a game. I regularly challenge myself to look at subjects in as many ways as possible so I can reduce the risk of me falling into ‘habitual photography’.

      Tom

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