Sails to the Wind

For the “How to Become a Better Photographer” assignment, I took advantage of the tips that were on the class’s sight of the TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear. I used mainly the “contrast tip” as well as the “look into the light” to capture the look of my photograph.

sail boat trial

I thought about this picture because awhile back my dad bought his first sailboat and the first time I went out on it I was astonished by how tall these boats were. I then tried to take a picture of the entire boat which ended with a picture of the mast because it was near impossible to get the whole entire boat, so I was inspired by a previous picture I had taken.

I live next to a marina so getting the picture wasn’t too difficult. I did however have to try a couple different angles and a couple different boats to get the product I liked. I was trying to be careful to not just take the first picture I liked and use it, which I typically do. So I had to take a couple more pictures than I normally do but I believe the outcome was what I wanted and what I envisioned.


The thinness of the boat’s lines and mast in comparison to the vastness of the sky behind it shows how something so thin can control a vessel so large and control powerful sails. A sail boat, when the sails are completely deployed, looks like a completely object than shown in the picture which represents a contrast, not just in the photo itself, but also in the object itself. The light clouds and sun in the back also may represent how the elements are very vital to sailing and since the sky is the majority of the picture, it represents how dominate the weather and sky is to the boat, that when you look at it is very large, but compared to the sky, its very minute.

The video that I watched, “What is Visual Literacy”, helped me tremendously look at pictures and any images in a different way than I had before. The tips listed also helped me think of what photograph I could take to encompass more than one of the tips. The material given was very helpful in fulfilling this assignment and helping me understand my own work better.

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