I haven’t been very happy with my photography lately; my pictures have become boring. I keep taking photos of the same things (e.g. food) over and over and haven’t been able to find much inspiration of late. I came across Tom Bourdon’s helpful article, which provides a number of suggestions to get inspired (via Tiffinbox).
Fortunately for me, the de Young Fine Arts Museum in Golden Gate Park currently has the Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D’Orsay exhibit on display until September. When we were in Paris last October, we didn’t have a chance to visit the Musee D’Orsay, so I was glad for the opportunity to see its artwork here in SF. We bought tickets to the de Young exhibit at Costco at a discount ($18/person) with the audio tour included for free.
There are obvious similarities between art and photography: perspective, composition, contrast, lighting, etc. To see how the impressionists used these elements to create their artwork was very enlightening. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos of the artwork, but the de Young museum, inside and outside, was a great location for taking pictures.