Thursday, July 16, 2009

Busy bee gets the honey

I've been super busy these last several days. I hardly touch the computer to check email and such, so updating this blog has taken back burner status.

I think every photographer has stages of comfort-zones in the subject matter that resides in front of him/her. Let me explain that in non-garbled English.

What I mean to say is that most photographers are comfortable with certain subject matter, but are less confident when shooting something else.

Like me. I'm actually quite scared of portrait photography. I mean, I'm fairly comfortable with creating candid wedding storybook style photographs, but sometimes I will stutter and second guess myself when I take pictures of people in general. I know, it doesn't make any sense to me either.

I also used to think my landscape photographs are poor, and thus, it frightens me when I'm challenged with an expanse of empty space.

And then I'm slowly realizing that a lot of the time, it's because I haven't had any great lighting to work with, nor really interesting landscape to take pictures of.

I guess the trip in Calgary changed all that. I'm getting (sorry to brag about myself) some fantastic shots!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

dare to stare

Sometimes, people who aren't into photography doesn't understand why we as photographers take forever to travel from point A to point B.

The reason for me at least, is that I have to stop every 10 - 20 seconds because I see a scene that I must capture, and I don't care who has to wait for me.

Thing is, when traveling in a group, it is not practical to ask the driver to slam on his/her brakes to pull aside so I can snap a couple of shots. I mean, it's possible, just not very considerate.

So a lot of the times, I ended up shooting while the car is traveling at a decent rate of speed.

Well, it turns out I still got some great shots.

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