For fun, I joined a group on Facebook that does a photography challenge every day. You don't necessarily have to 'take' that photo on the day of the, but some of the challenges they've had, well they've been – challenging, and loads of fun.
Today's challenge: The Alphabet, a Letter. I have plenty of images with text, but a single letter was a little harder for me to locate.
It seemed like one photography challenge after another, while on our only day photography excursion at the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon.
It started with the Weather.
Menopausal Mother Nature decided to give us a little bit of everything that day - starting with snow. Her hot flash spells continued throughout most of the day. We had snow, sun, rain, sun, snow, sun, rain, sun, thunderstorm, sleet, sun, rain and then it all cleared up for sunset. It was a hot flash and then cold kind of day.
Ideal lighting was the few minutes we had in between the harsh and the flat. Like I said, here one minute, gone the next. But, as a photographer, you work with what you have sometimes.
Then Tony's camera battery decided to use up half of it's juice, and we still had sunset shots to do, so it was off to the small town of Mitchell for pie and electricity. This ended up to be a good way to ride out the latest rain storm and recharge our batteries (and our stomachs.)
We returned to the Painted Hills an hour and half before sunset. The storms had passed and the weather had simmered into a lovely evening allowing the light to be more ideal and cooperative. Photographers lined up, surrounding the hills, all waiting for those final moments of light and clarity.
Lighting is one of the biggest challenges we face as photographers. When it's just perfect we blame it on the light, and when it's not cooperating we blame it on the light.
When a photographer only has a moment of time, we work with what we are given, and with some patience (and sometimes a little experience) we can always capture an image that usually exceeds our expectations.
All in all, that day in the Painted Hills turned out to be great fun, a wonderful experience, and we were lucky to get some pretty darn good images to top it off.
It is events like this that brings the photographer in all of us out.
It is the beginning of a new year. At the beginning of each year, I spend time getting Lightroom ready for the new year's images. I categorize my images by the year, then within the year, by the subject. For the new year, I add a new folder for that year and update my copyright information to reflect the new year.
This year, I am also going through the Lightroom library and deleting images that are no longer needed and reorganizing my keywords. Sometimes, when I first download images, I just use a general set of keywords and they may not be specific to that image. As my library grows, so does the inability to find images if I don't categorize them correctly now.
It is a new year and a good time to do a little Lightroom Housekeeping.
Our Town - Anacortes. This was a 2 day workshop for local photographers. Instructor, Vince Streano had each student pick an assignment to go out and photograph, life in Anacortes. This video is a preview of the talents from our students and our instructor.
I admit it - I like to photograph people. But, I am a secret photographer, shy, unassuming, don't-want-the-subject-to-know, type of photographer.
During the Anacortes Arts Festival the Bellingham Circus Guild performed. What a great photographic opportunity with stunning backdrops. A photographer's dream come true. The expressions, the movement, the grace and beauty. I filled up a card with over 200 shots of this alone.
I am not a poser, in other words, I don't like to pose people. I like candid photos when people are not paying attention to the photographer. It is that realistic capture of real life that fascinates me. Expressions, movement, lost in thought, raw emotions - the capture of a subject as they truly are in that moment.
Each year in July, Anacortes holds Shipwreck Days. Downtown turns into blocks and blocks of unusual oddities for sale. A photographers dream. I spent the day with a friend and she found it fascinating watching me photograph odd items. I told her that it took me awhile but I eventually found my 'creative' eye.
I enjoy photographing subjects like these, mainly because it gives me the opportunity to venture outside my box and utilize my creative spirit more. I think all artists should venture outside their norm, it can only enhance your work.
Sometimes it takes a whole family to make a shot.
In this photo, Tony Locke and our son, Chris, are setting up for a long exposure of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. While, I (the mom) watch on and take photos of them (while they're not looking).
"10-stop ND's not enough, let's add another 3-stop ND on top."
"We've done 3 minutes, then 6 minutes. Histogram looks good, with lots of room 'to the right'. Now it's time to do an 8 minute shot."
"No, wait. I can't see the screen in this sunshine."
The final shot - An 8 minute exposure stacked & blended with 6 & 3 minute exposures for the clouds in motion effect. Then a "standard" exposure for the building, foreground and flag added on top.
Just our view on photography and all things related. And alternative focus on workshops and learning.