To all one of my followers. I apologize for being out of commission for so long. When my computer went down we got a bit backed up on ‘work’ photos and didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to go through my own personal work. But, I am back and happy to be posting again!!
I went back into the archives for this one. Well, for me being so new to photography, back in the archives means the fall of 2009. This is a portrait I took of my beautiful wife. In fact, I think it is the first portrait shoot I ever did. This shot stood out to me because of the composition. I really love the eye and how it is framed by the branch of this dead tree. The only problem I had with the shot, and it is ultimately why I never used it for anything until now, is that the color was really flat. It was just kind of a dull picture.
About two weeks ago I attended a Peachpit webinar by John Batdorff in which he was, one promoting his new book: Black and White: from Snapshots to Great Shots, and two was giving us very helpful tips on creating compelling black and white photos. His challenge to us was to go back into our archives and find a shot that we may have passed over for some reason and try it in black and white.
This worked perfect for this shot! The contrast really gave it depth in my opinion. I feel like I kind of feel like I learned a lesson too. Everything and everybody needs a second chance. Sometimes the first go around you will not shine for whatever reason. But if put in the right context in the right situation, you could be a winner!
It never fails that we find ourselves, at some point in our life, over shadowed by something much larger than us and we wonder, ‘how could I ever be noticed?’
This image reminded me of those times. This budding tree was over shadowed by this towering DTC Denver office building, and yet, I found myself drawn to it. The thin, chaotic lines of the branches contrasting against the bold, ordered lines of the office building. It reminded me that you don’t have to be bigger or better than everyone else in this world, you just have to be yourself and celebrate those differences that make you unique.
Take photography for instance, there are LOTS of good photographers out there trying to get noticed. So why do some get noticed while others do not? While, yes, marketing has some to do with it, the main reason is style. So many people try to copy someone else’s style because they see that they get a lot of attention and business – but end up asking the question, ‘why can’t I be successful like them?’
Because you didn’t embrace YOUR style!
You have to find your own style in order to really shine. You can’t put your emotion and feelings into someone else’s work, but when you share your own emotions through your own style people will be drawn to you!
This is part of the journey I find myself on and one of the reasons for this blog. I want to channel my feelings and emotions into my ‘style’ and find out how it touches you. So, please, feel free to leave your feed back, bad and good. It’s the only way I can grow as and artist.
Hello Blogging world!!
This is my first post, and as such I thought it would be a good idea to have my first picture be a self-portrait and to let you know why I am doing this and what you should expect from this blog.
As a native Coloradoan I have been blessed with being able to view one of God’s most beautiful canvases each and every day. That being said, in this fast paced world we now live in that beauty often passes by unnoticed and unappreciated. Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life we forget to stop and take a wider and more appreciative view of all that is around us. I am no exception to this. A few years ago I began to develop a passion for photography. I found that capturing that one fleeting moment in time allowed me to return to it and contemplate all that God had packed into it. I realized there was much I was missing, or just not seeing what was to be appreciated right in front of me. I was in need of a paradigm shift – a shift in the way I was viewing the world – and photography is that way.
Here at ParadigmLens my hope is that, through my photography, you too can experience a paradigm shift and see every day moments, people, places, events in a whole new light.
So take some time, look around and share with us what these photographs might be saying to you.