Alright guys, I know July 4th was weeks ago, but I’m a little slow and still wanted to share my first experience shooting fireworks!
My wife and I were up in Loveland visiting my family for the 4th as it is also my dad’s birthday. I grew up in Loveland so I have seen many of their firework shows and I must say, the city puts on a very good show every year. They shoot them off over Lake Loveland in the middle of town adding to the ambiance. I wanted to see if I could find a location that highlighted both the fireworks and the lake and determined that the southeast corner of the lake would provide what I was looking for.
Unfortunately, like I have said in the past, I am a bit of a lazy photographer (something I am working on) and I did not get down to the lake soon enough to travel around and find the perfect spot. So I stayed on the north side in the park.
The challenge I had here was that there was no view of the lake, my foreground was a parking lot and we were right under a street lamp! I wasn’t happy about the shooting location but I was with my family, so I can make that justification. I ended up framing just the sky and focused on the fireworks themselves. Turns out, this was a pretty good location as the breeze was blowing in a southeast direction which would have blown all the smoke in my direction had I positioned myself where I originally wanted.
This was a new experience for me and I really would have had no idea how to shoot them (and probably would have shot them completely wrong) were it not for some great articles by: NYIP and a few others which I can’t find at the moment to give proper credit. I will keep looking and updated this post when I am able to give the credit deserved.
Turns out you have a lot of leeway when shooting. These are just a couple of my favorite shots. Visit my flickr page for a few more shots that were keepers!
Okay, so I don’t really need to make a case for photography. It kind of already found its place. This is more about me making the case to myself. I happen to be one of those lazy photographers. The ones who only pull out their camera when they feel it is absolutely necessary. Like at a party, or wedding or some other special event. I tend to let so many other opportunities pass me by simply because I am too lazy to pull out my camera.
That is my loss! I have seen too many sunrise, sunsets, rainstorms and other gleaning moments just pass me by. THESE are the moments that award-winning photos are founded on! These are the moments that photography is for. To capture those moments we want to share with the rest of the world.
I am making it my mission to take more pictures of moments like this. I have a feeling it’s not going to just be a flip of the switch change, but with a little dedication I think I can get better. And that only means my photography can get better too.
This shot of my wife happened as a very spontaneous shoot. We were just coming home from being out and a bout. the “golden Hour” was providing that perfect lighting and I wanted to capture a few shots while it was there. We had many things to do now that we were home, but when I pulled in the driveway I told here to wait there for just a minute. I ran inside to grab the camera (Yeah, taking your camera with you also helps capture those fleeting moments), came right back out and fired off some shots of her in front of our garage. It took only about 10-15 minutes but I got some of my favorite shots of her! I could have easily let this moment pass me by, but I took advantage. Score one for photography!
What is it that you are letting pass you by? Is it a conversation with a friend or relative? Is it a trip to the museum with your wife? Is it an afternoon drive through the mountains? These are all moments that would stick with us. Don’t let them pass you by because you are like me, too lazy and feel like the next thing will be better. There may not be a next thing!
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!