Simply felt like a scene out of the movies. I’m in a big, overgrown field (alone), photographing the landscape and out of nowehere the massive lightning storm erupts before me. And just like in the movies, I’m telling myself “I gotta shoot this. Just 5 more minutes.” Have I not watched enought TV and movies to know better!!!
It’s that time of year and I got to be a part of Shenandoah Univeristy’s version of it. Always a pleasure.
Happy January 109th!
I don’t get to shoot for myself much anymore so I have to grab any opportunity to get creative. I’ve always wanted to shoot “Old Jake” so after a recent flight for a client, I did just that. The original “Old Jake” weathervane is on display at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA.
There’s lots of competition these days and I encourage any and all newcomers, but keep this in mind → it doesn’t take a high-end camera, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got the latest “this” or spared no expense on “that” – it takes “the eye.” Do you have the creative “eye?” Equipment only matters up to a certain point.
May the force be with all those watching tonight. I suppose I’m off social media now until I see it, huh?
Just another option for those of you who like to decorate your walls. Although, products aren’t limited to wall decor. The playing cards are pretty cool, too.
I’m a big gear head. Ask anybody who knows me. A few years ago it was drones, but that’s just not enough anymore (at least in terms what my gear can do for me). There’s always going to be the creative intuition that one has to have to separate themselves from competition and at that point EQUIPMENT DOESN’T MATTER. The motivating factor behind getting new gear should be to take advantage of features/capabilities that your current gear can’t provide. Well, absolutely none of my gear could do this! I’m just gonna leave it there and let it speak for itself.
So along with about 5 million other people (give or take), I traveled to the path of totality. How could I miss something like that? Many thanks to my friend Brian Clark for motivating me to travel with him and his kids to experience it. I may not have come away with the best images, but I experienced it. It was all worth it. The distance traveled, the traffic, the waiting. Icing on the cake? There’s another one in 2024. I’ll see you there!
In the meantime, here are some notes to my future self so I don’t forget (the beauty of an online journal, right?):
- Use the same camera to shoot both partial and total (the other camera is a backup)
- Avoid extenders if at all possible.
- Get a solar filter for the longest focal length.
- Practice. Actually practice. It may seem silly, but now you know.
- Take time away from the viewfinder and experience it.
- A sturdy/hefty tripod ballhead is your best friend.
- All camera bodies you use need a fully articulating LCD viewfinder.
- Go ahead and rent that camera body you really wanted to rent this time around – it’ll be worth it.
Apparently this has been the summer of travel and I’ve really got to work on the whole travel photography thing. I tend to overpack for any trip when it comes to my gear. About a third of my carry-on luggage was devoted to the overflow from my gear bag! Anyway, from NYC to LA (yep coast-to-coast) I got some decent images. Maybe it’s time to flip over to the whole mirrorless thing…
The reaction I get these days when I tell people I do video…”You do video?!” Yes, I do video. It’s ironic that most people think of me as a still photographer these days when video is actually how this all got started. So for those that may have forgotten that I do video, here’s a reminder.
One of my workflow tricks as a photographer (now that I kinda know what I’m doing) is to not dive right into my edits right away. I wait a while and edit later. I let some time pass between when I shoot and when I edit. I can’t really articulate why this is, but I just know that if I’m too eager to jump into the edit it’s not as creative as when I wait plus it’s a bonus when I go back through my images and find ones I forgot I shot. Of course, with thos pesky deadlines looming this isn’t always practical.
I wonder if I can get something going. For all those people who host parties for Apple Blossom, what happens to all that extra food? For all those people who complete massive projects just in time for Apple Blossom and then the weather doesn’t cooperate, bummer right? There’s an enormous run-up to the festival and then, just like a summer storm, it’s all over in a heartbeat. Where did all the people go? Oh no, we forgot to do this or we forgot to do that! You can finally get to those projects that had to wait until after the bloom. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something. Memorial Day is coming. Will the food still be good enough to serve at a Memorial Day backyard party? Will the weather finally cooperate? It can feel like a massive release of pressure. Oh yeah, and it’s my birthday.
Happy “After Blossom” – catchy?
They say that when you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. If that’s true, I’ve NOT been working a crazy amount these days.
…or “Hurry Home?” I couldn’t really decide which way to go. Complete inside joke that only a few will understand, but in the meantime, enjoy April Fool’s Day.
Apparently I’m taking requests now.
This is what 24ºC looks like to me in Febraury. Come on, how could I not?!
I swear it wasn’t political when I started. And it’s not really now, but given the general political vibe these days my intentions really wouldn’t have mattered – somebody would interpret this differently that what was ever intended. Yeah, yeah – the first amendment is right there so I suppose it is a little political. I just thought it would be a cool idea and I’ve drawn inspiration for the image from several sources that have done it previously. I actually had some political elements in it that I decided were not appropriate – just didn’t want them “junking up” the image.
Put aside your political views/opinions for about 45 minutes each day. Enjoy the fact that there’s always this to look forward to.