Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's a Process

A couple of weekends ago I decided I had better make some pesto or I would have to live without the homemade stuff until next summer! So I thought I'd document the process with my iPhone camera, for whatever reason, maybe to get the smell of garlic embedded on my phone case or accidentally drop it into the food processor...I don't know ;)

Then I thought about how my boys someday would want to remember the steps...yeah, that's it...if they ever wanted to make pesto for themselves!

So several shots later, music chosen, title added, ending, and a few clicks later the Flipagram app quickly produced the process of making pesto in a frenetic 16 seconds. (click on the photo and it should take you to Instagram to view) or here.

Chime it, love it, have never even used Flipagram?? 

A couple of years ago I used an online service called Pummelvision that really did pummel me with about a thousand of my photo from a Flickr set. I think I saved it to Vimeo because it was to long to post anywhere else. That was a year long "process" in photography practice ;)

Just this week I saw that a teen friend I follow on IG posted a series of short videos on painting on canvas including steps, materials, and tips! Short video clips rather than photos...I don't like how I sound on camera (or how I look in front of it for that matter, but that's another post).

How do you feel about having your images flipping by at a quick pace set to music? Do you think there's a place for it? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

…Find your style and don't be afraid to show it!

What is your photography "style"?

Do you know? 
I have been photographing for 6 years now and it has taken me all of 6 years to discover my style of photography! I love to look at all styles from high end photography to photo journalism.  I have tried to take photos just the same as those photographers and usually...I end up saying "it's just not me"   As an artist, I have done the same...I can try painting like Van Gogh or zooming in on a subject and painting it the way Georgia O'Keefe would... but the same thing happens "it's not me"

So, I have finally figured out that what makes me happiest and what works best for me, is ME!
My own style is crazy, kookie! I am a mix of all styles with a twist of cheer! I am a cheerful person and my photos reflect that! I make my subjects laugh and try to make them at ease in front of the camera.  I offer them humor and I capture them in a more candid light as opposed to a stiff and posed manner. 
What is your style?  What works best for you?

...this wedding, I stressed over! I wanted to make it look "high end" or posed and I worried about my camera equipment and what others would say about my photos along with the lighting...blah...blah..
I got there and had little old ladies telling me to take pictures over here or there and to put "writing" or "poems" in the sky! gag me!
Needless to say, I had some pressure on me! But then I had to regain focus and remember what I do best!

These photos are just a few from the wedding I just photographed and I tried to capture the "special" expressions and moments that are more natural.  The Mother of the bride was gorgeous and so happy for the wedding. She was glowing with love!

This is one of my most favorite photos...I managed to catch a moment between a father and his son! After the wedding was over, everyone was staring at the bride and greeting her, when to the left...this was happening!  They shed tears and words (only they know) and I was able to catch this moment!

My bride and groom were so silly and fun to work with anyways that it was only right that we get them making funny faces and "bunny ears" on their flower girls!

These two wanted to get in on some photo action themselves so I pulled them aside and taught them how to make "eskimo kisses"  they loved learning! 

And...this totally sums up these two! They are so in love with each other and they were so willing to do any fun poses I put them in!  Best wishes to the newlyweds!

 So, whatever your style is, stick to it.  You are an artist and you should stay true to you when taking photos.  You may be the posed type and that is great, or you may be the more candid style.  Just go with what makes you happy and your work with reflect that!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Sky's the Limit

When was the last time you tried something photographically you’ve never done before? I mean like underwater photography, free-lensing, aerial photography, or astro photography?

Yeah, I know some things are often out of reach. For my Alaska friends the Northern Lights are maybe within closer reach for you than they are for me? But they are on my "To Shoot" list!

On IG I follow nyonair – a team of “pro image-makers, motion content specialists, and production helicopter pilots” that take to the air over NYC for clients – yeah, a bit out of my reach for sure!

first editing attempt
Last month while on vacation near Yosemite National Park, the sky came within my reach as I attempted to capture the Milky Way. This is definitely not the best of shots but I wanted to share it anyway, because well, this is how we learn from our mistakes. We also share in our triumphs and in our work that needs more work. It’s humbling.

Ansel Adams said, “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” Wow!

second editing attempt
This is not one of them (all the same frame, just different editing & sooc RAW). But I’m not discouraged. Remember the first time you tried to capture fireworks? The excitement? It was there that night. As soon as the 30 seconds were up and my viewfinder showed the faint Milky Way in the dark frame…I was thrilled!

But, I think my focus was off, I could have picked a better foreground, I think it should have been later into the night or early morning…blah, blah, you know all the things we think of after the fact. Then you get home and look at it while editing and it starts all over again…it’s so noisy, I have no idea how to get this to look good, etc.

I was not working solo, my crew was chatty and wheeling a flashlight around…now I wish I had tried different exposures and settings. But I’m ok with just having tried, and I’m already thinking of when and where I could go try again now that I’m back home in MN.

So, what have you been up to lately? Have you had time to push your photographic envelope? What’s on your wish list of shots to try?

p.s. I follow a page on FB called "Yes, you can see the Milky Way", go there to see the wonderful inspiration that got me excited to try. Wowza!!