Well, it was one heck o a day, and I'm just now getting to post the new week. I don't have anything to share at the moment. I hope to get around to processing what I captured over the weekend.
I've been searching for something to share this week, but I just can't come up with anything. I second shot a wedding this past weekend, and didn't get anything worthwhile, and I can't share what I did get until the photographer hands the files over to the bride. *sigh* I'm seriously stuck in a huge rut.
I hear ya on being stuck in a rut, Steph. I'm struggling as well. Maybe you could pull something from your archives that you would like to re-shoot eventually or even just re-edit.
I'm trying some new things (see my thread on "rule breaking"). And while I am still not feeling very creative, at least I'm forcing myself to try some new things.
I hope you get out of your rut soon, Steph. I've been stuck in one for what seems like ages. Personally, I would love to take photos as well as you do. I'm especially jealous of your backlit images
I think that's part of my problem, G. I know what look I want, and I can't find it here. I LOVE filtered backlighting, and I can't seem to find an area around here that will allow me to do it. I was able to get that look back in Illinois, but where we are in Arkansas, there are hills and valleys that don't allow me to have that rim of light during the golden hour. Seems all I can find around here are places to get the hazy backlight. I really should get out and location scout some more and see if I can find anything. I'm sure there's something out here, but it's hard to find when you don't really know you're way around very well. I ask around and people give me the regular photo op places, which are pretty areas, but not exactly the look I'm going for.
I have been thinking more and more about sending my camera in, especially since I don't have any shoots on the books right now with it being so incredibly hot. I kind of just want someone to tell me that it's not the camera and that it's me that needs to get better. I need to get some test images uploaded so El can compare some with me. It is going to be an event, since the harddrive is FULL! I have to transfer things over to the EHD, now that I realize that a backup is NOT the same as being able to access the files on the EHD LOL! Blonde moment from me!
One thing that comes to mind is the difference in latitude from IL to AR. I know here in Texas the "golden hour" is very VERY early in the morning and pretty darn late at night. In addition, it has always seemed to me that the light is just a bit more harsh the further south you go. Not that you can't get that nice golden glow. You just have to wait longer for it. I know that for the evening hour I have to wait until about 8pm. I also understand that when you have to contend with mountains it makes it harder to find that kind of light, what with the sun disappearing behind said mountains during the best hours of the day.
I hope you can find a location that fits the bill for you!
And until then, hang in there!
That's a really great point about the sun being harsher. We are definitely closer to the sun around here, and can actually FEEL it! I didn't even think about the fact that I would need to be shooting even later than I would back in IL. That is, if I can find a nice field with some open shade
That brings another thing to mind. I'm actually kind of nervous/scared about going out in fields around here to shoot. The snakes and bugs are much more vicious around here than they are back in IL. You don't typically come across a poisonous snake in IL, but they're fairly common to encounter here in AR. We've also had black widows around our back porch, and found a scorpion inside the house last fall. Totally not used to that and really makes me cautious about my outdoor shooting.
OK. It's Thursday so here are a few from me for this week.
1. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/1000 - 100 ISO
this shot is killing me to look at. i took 2 shots. this one first. it was under exposed, so I adjusted and re-shot. came out GREAT! got back to the office and was scrolling through, deleting some older images and deleted the good one before I realized what I was doing. *sigh* it's a bit grainy from where I bumped up the exposure. his shirt looks blown to me here, but looked fine before uploading.
2. 50mm - f/3.5 - 1/250 - 200 ISO
not my usual kind of subject and I think it shows. I just liked this tree popping up out of this pond. the blown water bothers me, but I thought I'd put this one out there anyway.
3. 50mm - f/3.2 - 1/640 - 100 ISO
I'm looking for all kinds of advice on this one. The tilt was intentional but I'm not sure I really like it. This is the in-camera crop. I'm considering tightening it up a bit. do you think I would lose the context of the net that I'm shooting through if I crop it in tighter?
That's it for me this week. I've actually taken quite a few shots this week. Some are over on my "breaking the rules" thread and some are snap-ish, so I'm saving those for the Friday share. And even though I still feel very ... I dunno ... uninspired in my shots, I at least got out and took a whole bunch of pics this week. That feels good. Got a family reunion this weekend, so hoping to get more to share for next week.
Steph, I completely understand where you are coming from with the hills, etc. I am completed surrounded by hills - literally. We're in a Valley. If the hills didn't block enough light, the trees successfully block the rest. From our house you cannot see a sunset or sunrise, at all. It goes from day to twilight to dark. I've tried driving around looking for spots to get good light in the golden hours, but it is difficult to find somewhere with great lighting, clear access and NOT on private property. I'm slowly finding more spots I like, but it has been a really, really slow process and is nowhere near done.
Gigi, it could be my screen, but his shirt looks a little blown to me in #1 - particularly to the left of the image (his right). Also, the white of his ball is almost identical to the white of his shirt with only the tiniest bit of shadow in betwee. I'm wondering if you pulled it back down a bit if you would get more definition between the two. I like the way he is framed between the trees / branches, however, the branch in the background looks as though it is growing out of the side of his head.
#2 is pretty cool. The blown water doesn't bother me as I am drawn to the tree. I wouldn't mind seeing it with a touch less room on the left and a touch more on the right.
#3, I like the idea, I just wish the string of the net wasn't going right through his head. I wouldn't crop it as I like being able to tell it is a net you are looking through. I like how the ball is framed in the net.
It is Friday here, but I am going to wait till either later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning to post my images as it is still Thursday for most of you ladies.
#1 - I HATE when I delete images on accident!! It happens to all of us, so you're not alone. This is still a nice image. I'd like a little more light in his eyes, but I know how hard it is to get light in dark eyes. I would have liked to see a little bit more of him so you could have got his whole hand and ball in the frame. You may have done that in the deleted image, though. Also, and this is getting really nitpicky, I would have turned the ball so that you could see his name on it Just a tiny little detail.
#2 - I love these kinds of trees! We pass over the AR River quite often, and there are a bunch of them in there and I'm always fascinated by the way they look. I think you could have got an awesome look out of this one at a different time of day. The lighting looks a bit harsh. I'm terrible with comp on landscape/nature shots, as I struggle with that myself, so I won't comment much on that. I will say that I feel like it may need to have a little more context in the frame.
#3 - I like what you're going for here! Again, I feel like there needs to be a little more room since you're going for the tilt. I think it would make it look more intentional. I wouldn't crop it in anymore, as you'd loose too much of the looking through the net.