Action Shots

Now these, action shots, I am not very good at, I try I really do but they never turn out how I want them to. It might be cause I am using the wrong camera or lens but I don’t feel like that is the case, I am pretty sure it’s my lack of experience in this particular field of photography. I prefer to shoot animals over humans and yes of course I use my dog on every occasion that I can. He is blind and he makes a great guinea pig for this because he actions are never coordinated because he seems to wander aimlessly around our yard.

My husband helps me a lot when I shoot our dog, he will guide him in directions that I want, sometimes this works out and sometimes it does not with our dog being blind and all. He will think that he is doing what we are asking but really he is going off in a completely different direction. This is very humorous to us, it also helps me be on alert to get a great shot.

I have gone to the zoo a lot to practice getting action shots of the animals that are there but usually the animals are never active enough to get an action shot. Every once in awhile they will be, like for example, when I went once the chimpanzees were having the time of their lives playing around in their enclosure. There was a younger baby chimp and an older chimp running around with a piece of purple fabric and having the best time. This made for good pictures. The zoo was busy at this time so it took me awhile before I good get into a good position, thank goodness the chimps were still in a playful mood when I was able to. I got some real shots of them fighting over that purple fabric. In the background I also caught other chimps just sitting or watching and in some pictures I just focused on the ones hanging out in the background. I actually liked these photos better. Maybe I am just not a fan of the action shot. Either that or I am just not good at it.

My husband and I have even gone to the local horse track so I can get pictures of the horses as they race around the track. My husband says he goes so he can support my hobby but I know that he loves to watch the horses race so it turns out to be a win/win situation for us. I will try to sneak down to get as close to the track as I can, usually I cannot get as close as I want but I get close enough to get a good picture. When we first starting doing this at the horse track my pictures were horrendous, all blurry. It took us a couple of time of going to figure out what I was doing wrong, for this I took my digital camera that way I wouldn’t be wasting film. I realized that I was not focusing on the right thing, I would just take a picture when the horse rode by but now I follow the horse as it comes around the track and snap shot after shot until the horse is too far away. Not all of them will come out but most do and I am satisfied with the end product.

I will continue to try to master the action shot, you can never be great at everything but I love a challenge and look forward to making some more blurry action photos!

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Art Pieces

I have a cousin, Dan, who is a metal smith, he has gone to school and just recently graduated with his bachelors in art, he is now off to a job in New York, not the city, a town north of the city but still is fabulous. He has participated in many shows, sometimes as just an artist displaying al of his pieces or sometimes he has been a demonstrator, showing how he creates his pieces. He is pretty amazing.

The reason I bring him up today is because he has on occasion asked my to photograph his work. I am always up for this, some of his pieces are just mind blowing, the things that he can do with metal absolutely amazes me. So, the only difficult about this is that we live in different states, even with him moving we were in different states. He moved away after high school to attend a really good school in Illinois, but from where I am it is only a eight hour car ride. By myself that drive is terrible, I cannot be in a car by myself for that lone, luckily I only had to drive once, there and back by myself. My husband has come with me on numerous occasions, he and my cousin are pretty close and other times, his brother my other cousin and his wife have come with me and there have been a couple time when all four of us have gone together, we mad a vacation out of those times. They don’t happen that often because of everyone’s schedule but the times that has happened have been the most fun.

It is much easier for me to go to him rather than for him to com eot me because it would be very difficult to transport his art here, also it just seems silly for him to do that. But when I do I bring both my digital camera and my non digital camera, you never know which one is going to give the impression that he wants. I was send him the digital photos in a drive and have him do with them what he wants but once I am done developing the film from my other camera I will send him the photos in the mail. This way he has as many options to choose from, and he has some to add to his portfolio or he can use them to promote upcoming shows. Helping him with this always gives me some anxiety because I am not a professional but it seems that he is with all of his art but he has never complained about the quality and has always asked again for my help, so that’s good.

Thanks all!


Creeks and Ponds

Moving water  or standing water for that matter, is one of my other things to photograph. You can interpret so much from water, you can see anything you like in water. There are so many great shadows and prisms of light that water holds, it’s almost as magical as trees but not quite, trees are my favorite. Water though you can get so many different textures with, it will all depend on what is in the water, like stones, sand, plants, sticks, fallen branches or even fish, depending on where you are. Then you have the bank where the water meets the land and then you have grass, dirt or more stones and rocks. The possibilities for great pictures are endless.

The reflection of light off the water is amazing, you can get wonderful colors and with the bottom of the creek or pond or even a river will have a great contrast to the reflection. You can get great big rocks to small pebbles, those always add a nice contrast. Depending on where you are you can even capture a little part of the base of a tree if you can get the right angle. But I like to just focus on one main object and have everything else be secondary to what ever it is that I choose to photograph. When I am shooting water, I make that the main focus, so what ever happens to be in the background is slightly out of focus or just not something that will draw you eye right away.

I may choose to focus on the bottom of said chosen creek or pond and have, for example, the stones that are settled on the bottom be my main focus and have lets say a fish that happens to swim by be a secondary focus that you wouldn’t notice right off the bat, once you took in the whole scene then you would notice the fish. This is how I shoot the majority of all my pictures. I prefer this way because it lets me be real creative with the pictures, once I get the film, yes sometimes I still use a roll of film-no judging, or camera to my computer then I can enhance the pictures in ways that were impossible to do with a Polaroid camera back in the day. The technology has come so far with photography that if you can take a picture then you can make it show how ever you want. At the very least though, I try to take the best picture I can that way it seems more natural but I do love to use the computer to exaggerate certain aspects of it. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that this is just a hobby and I am in no way close to being a professional.

Thanks for joining me!