Randomness

Do you ever have one of those “random” days? You know when you are on a mission, but there aren’t any real plans, and you just do whatever pops in front of you.  I sometimes find myself in total randomness,  whether it’s my photography or my writing, I can’t seem to pull anything together and what I shoot and what I write is all over the place.  When I have these types of days I just tend to go with it, I don’t try to make something out of chaos, but instead I enjoy the fact that I am doing what I truly love.

Here’s an example of one of my typical journeys in photography. I prepare my gear by cleaning it, making sure I have everything I need, decide what lenses I will want to use to shoot with.  Decide if I am going all black & white or mix it up, do I want to shoot with wide angle or am I looking for things that will require a longer lens? And finally what am I going to be shooting?  Most days when I have no plans or formal sessions I simply head to a park or someplace I know I can find wildlife.  Again it’s somewhat planned out and I hop in my car and drive.  But then there are days when I grab my bag and head to the beach or park without any clear plans of what I want to do.  I am pointing my camera in many different directions and embrace the randomness.  This type of photography clears my mind and helps me to focus on what’s before me, such as a portrait, concert or some large event.  I often do this sort of shooting after long, difficult, and tiring events such as weddings or festival type concerts.  I love shooting them, but my need for being outdoors and simply shooting what’s in front of me has this way of totally revitalizing my mind and body and prepares me mentally for the work that comes after a large event.  This was my Sunday, I went to a park and then to the beach.  I knew I wanted to try a new technique (to me) using my 50mm inverted for macro and I wanted to achieve a dramatic fine art feel to my captures.  Arriving at the beach I knew I wanted to shoot wide and in black & white; the images were stunning.

Bleached Wood
Flower Power
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Bleached Wood

As for my writing some if is never seen because it’s simply rambling and I journal it for my own pleasure; I normally attack my writing the same way I do planned events, with preparation and a clear message. Many times I will even record my adventure outdoors and simply transcribe it into my blog, but more often an idea will pop into my head and I begin to write.

I know this weekend coming up is going to be incredibly busy with two large concerts, photo sessions and blogging, but come Monday I will spend the day being totally random, no set plan, just me and my camera out finding whatever jumps in front of my lens. Just be prepared for my randomness…

Going “Old School”

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I have been involved with an incredible group of photographers for about six months and one of them does not shoot digital at all.  He actually shoots large and medium format and develops his own work.  This has intrigued me because I grew up with a father who shot mostly black & white and did all of his own developing.  My dad owned a couple of medium format cameras; of course back in the day I didn’t understand what that meant.  I actually inherited one of those cameras the Yashica Mat 124 G and have wanted to learn how to use it all over again.  I grew up using film (mostly color that had to be taken somewhere to be developed).  I want to go “old school”.  I’ve added to my collection of cameras by purchasing a beautiful Nikon F2 from a yard sale with a multitude of lens.  Both cameras have simply been on a shelf, but it’s now time to move forward and face the fear of re-entering the world of film.  I have ordered black & white film for both cameras, plus a polaroid film for an upcoming project.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time.  I feel that taking myself out of my comfort zone and tackling film will help me to be a better photographer.  I’ll be posting photos once they are processed and scanned.

Inspiration in Black & White

There are times when I feel I need some sort of inspiration to keep my creativity up.  I love going to the local park and walking through the wonderful fragrance gardens, but I end up getting the same photos over and over; boring!  So today I decided to set my camera on monochrome and shoot away.  Normally if I want something in black & white I simply turn it in post production.  Doing it in camera is a bit tricky and not as easy, because the lighting and contrast have to be almost perfect for it to work.  I also worked on angles.  Not the hold the camera up and shoot sort of photos, but getting down on my knees, laying on my back in the grass and pulling out some really creative images.  When I work this way, it opens my vision to angles and things I normally may not see.  My beginnings as a photographer was in black & white, my father whom I’ve mentioned was a black & white photographer and I loved those images and still have many of them today.  I want to get back to my photographic roots and take more in that medium.  It’s good to work differently, and it’s good to stretch your creative imagination, so go out and enjoy your camera and open up your mind to doing something different.