This is a photo blog of self expression. All the images I post are self assignments driven by the need for more creativity in my life. This is my escape from the everyday shooting as a professional photographer.
Carrying my camera with me all the time helps me find interesting images anywhere. I guess you could call it some kind of therapy to keep me from becoming burned out as a photographer. I take a lot of pictures every day. Most are what the customer wants. This does very little for improving creativity. As a professional photographer you have to shoot images for yourself for fun to keep things fresh. This image was taken at a Subway sandwich place while I waited in line. LynnFreeny.com
I had one photographer tell me "once you have seen one sunset they are pretty much the same, boring". I think that is about as far from reality as one can get. Every sunset is different especially here in The Great Smoky Mountains where clouds seem to be ever present. This image was shoot from the Look Rock Tower along Foothills Parkway. I like to wait on the sun to disappear and watch as the colors increase in brilliance. Of course if you wait this long after the sun has gone down make sure you pack a flash light. LynnFreeny.com
Many times angle of view can make all the difference in what you capture with a camera. On this image I used a 15mm lens pointed downward so I would only include the pool in the frame. I am close enough to get a little slash from the swimmer but it was worth it.Note: I will be teaching another class in digital photography. Here is a link for details on this class.LINK FOR CLASSLynnFreeny.com
If you have not figured out by now if you are a regular reader of my blog, I love shadows! I saw a wonderful shadow of a tree on the side of this farm house in Greenback Tennessee. As I looked through the view finder I saw my own shadow. So I reached with one arm stretched out and took the picture. Evening light in the fall can produce some really elongated shadows. Go out and be a kid again looking at those long shadows of autumn.Note: I will be teaching another class in digital photography. Here is a link for details on this class.LINK FOR CLASSLynnFreeny.com
One of the best ways to simplify a subject is by using shallow depth of field. In this image of the newspaper reader I used a 200 mm lens set at f-2.8. Notice how the out of focus background helps the subject to stand out from a complex background. I also used a tripod to steady the camera to obtain a sharp image. Note: I will be teaching another class in digital photography. Here is a link for details on this class.LINK FOR CLASS.LynnFreeny.com
I took my kids to Wesley Woods last week. It is a great place for kids to discover nature. While the kids were looked for water creatures in a small stream I noticed these giant roots on the bank. I used a tripod because of the slow shutter speed. It was a cloudy day and there was not much light along the bank of this small mountain stream. Because of the evenness of the light caused by the cloud cover I was able to get great details on the surface of the roots. Remember the sun is a small light source on a clear sky day and when it is cloudy the sun becomes a large light source. LynnFreeny.com