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.
I have found some of the most interesting subjects are reflections and shadows. This image is different in that it is indoors but the main reflection is from outside. I believe 95 % of photography is looking and finding what most people never notice. Next time you look at a tree don't just think there's a tree. Look at the tree as if this is the first tree you have ever seen. Look at the lines, shapes, and color that make a tree.
Fall colors in black and white can make very interesting subjects. In this image I extracted the red channel to turn this brightly colored tree into white. This is the same as using a red filter with black and film.
I believe you can get meaningful images no matter the location. If you are waiting for that exotic location with the incredible light to really shine as a photographer you might want to rethink your plans. If you are looking for great image opportunities look where you live . In everyday life you find and capture those interesting things that most people just walk by. One of my favorite photographersJay Maisel loves shooting in his home town of New York. Here is anaudioof him talking about where to find great subjects.
These fall colors were in the middle of the downtown Knoxville on Henley Street. Maybe you will want to spend the money for a European vacation on some camera equipment.
The only way to get this kind of image is to be in the pouring rain. I used a large lens opening f 2.8 to create shallow depth of field. I was using a tripod and an umbrella. The tripod was used to make it easier to hold the umbrella that kept the camera dry. I positioned my camera to get the most color in the background. Bad weather can mean great photography. Get out there!!
Saturday at Cades Covewas rain and more rain just ask any of my brave students. It was a great opportunity to avoid the normal crowds of fall color seekers and capture very interesting subjects. The rain never stoped during the entire field trip so shooting under the protection of umbrellas and the occasional cabin porch was a necessity. This image of the rain drops hitting a small stream close to the Mill had to be taken with a fast exposure( 1/250) in order to capture the circular patterns in the water. MyPhotography classes are offered every semester at Pellissippi State in Knoxville.