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.
It is so much fun to take students out into location to capture images as they learn more about photography. I have alway thought that the best way to become a better photographer is practice, practice, practice. Photography is like math in that if you do not do it often you forget how to do it. In the field many of my students have more questions than they have in class because they are actively in the process of photography. The is nothing better than getting out there to improve your skills as a photography. Link to photography classes at Pellissippi Photography Class or for private trips e-mail me
Light is photography and photography is light. Think about it without light there is no photography in the normal way we see with our own eyes.
The biggest storms come at night in the summer. It is so much easier to capture lightening at night that during the day.
I got this shot from the top floor of the Peabody Hotel. I placed my lens against a large window in the hallway so I would not take a picture of myself. The camera was placed on a tripod so I could take long exposures. The best way to take images of lightening is to let the lightening do all the hard work. The way I shot the photo was by setting the camera on Bulb for my shutter speed. I know you have always heard lightening does not strike in the same place. Not true. After a few strike you should point your camera in the direction of the strikes. Focus you camera for infinity then just hold your shutter open and wait for the lightening to do it's thing. Remember set your camera on M for mature or manual. Use you digital camera to determine the correct exposure. I shot this with a film camera so I had to shoot a roll to get the exposure right.
Sometimes or most of the time timing is everything in photography. In the case of this image it was really no acident that I happened to be in Cades Cove with fog. I got there early in the morning before first light and waited until the sun came up. It is almost high preasure photography when you see mornings like this. You just want to go go and then some with this kind of light! One of the most important thing to do in this type of light is to use you Mature setting on your camera which is M for manual. The camera's auto settings will give you very disappointing result. So remember you know what you want you image to look like and know the camera can not read your mind. I shot this with my Pentax 6 x 7 on fujichrome 50 ISO film.