I believe as a photographer that it’s easy to identify fleeting moments. We’re used to looking through a camera to narrow our view, paying attention to light and how it falls, and always on the look for things that catch our eye. My personal goal this week was to look for “moments in the in between” — instead of photographing the obvious, allowing myself to pick up my camera when it felt just right.
I actually do this quite often; it was something that was encouraged when I took a documentary approach workshop last year. But it isn’t always easy to do. And Mike and I were actually away most of the week on vacation. But I took my camera with me in hopes that when my heart fluttered more than usual, it would be within reach.
Settings: f/6.3, 1/250 sec, 35mm, ISO 100
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Like I said, we went on vacation. We love to cruise — this was actually our fifth cruise in seven years and I had set a goal for myself to “photograph the shit” out of trip. That didn’t happen. I left my camera in our room most of the time and opted to put my cell phone in airplane mode so I could that I would have a small camera with me at all times. (Which was actually a super smart idea because the sunsets in the middle of the ocean were superb.) But I still took daily photos with my Canon when we holed up in our room.
I love that we get a balcony stateroom because we’re able to enjoy being outside alone. We usually do a lot of reading. And napping. But when we’re pulling into port, you get to see the islands for the first time right outside your window. I typically stand out on the balcony and snap-snap-snap when we get to a new location. This particular port was Jamaica. And I’d already been outside snapping away and stepped back inside put away my camera. But I stopped.
Mike stayed outside, looking at the island that we had zero plans for, and I framed him up in the viewfinder… only to see that his reflection was also in the mirror. He’s content, relaxed… and I love that we made time for ourselves this year to get away. Who cares if we were lazy and didn’t have adventures — we were perfectly happy being who we are on a big ass boat. And I look forward to when we can away next time, because those times are few and far between, and fleeting.
Week 9: Movement
We have just a few short weeks before daylight savings time begins, so let’s take advantage of the shorter days before we have all the daylight we could ever want! Whether your subject is moving or you’re intentionally moving your camera, capture a sense of movement. Slow down your shutter speed to help you show motion, and test different settings until you get the image you desire. If you don’t shoot manually, I encourage you to use the shutter priority setting on your camera; you choose the shutter speed and the camera will do the rest for you.
Bonus Challenge: Showcasing movement in a photo can help tell the story of your subject, but there are ways use your camera other than just slowing down the shutter. Get creative and try your hand at panning, zooming or a long exposure. If you aren’t familiar with these terms, this article gives a great explanation and examples.
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