Spent a few hours at a auto wreckers yard near Acton, Ontario yesterday with some other photographers. Acres upon acres of old cars, trucks and buses. Such a great place!
John Travolta I am not…but being silly and having fun is one thing I am good at! Tonight up in Yellowknife, clouds obscured most of the sky so we were out of luck for Lady Aurora, but fun was had! Pushing myself to be creative at times when weather or landscapes may not cooperate is all part of the photographic journey.
Did someone say coffee? After 2 very early mornings, I think I need it intravenously!
Many years ago, when I first ventured into this thing we call photography, I wanted to shoot landscapes. Loved the big images, the amazing light. So I did. I found out that I needed to be like the early bird in order to get the worm, or in this case the best light. So I diligently would look up when sunrise would be and I would get to a location for sunrise. To my surprise, other, way smarter, photogs would be packing up when I arrived. I would look at them and ask “where are you going”? Their answer was “you missed the best light man, it was 30 minutes ago”. Disappointed I would kick my own butt and vow to try again. Fortunately I learned from my mistakes and I started arriving well before sunrise and, if I was lucky enough, was able to capture some decent light.
This morning was no different. But I arrived almost 1 hour before sunrise because, surprisingly, traffic was light in the GTA. (don’t look at me that way, even on a Sunday morning, traffic can be backed up). And I am very thankful it was. Because some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen was happening 57 minutes before “official” sunrise. Mother Nature was very kind to me. I guess she figured if I could drag my sorry butt out of bed 2 mornings in a row, I deserved some sort of reward. So thank you Mother Nature! You rock!!
Last weekend I ventured out with a couple of photographers who live in the Elora region of Ontario. We went out to scout a few locations around Elora. One of them was Wilson’s Flats. The sky did not cooperate with us last weekend so we ended up going for breakfast and chatting about photography. Early this morning I ventured out on my own and decided to try Wilson’s Flats again. This time Mother Nature came through for me and the sky was brilliant!
As I progress further and further along my journey through photography, I find myself leaning more and more into the very creative and artistic side and way less into the technical side. Camera movement is one such piece of the artistic and creative vision. It is a very simple technique yet one I have done very seldom. For this I simply sat the camera on a solid surface, set a small aperture and as a result a longer shutter speed and then moved the camera horizontally as I was pressing the shutter button.