"Capturing Life"

Trying for a Fresh Perspective

Spring is finally arriving in the Pacific Northwest; or so it seems, anyways.  Around here you never know for sure because the rain can quickly ruin any sunny day.

Last week found me taking my son, Nathan’s, senior portraits.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute since he graduates in May!  It’s like the plumbers pipes that leak, the carpenter’s house that is never finished, the auto mechanic’s car that always needs a tune up; you get the idea.  In any case, we spent a day in Seattle, Everett, Stanwood, and Camano Island trying to capture Nathan’s personality on camera.  If you know Nathan, it’s not an easy task to get a serious “portrait” type photo that depicts him as he truly is.  He’s better in candid photo’s than portraits.   We did manage to get a few that will work for what we need.

Today I gave myself a little project: take a walk around my neighborhood and notice the light and try to capture it with my camera.  Not only that, but work on composition AND limit myself to 2 photos of each subject.  Get it right or go home! ha ha!

Not only was it a fun project, it was a relaxing one as well.  The sun was out, the neighborhood was pretty quiet and the birds were singing to me as I meandered by.   Just as my youngest son, Adam, is reminded to practice his drum rudiments, I was reminded that I need to practice the rudiments of my photography.  It not only helps me get back to the foundation of photography, it also helps to stave off boredom by making me work to get it right.

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I think that, with the warmer weather hopefully on its way, I will challenge myself to small sessions like this morning’s by getting out and walking around my neighborhood, camera in hand, seeing with new eyes the world around me.  I just hope my neighbors will all understand why I’m leaning over their flowering bushes, kneeling by their fences, and aiming my camera towards their homes.

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One response

  1. Wayne

    I think your “walking around the neighborhood” project is a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the nice weather, see your “usual” surroundings in a new way, and focus on your craft.

    April 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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