Now that spring is here we are also getting a lot of thunderstorms with the possibilities of tornadoes. (That’s a lot for here because years ago once in a while did we had possibilities of tornadoes.) In the middle of it all I’m ready to get back out and walk as much as possible. In most cases I take my camera with me because with spring I’m also ready to escape to photography outdoors. Walking also gives me the chance to think. I have an idea of the direction I’m going to take my photography with a different style of shooting, try to shoot like I did with film (many years ago), but take it in a totally different perspective as before. Yes more to come… 😉
The other morning I went out walking, hoping I could find something to photograph but my thoughts was macro. I wasn’t for sure if I would see flowers, etc. but I wanted to be ready anyway. My first few laps I was surveying the area and if I found a few things on my last lap, I would get my camera and shoot as I walked. Well in the middle of it all I began to feel drops of rain so I grabbed my camera for the last “but I didn’t want it to be my last” lap 😦
Even though I looked up, down, behind and in front of me, I really didn’t want to photograph any full bloom flowers…but I did. I tried to look for the unexpected and I believe I captured those as well. Like I have mentioned before there’s always something to photograph – we just have to slow down and let it come to us.
Camera gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm 60mm F/2.4 macro lens. All photographs were edited in Capture One 11.
The other morning by pure accident I saw that we had a carnival in Manassas. Years ago when we had carnivals it was set up at the Kmart parking lot. A good spot because it was on the main highway that goes through Manassas…everyone saw it. Now they have it on the backside of the mall. If you don’t drive that way you will not see it; probably only know about it from word of mouth.
I have never made any attempt to take photographs at a carnival. You know like…to capture images of the ferris wheel or the merry-go-round at a slow shutter speed to get that super cool effect. I do know most of the time you have to get permission to set up a tripod, etc. Hey a carnival is just like anything else – make money – and they don’t want anything to interfere with that 😉
Tuesday morning I got up before sunrise to get to the carnival and setup my gear. One of the nicest sunrises I’ve seen in quite some time. It made the perfect backdrop for the rides. After I took photographs with the tripod, I walked around and took photographs through the chain fence, which made some sweet frames.
Would I like to some day to be able to go to a carnival and shoot long exposures? Yes! No doubt because it would be so much fun to create in such a way. But to create with a “almost perfect” sunrise with no one around to block your view is just as fun too. Don’t stop at Plan A, always have a Plan B.
By the way I did go back to the carnival Tuesday night. It’s small and tight fit therefore if I wanted to get permission to shoot, it just would have been too tight. There may have been some places outside of the carnival I may have been able to setup. Also looked as if the ferris wheel was having some issues so I’m not for sure what was going on. All-in-all I’m very happy with my visit at sunrise 🙂
Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens, and MeFoto Q1 tripod.
You know sometimes social media can be a pain! But every now again it works out to be a good thing and it did for me. Social media gave me opportunity to meet Renee L. Ferguson. So?? Well…we’re both from West “By God” Virginia 🙂 🙂 and her folks knows my folks (West Virginia talk) 😉 And??? She’s the face of Phinishing Touches Photography and here is her story:
What is it about photography? Where did it all begin for you? (Did you start out with film, digital or both)
Photography is a passion of mine. I love being able to capture expressions that you may not get in a typical photo session. I started in photography as a young girl. My grandmother gave me my first film camera. I started out with film. Kodak Instamatic.
Me as a photographer I like photographing a little bit of everything. How would you describe your photography (macro, weddings, etc.) and why.
I live portrait photography (lifestyle and family photography, and children’s photography) – I just love capturing people.
Macro and landscape – It is peaceful and allows me to see in a different perspective.
I love taking pictures of the moon. (not sure why)
However, my newfound love is documentary photography because of a book project that I have been working. Its purpose is to document the lives of influential African Americans from West Virginia.
Photography is challenging. What is your biggest challenge? What is your biggest fear?
My biggest challenge is trying to find my style and niche.
My biggest fear is going beyond my comfort level no matter how I feel and putting my work out to the public.
Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I always look to capture the expressions that you don’t normally see in a portrait.
I keep my eye to the camera as I talk and capture what I see and use those unique images to present to the client. (That is hard to explain.) While I am conversing with my clients before taking their photos, I pay close attention to their mannerisms…(the tilt in their head, frequent expressions, smiles, gestures, and body language.) I will look for those things as I talk during the photo session and capture them as I talk.
If you could shoot black & white or color, which one would it be?
I would have to say color, although I know Black and White is timeless.
Photography techniques and equipment changequickly, and it’s very important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
I read a lot of photography articles and follow equipment companies and many photographers. (Social media)
You had a day where you could “play” and actually go out and shoot for fun, what would you shoot?
Beach and water scenes
Phinishing Touches LLC is…the business name behind Renee L. Ferguson Photography. It was established in 2011 with the initial focus of becoming a greeting card company. It has since evolved and now specializes in lifestyle, documentary photography and digital painting.
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A few weeks ago I went out to Portland, Oregon for a photo walk. Before you ask yes I went from Northern VA to Portland for a photo walk…life as a retiree 🙂 🙂 🙂 As I was getting information about the photo walk I heard there was a possibility of the cherry blossoms may be in full bloom. Okay that’s nice. I live 30 miles out of Washington D.C. and I don’t even make an attempt to go and see the blossoms. They’re pretty and all but I just know there will be TONS of PEOPLE out there and I stay away.
I spent three days at the Waterfront. The weather was great, the people were happy, and it was a lot of fun. The Steel Bridge is the backdrop for the blossoms and you can walk across at the top or the bottom of the bridge, which gives you different views and perspective of the blossoms.
The day of the photo walk I met some great photographers and had a great time. It was cool to walk and talk about something you enjoy – photography. Hopefully some day our paths will cross again 🙂
I don’t believe in carrying a lot of gear; if I really don’t have to I don’t. On this trip I had my camera with my favorite 27mm and 50mm lenses. Saturday I used the 27mm and shot a lot of wide images. My images of the bridges are panoramic which were 5-6 images stitched together. I made sure I shot vertically to give me more information from the top and bottom – plus room to edit. Sunday and Monday I shot with my 50mm lens. I wanted to focus on shooting tighter into my subjects. Wanted to have a mixture of everything before I left.
Photo walks are great! First: you find a place that a shoot will take place. Two: you get to meet photographers or just hang out with photographers you know. Three: you go out and shoot something (cherry blossoms) 😉 that you really don’t get into but its still fun!! 🙂
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 50mm f/2 R WR lens, and XF 27mm f/2.8 lens