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This girl has barely ever seen snow as she lives in a place that snow comes once or twice a lifetime. We were just lucky enough to be together when the snow came, now she has a photo to always remember it by – Capture The Momentby Chris Lehman
Been crazy busy!!!
So I have not been able to post anything in a while, I have photos there to post just have not had time to post them. This is normally how I do this –
Take photos, dump them, pick one off to edit, upload to my gallery awaiting posting. Then I will go in and write a blog posting with a picture that I am feeling like posting (you lost yet?? Good hang in there) and the I schedule that to post at a certain time which also post to twitter for me. Today is the exception as I am writing this one live, today in the flesh.
So now that you are all totally confused and have listened to me ramble I shall get on with today’s photo.
While in Austin one night I went out with a group from G+. We went to all different places, in and out of bars listening to local music and just having a great time. We walked in to this little bar that had some music going, and as I listened all I heard was “screaming”. Now I am a fan of all kinds of music – this week I have remembered a lot of songs that I thought I had forgotten but not really forgotten – yeah that made sense…however this type of “screaming” I am not a fan of. However seeing the music being played and the musicians creating this noise (to me this is noise and I dont understand the music behind it) it was fun to see them talk between songs and then turn on the scream for the song. This was the guitarist and the lead vocals, I made the lead look as scary as it sounded in there(yes, you get two photos today :)).
Going, going, going….
So I have been on the go for a while now, not traveling for photography but rather my normal job. I am very fortunate to have a great job and am thankful for it, I am excited to get back to my normal day to day life after a bunch of travel though. Do you have a job that takes you about? Do you enjoy traveling here and there?
Lot’s and lots of work (and titles that repeat at least one word :))
So I have neglected my processing and photography for a while now, I have a ton of photos sitting there waiting for me to look at them, so many in fact that I cant really remember what I have and where I shot at. I think I am going to change from my uber organized folders and subfolders to one big photo dump that has all my photos so that none of them get overlooked. The problem I have now is having to go in and look at each of those folder…I know the way I currently have everything that I will be overlooking some possible good shots.
Side note – I will be updating the reviews and gear page real soon – watch for it :)
Today’s Photo (just a clever title, to clarify I dont care to be a rock star ;-))
So I took this shot while with the Drink N Click crew in Austin one night. This was the drummer for a group here in Austin called Guilty Pleasures if my memory server me correctly. She enjoyed getting her photo taken and was being playful (and not just on the drums smart @$$’s:)). I dont normally shoot this type of shot, but I do admit that it was fun since she was game.
And here is a rare thing from me – technical details of the shot –
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Tv value: 1/100 (0.01s)
Av value: F/1.8
Lens: Canon 50mm (Nifty 50)
Not much to say today other than…
I cant wait to get home and process from photos! I have a lot that are just sitting there waiting on me to do something with them. I often get asked about photo’s that I have taken and where they are? I must admit that I have a weird workflow when it comes to taking the photos and then processing them. I could probably stand to dial this process in a bit and make it a little more streamlined and structured especially since I tend to be OCD about everything. This is a small part of my life that is a bit disorganized. My process is simple though – go take photos, come home, dump photos to folder, briefly look, if anything catches my eye start processing it but often times they lay there dormant for a while and I come back to them and pluck a few out to process. So you might see an image today that I took months ago sometimes years ago.
This little guy came and landed on my oldest son while we were at lunch in a butterfly house. There were a ton of monarchs roaming about and this guy just landed like he was saying “look at me, I am more interesting, turn your camera this way and shoot me!”
I have not shot or even got my camera out lately. I know I need to and I am feeling the urge to, just not been able to. I recently made the mistake of traveling without it and got reminded why I should always have it with me even when it seems like just something extra to carry.
In the beginning of life each and everyone of us always hangs on to something. This photo to me expresses that. The precious gift of life sometimes is taken for granted and often times it is not valued. Tell someone today thank you and that you love them while you have the chance.
Well, ever since this one shoot I have been shooting a lot of things that are out of my normal comfort zone. I think that I will keep this as it is forcing me to grow and view things different, stay creative. I think this is ever so important and being out of the comfort zone is what makes us grow I think. I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow. Finding your “not normal” is way more important than staying normal ;-)
Here is one shot that I really liked out of this set. I know that it is a classic shot that has been done many times – I have never tried it and when I did, it really sparked something new. I usually do not shoot people and I really do not enjoy shooting people, however after this and knowing that a special tender moment has been captured I really am re-thinking my strategy. This by no means says that I will start shooting people – it simply means that I am going to strive to understand this aspect of photography and practice with volunteers.
Traditionally in photography you are supposed to shoot the faces of the subjects to capture the emotion, though when I saw this I took it knowing that I was breaking the “rule” – they are made to be broke at times, and I feel that this was and is one of them.by Chris Lehman
One of my most favorite places to visit is Charleston, South Carolina. If I could move tomorrow and live there I would. The heritage that they have there runs deep, every where you go you can find some history. I can remember going there as a kid, going downtown to the open air market and seeing these wonderfully talented people weaving baskets. Not just ordinary baskets – Sweet Grass Baskets.
If you would like to read a bit more on these I have provided two links -
This photo was taken at Patriots Point Naval Museum, I have never seen a weaver setup shop there, this was the first time and let me tell you she was not happy about getting this picture taken…
by Chris Lehman
I was at a G+ photo walk the other night – my first one ever! I was so excited. Everyone there was awesome! Nothing like seeing a million tripods and shooters around all shooting. So we were going to shoot sunset of a pretty rad spot in Austin which we did, however as people were shooting I took out my 7D (GASP – I DID NOT USE MY 5D2 EXCLUSIVELY!!!) and shot this one. I normally dont shoot people or Silhouettes so I really liked how this one came out :)by Chris Lehman
This is one of those shots that just happened. It was not setup for this. While at the Morris Lighthouse in Folly Beach SC, my oldest son and I were walking along. I had an idea to shoot a few shadows. I took one with him looking up at me, me looking up at him then asked him to give me a hug. As we embraced this tender father/son moment revealed itself in the shadows. As I looked up I noticed that his face and head on mine created a heart shape and I was lucky enough to capture it. I thank God that he allowed it to happen and even more for me to capture it.by Chris Lehman
To one man it is all that he can take, to another it is all that he will, and yet to another he stares at it with an eagerness to over come. To most children all these things are paid no attention to, and to others they look at the path intently yearning to press forward, to take on what is in front of them with no fear, no over thinking, no second guessing. It is with that innocence the next generation of leaders are made and if we are lucky that innocence will press on and not be shattered and they will become great.by Chris Lehman
The innocence of our youth quickly fades as the years blow by as in decades. This future shooter looks for the frame with the innocence and the absence of blame. Hug tightly those that you love, for one never knows if we will get a call from above. We have heard it said that life is short, precious, irreplaceable no room to abort. Enjoy the time you have, live to your fullest always catching the frame for in it is the purest form of game.by Chris Lehman