Well, went out to shoot in Cincyish (<---- not a word I know I do this from time to time), someone forgot to tell the rain that it was not needed that day, and so it was cold wet rain from above tried to embark on this adventure. Needless to say that the camera did not get out, however the trip was fun and location scouting in the rain has never been so great. I will go back soon - before it is 100 degrees and scorching...and yes the location is still secret to only those that know...do you know?
While coming back from a photowalk (Where I shot this as well Christmas Lights ) myself and another photographer came through this corridor, it was freezing cold and we just wanted some heat…I turned around and saw this and said – hold on I am shooting this. I got the – “huh?” look, but paid no attention and proceeded setting up. Now this is a bit of an optical illusion as it was not as long as it seems on the photo. This is not something magical that I did in post processing but rather it is inherent of the lens choice. I was using a wide-angle lens which tends to narrow things out in the center of the frame adding a bit of depth with the right composure. Anyways – hope you enjoy the photo – I thought for sure that I was going to lose a hand to frostbite…
I have been wanting to shoot in Cincinnati for a while, there are a few places that I have shot and a few that I marked on my list to shoot, I am going to be going there very soon and am currently scouting for places to shoot, so if you know anywhere feel free to drop a note in the comments section.
This is one of those that I keep looking at and just could not come up with anything at all. I will call it a mind block and move on. This was taken from the National Museum of the USAF which is one of my all time favorite places to shoot. I need to head back real soon to shoot it again, I always find something new and interesting to shoot there.
Where have you been???
Well, I have been all over shooting some but not enough. The weather is warming up and I am excited to be doing some photowalks to not only help teach others and get enthusiasm for photography but also to just get out and have some fun and meeting interesting people :). I have a few exciting announcements that I will be able to share soon so stay tuned :)
So I was up in the mountains in a place that most cell phones dont work – this is both a blessing and a curse. It is awesome to be able to unplug a bit however when you are addicted to your phone as I am it is very aggervating at the same time. I felt like I was at an intervention or something :)
Anyways – the below photo was taken on the morning that I left. We went down to the lake and the kids were getting some energy out before the drive home, and I of course saw the morning fog rising and grabbed my camera. It was muddy and crazy however totally awesome at the same time. The warmth of the sun and the sparkle of the water reflections combined with the rising of the “smoke” was just fabulous. I cant wait to go back and shoot some more!by Chris Lehman
Excited for some upcoming events that I am going to be going on and hosting – more to come later – stay tuned!! Some secret and some public :)
This was taken inside a restaurant and originally I did not think that this was going to be one that I released. But after staring at it for months now it has grown on me and maybe it will grow on you to…maybe.
Not been shooting….
So I cant remember the last time that I actually decided to go shoot something interesting for me, I have been shooting things that I have to but not that I want to – huge difference. So maybe I can get back to basics and go looking for some creative juices to flow…
As this storm rolled through I quickly grabbed my camera and took off to try to capture something out of it. I ended up 2 minutes from house (that two minutes was a flat run) and setup to find this dramatic moving of the clouds. I was hoping the storm would slow down and give me more time to setup and shoot but it did not. I often at times like to study the scene and what is going on and then setup at various angles and positions taking a wide variety of shots. This was a holy smokes!!! Just shoot! Here is what was captured….
Exciting New Year?
So are you one of those people that do New Years Resolutions? I am not, I never keep them is why. What is your resolution this year?
Today’s Photo – Love Field…
I can tell you for sure that there was absolutely NO LOVE for this field! This place was full of shady people and the most annoying mosquitoes that were the size of eagles. These things were literally flying around EVERYWHERE I cant count the amount of bites I got while trying to get something. What I was wanting was to get some plane trails as this is the landing path at an airport. However while waiting I saw the moon and really liked the scene so I walked over got setup and was shooting this when three planes flew over that I missed. I got so chewed up from the pesky mosquito’s that I said forget it and packed up and ran back to the car.
Have you ever…
Have you ever just looked around and thought – yeah it is time…
Now that can be interpreted in many ways – some people might relate this to their job, some might relate it to their exercise habits, some might relate it to eating habits, drinking habits, relationships, the car they drive, the time they get up in the morning, the time they spend with loved ones the list goes on and on and on. I challenge you to figure out what if any you are saying this with.
So today, you get two photos taken after Christmas when we were getting ready to take down the Christmas tree. I was itching to shoot something since I have not shot in a long while, so I grabbed my Macro lens and shot these two. I really enjoyed them, I was using one as a wallpaper for a while but had to move on to something else since it is not Christmas any longer. I love Christmas – is it here yet again?? If you would like a full res of this for a wallpaper just shoot an email or leave me a comment :)
Today’s Photo – Ghost of Christmas Past?
Ok, well not really…but thought that it was a clever title :)
My youngest son and I went out Christmas light looking – this old bridged seemed like a great thing to shoot until the rush of others came across it. But while that was happening I got a vision in my head (not that of sugar plums silly) and this photo is the result of that. This is a way over done extreme edit that I dont normally go except certain situations and this is one of them. Feel free to leave a comment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!by Chris Lehman
Where is the snow and junk???
So it is Christmas, but here in Ohio someone has forgotten to tell mother nature that we would like to have some snow and stuff…I really love this time of year and with it I would really like to have some cold and snow. I love hot fires in the buck stove, looking outside and seeing snow and frost – all things that go with Christmas time. I am going to do something a little different today and post a couple shots in here you dont mind do you?
Today’s Photo – Christmas Wonderland
There is this great historic place called Clifton Mill that most people from this area know about. Me and my youngest son went there last night and had a great time. We got there early and it was rainy so we waited for it to stop and then went in. Though we should have checked the website first – the lights dont come on until 6pm my idea was to get there early and take dramatic shots of the clouds etc – well that was completely foiled. I am going to have to talk with them really nicely and see if I am able to get them to turn them on early just for me :-D. So anyways the two shots – one of the “program” they hand out and one of the mill and lights. I love going to this place and will back again to shoot more of it. Also as a reminder you can click on any of them images to go to my portfolio and see larger sizes.
Today’s photo – Christmas Lights
While shooting with my buddy Jeremi we came across this great scene. So as I shot this he decided to shoot this happy couple on their two week anniversary…now one part of me says – wait he was shooting something that can make him money and I shot only this…but then I look at it and think – I hope someone buys this to hand on their wall :)
I think that this one looks so much better than than the Nations tree in Washington which I got to see while traveling as well. Thoughts?by Chris Lehman
So randomness is something that when you write you grow accustomed to. Though sometimes the randomness gets a little bit to random to make sense out of the random thoughts that often come out randomly… see what I did there – totally random….carry on :)
Today’s Photo – Dark of the night
All so often I look for very dramatic scenes. Clouds, sunrises, sunsets, rain etc. All to often this makes me pass up a lot of good shots that I would not normally take. I remember going to shoot this church and I was rushing to find it and beat the sun going down on me. When I got there there was a wedding that was finishing and I had to wait or crash the wedding…
So I had beat the sunset, there were not any dramatic clouds or anything and I sat there getting uptight about the sun going down while waiting on the wedding to clear out I thought to myself well this is going to stink, I made it here, beat the sunset, ready to shoot and now I am watching the sun go down, blue hour quickly fading and I am not going to get to shoot this awesome place.
So after the wedding cleared out I walked around looking at different angles seeing if I could actually get any decent shots. I came up with this one and I am glad that stuck around to shoot it even though it was not what I had planned.by Chris Lehman
Dont forget to enter the contest in the last post!!
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Today’s photo – Star light star bright
So this photo – I remember really well. It is special to me because I actually was out shooting and drug my mom out with me. She was more excited than I was I think to be out and spending time together. She never complained or rushed me for time and we enjoyed making jokes and talking and also shooting photos of this and that. I made this to look as painterly as I could but still keeping enough in there to show some detail. I always want to learn to shoot new things and this was the first time that I shot the stars in a landscape. I cant wait to get out and shoot this type of thing again.
Win a free print!!
For the Christmas season I wanted to give away a free print up to 12×18. Read below and see if you spy what I spied in this frame. I will give this a week and then enter all the correct answers in to a drawing and the winner will receive a free print of their choice from my gallery of favorites. Comments must be must be left on the blog here.
Today’s Photo – Thankful
We are in the season of one of the most iconic celebrations in the world – Christmas. And as I reflect back on Christmas it makes me think of the most iconic event to many folks – Easter. I remember going to the cemetery where many of my family is resting – kind of morbid and sad I know – but it is a part of life that no one can escape.
So enough of that – this photo is a reflection of Thanksgiving to me – I am thankful for it – are you? I remember sitting there framing this shot and I noticed something very unique – what do you see? Is it the same thing that I see? Leave a comment, if it is correct you will be entered in to the drawing for a free print as stated above :)by Chris Lehman
Yikes – Sorry about that!
Well, I kind of lost track of posting daily photos…the last few weeks have been crazy to say the least. However I am back now and hope to get a few in the queue and ready to post. Holidays trip up everyone’s time – I will try to get back on posting dailyish <----- yes that is a made up word by Moi :)
Today’s Photo – Life is Good
So me and my buddy Jeremi decided to go out and shoot at night the other night and shoot…well I decided to go and nudged him in to coming with me. We went to a near by outdoor shopping center where they had decorated for Christmas (my tied for first favorite time to shoot) which I will post some of later. While we were walking around and shooting there was a guy walking around that asked us a number of questions and asked if it was okay to shoot us – I dont recall his name though I do have it in my iPhone (note to self Chris – Email dude)
Anyways I am way off on a tangent here, so I was setting up to shoot a shot had my tripod and camera mounted in the middle of the street shooting and on the last shot a car came down the road (the nerve of them!!!) and I had to pull the tripod mid shoot of a long exposure that made it look crazy. Anyways I got back to the sidewalk and setup for this shot that I thought was going to be meh – you be the judge. I originally thought that it would look great in full color as I usually like popping colors. But I just felt like this one should be BW and so I did the unthinkable and converted it. I might post the color version as well at some point. Anyways – here is the shot, hope you enjoy.by Chris Lehman
Today’s photo – Green Bridge
Not much to say today – it is currently quiet time for me and I trying to figure out what to do with myself….