I am lost for words this time…
This normally doesnt happen, I am usually able to pop something out except for when I am sick or have a made a mistake (which I dont tend to handle well – whose with me???)
Which is it this time??? You figure it out :)
While working in Austin on a Sunday, I took off for a few hours to get some relax time in – I had been working there all and on the road for a while and really needed to relax. I put on the headphones and went off to this super secret place that a good friend of mine recommended, the vast array of things that I was able to shoot there was just awesome. This is not a typical Chris shot, but hey who says I only have to shoot one style or one thing?? It is about “Capturing the Moment” – that is kinda my tag line for many things that I shoot.
Anyways – does anyone know what kind of flower this is? And does anyone see anything in the photo that doesnt pop out?? Yeah hidden nugget go find it!!by Chris Lehman
New challenge for myself
I am going to attempt, I say attempt because I am not going to miss a photo because of a personal challenge, to take the next 10 photo’s with a particular lens. I usually shoot the 17-40L for most landscapes and HDR’s – I am going to try a little something and see how it works out :)
Caught this little guy all by itself asking for me to capture it – I did my best :)
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!”
Well, here is another shot in the series to shoot non HDR and non typical Chris photos. Is this flower magical? Never know :) but to me it is inviting and soothing which in itself is quite magical.
Not a whole lot of banter today – I will just shut up and get to the photo :)
Found this little guy and almost missed him – another non typical shot of mine that is becoming more typical :)
What fun this has been!
You know they say that getting out of your comfort zone is usually uncomfortable…well not during this exercise! I have been having the most fun while shooting my non typical style shots. I might just keep doing it for a while! I might even branch out to other areas!
So here is another shot that I took this week – yes, I know I am breaking my rule – post photos that have been sitting a while. However I am having a lot of fun shooting and processing these things so why not?? Here we have the most beautiful butterfly known in my opinion: The Monarch. We have a butterfly house and I went at lunch to shoot it and came back with a couple that I liked – look for them every now and again :)
True to what I said…
Well, I actually stayed true to what I said – I said I would shoot non- HDR for the next ten maybe…so here is the first of the series – I will not post them all in order though – what fun would that be?? BTW the one before of the tree was not HDR either ;)
Today’s Photo: Warm to Cool
The last photo that I posted was warm and glowing with warm colors etc. I took this one and knew what I want when I framed it – cooler tones and peaceful. Here is how it came out…
Summer where are going so fast???
Is it just me or is summer just flying by fast?? We normally take a week and go to Charleston – this year we are not doing that, and though Charleston is my most favorite place to go, we have had fun around here. I can remember being young, and thinking man, this summer is awesome I get 3 months off. Sometimes it would go fast, sometimes it would seem slow. Now having kids of my own it just seems that we have so little time to enjoy and everything just zooms right by us. Kind of sad really I think. Enjoy your time as it is shorter than you think…
Found this little guy and chased him all over the place trying to get a shot. I have 3 different version of this photo and could not make up my mind which I liked better. I am posting one here and will save the others for later or maybe never :)
Dont know why I am going to go off on a sidebar tangent here, just skip to the picture if you want. Have you ever just sat there and wondered – seriously? Is what this person saying true? You know the type – you say something and they say one better and always have to get the last word? People watching is fun, especially when you see this happen from afar. Tangent done.
Still working on this, I was doing some test last night and I might be close to picking the new site design – what a big PITA though! A lot of work ahead. Tutorials coming as well as some sharing of others work that I like. Lots of exciting things coming I think. It’s never to late ;-)
This is the Mighty King Cobra – first off let me say that I HATE snakes. No matter if they are back behind glass or not, they move I jump like a started squirrel. I am trying to get over this, I will let you know how it goes.
I found this guy at the Zoo, he was laying looking at me like – Chris, if that glass was not there I would flare my hood and bite you, so go ahead and take your picture, I am going to glare at you like the BAD @$$ I am! No, I was not shaking the whole time…why do you ask? Anyways this was through some rather dirty glass, I kind of feel sorry for these things.by Chris Lehman
So what is your view of selective coloring? I usually do not like it for the most part. There are a few that I think look good, but not very often.
Did anyone enjoy that video about in the last post of the D800 vs 5D III? I thought about posting another, however it was not ear friendly…
However since I am a fan of music, I will post this one that has absolutely nothing to do with photography at all, but was kind of cute…
Today’s photo – help me identify this little guy…
I found this little fella out by the playset. I have no idea what it is and never have I seen one again. A moth of some kind I think? I can remember looking at him and thinking – hmmmm…what in the world is this thing? I went and consulted the google but quickly gave up. I chose selective coloring on this one for no other reason than I just wanted to :)
One of my favorite things about the spring is all the wildlife out and about. Though this was not taken last night (as my 365 fail) I looked at it for a while deciding if I should post it or not. This is SOOC (Straight out of Camera) with zero post processing. What camera/lens combo do you think this was taken with?
Are you ready for spring?by Chris Lehman
Ok, so I have to confess this is well beyond what I typically shoot – non-HDR Macro???? Chris, what are you thinking?? Well, I was thinking that I wanted to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and shoot other things. Not to mention that I got a great new to me camera – the Canon 5D Mark II (yes we know the III is out, I will have one of those), couple that with the fact that a good friend of mine Jeremi Blurton let me borrow a 100mm Macro lens. The camera and lens are both off the charts and I I am enjoying them beyond what I can explain.
So on to the photo – what we have here almost became frogger – you know that game of the frog crossing the road and getting spatted by a car? I walked out of the house to dump the ash bucket from the fireplace and darn near stepped on the little fella. I ran in told the kids to come look and grabbed my 5D II with the 100mm and shot this real quick before I lost the sun light.
This was shot at f4.5, 1/125 and ISO 2500.by Chris Lehman
When reading to my kids there is a story called “Paddington” about an orphaned bear. It is quite the story let me tell ya! In the middle of Sprinter (yes sprinter – cross between spring and winter because Ohio weather is redunkulous) it is more of a challenge to shoot things that I normally shoot and love to shoot. My good friend Jeremi hooked me up with some lights about 6 months ago – to which I have not gotten any stands – why you ask? Simple – Chris does not shoot a lot of things that need light. So while being a bit bored and trying to get out of my comfort zone I bought the stands and now am challenging myself to get better using them. It was also mentioned to use stuffed animals for practice as they are easier than finding models (though if you are reading this and want to model for me please let me know!) so I grabbed this bear – missing nose and all and quickly dubbed him paddington. Snuggle up – I plan on shooting a lot of things using these lights – not all will be good but I will share them so you track my progress. But I promise I will also be shooting what you are used to seeing me shoot – good old landscape among others and HDR. Until then – what do you think of paddington?by Chris Lehman
So, I will post one more thought of Spring given that it is feeling like spring out again today. One thing that I love is the site of butterflies. I caught this guy not far from my house – as in the end of my drive way :). The Monarch is in my opinion the most beautiful butterfly out there. It’s beauty is greater than the most precious stone. I will hopefully get a chance to get a few more of these this year if I am lucky. Take a moment and look around – God has littered the earth with beauty not far from you. I know photographers that travel all over the world capturing spectacular images – Trey Ratcliff, Scott Kelby, Alex Koloskov just to name a few – however those of us that cant travel and dont have photography as our main income – we only need to look around and capture life | Frame by Frame.by Chris Lehman
I was shooting with a friend of mine at the Siebenthaler Fen – he had this great 100mm Macro lens for my canon which he allowed me to put on and snap. I went there thinking I was going to be shooting landscapes and ended up shooting the entire outing in macro. I sometimes dont like to adjust on the fly what I am going to be shooting but this trip showed me that being flexible and open is a good thing.
Anyways we got to the overlook platform and while looking around there were all kinds of great things this spider web was among them. There were some bugs and such flying around and I was waiting on them to get entangled in the web but they never did so I shot it just like this.by Chris Lehman