Today is the day that Christians celebrate the most important event known. I for one am very thankful for what he did.
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
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
Change is in the air
A while ago I decided that the next 10 shots that I did would be black and white. I really hate deciding something like that because I normally do not follow through with it. The above is case in point – I did not shoot 10 in a row that were black and white, however I have shot 10 black and white since then that I like. I have posted a few already starting with “I miss Ansel”, I am not sure what count I am up to but doesnt really matter to me :)
So what is the change mentioned above??
Well, I have been looking at a lot of photos lately which is where I draw inspiration from sometimes. And as I look I see subtle things and sometimes obvious things – one of the obvious is the use or non-use of HDR. Now I have mentioned before that I dont always shoot HDR however I do a lot of the time as I just like that style. Here is a sample of NON HDR’s that I have shot “As the water falls”>, “City of Dayton at Night” and “Another Spring View”. I think that I might (and I stress MIGHT – because I might not follow through :)) try the next 10 in NON HDR – we will see how it goes
I have always liked these type of shots – country, roll’s of hay and solace. I have never gotten to take one though until this year. This shots are not always as they seem – this looks to be in isolation of everything – but was it??
Meh, no banter today
Not much to banter about today, so I think that I will just post a photo and move on.
Went out shooting today – looking at things slightly different, this is a creative crop of a much larger photo (that I will post at a later date) – the crop was about 200% I think which means that 5D3 rocks in my eyes :)
Shooting a lot lately!
So I have been shooting a lot lately, not of what I normally shoot, however I have been have a ton of fun with it. I have shot everything from Weddings to remote control airplanes to babies however I have not shot ANY landscapes or HDR as of late??? I might have to get back to that real soon.
As I am trying to build this – whatever it is and whatever it is to become – if you have suggestions of things you would like to see shot please feel free to let us know. I cant say that I will take the exact shot if you are detailed, however I will entertain and try to shoot my best a subject matter or location. I never take a shot that someone suggest if they are detailed to it, I would rather get inspiration from hearing a location or subject and then shoot that as there are no expectations to meet. I also like to find things that most people would not think to shoot and try to make that artistic.
Today’s Photo – The looking Glass
This is one that I really want to go back and take again. After looking at it and processing it I really have other ideas for shooting. I cant wait to get back and shoot this location again – in case you are not sure it is Folly Beach – South Carolina.
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
I caught this scene in Austin on the G+ photo walk. I got there a little early (to make sure that I got a parking spot). When I got to the top with a few others, there was this young couple sitting there taking in the sunset. As I looked around I thought – why not shoot it now before the sun really sets? So I walked over, setup and got this shot just as they gazed at each other. A sweet tender moment. I normally do not shoot landscapes with people in them, however I think that this added to the shot this time.by Chris Lehman
One of my favorite artist is Ansel Adams – I know I am not alone in this. His eye and captures are mind boggling to me. I wish I had the BW skill that he has. Anyways, I was shooting this and thought that it would be a good BW, while processing I thought a lot about Ansel and as I looked up at his work that I have hanging I thought – boy do I miss him. Anyways here is a BW, I dont do much BW as I tend to like more vibrant colorful HDR. Hope you enjoy.by Chris Lehman