Dream a little dream…
What are your dreams? What is it that if you could do you would do? What is it that keeps you from doing it? I have been pondering this question lately as I walk by someone who looks like they are having a bad day and needs hug….which BTW I am NOT a hugger!! But even so it makes me wonder about peoples dreams and aspirations and what keeps them doing the 9-5 thing daily.
One of my favorite times to shoot is sunset – the colors, the clouds the atmosphere it just speaks to me. Now I will say that Sunrise is equally awesome however I am NOT a morning person at all (there you have learned two new things about me). I took this photo 30 seconds from my house and boy was it a gorgeous night and sunset. As fall breaks upon us I look forward to shooting more sunsets :)
Where have you been??
Well that is a good question, going through a bit of a dry spell here and being creative in different ways. I plan on getting back to shooting soon though – there are some shots that I want to get before winter and cold get here.
I often get asked many times about how to do this or how to do that, how I made this image look like it does etc. I was considering doing a couple “watch me” sessions but that sounded way to creepy! I might do some tutorials I might not and just leave that to the pros. Then again it might be fun to do. I also know that a lot of people are super busy and dont have time for my blog stuff, so not sure if it would help anyone either. When it comes down to it – I just dont know :)
I have been noticing that my inspirations are coming from a lot of other great photographers lately but more than that from other arts and artist. I have not been into painting a lot but find myself in awe when noticing something that I have never noticed but been past 1000′s of times. Also I am getting a lot more inspiration from those that draw. This is super fascinating to me. While growing up I had the pleasure of knowing one of the greatest artist I have had the pleasure to know and view their work. I plan on posting more of this story later so stay tuned.
Today’s photo is from a historic site that my son and I were walking around at sunset. He was shooting as I was and as the sun went down we both looked over at this storage barn at the same time. My son said “DAD!!! Look at the sunset and it coming through the windows of that barn!! YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THAT!!!” I was not as in to it as he was, but thought, ok I will shoot it just for him. I shot it, dumped the card when I got back and completely forgot about the shot as I had planned to do nothing with it. A few weeks ago I went through my dumps (as I often do – more on that method and madness later) and came across this shot. I spent a long time on it, starting all over after ditching progress. Here is what I settled on, and now looking at it I agree with my son and am glad that he talked me in to shooting it.
Few and Far
Hello all, been out and about doing some traveling and a small amount of shooting. Mostly just spending time with the kids :). I had very scarce internets and it was so nice to unplug from everything and just relax. Though I have to admit I killed a lot of phone batteries trying to pick up a signal. Hopefully I will have a few shots to share with you when I get back.
The right feel
I had a conversation with a friend of mine that mentioned he loves photography but doesnt like HDR. He mentioned that it just does not feel right to him and that editing is where it happens.
I agree that editing is important though I obviously like my HDR :) What do you like? What feels right to you?
Today’s Photo – Sunset in the Mountains
I was in the place we were staying and my father came in and said – have you seen the sunset? I said nope, I looked out and saw this gorgeous sunset, though I was not prepared to shoot anything and had no location to shoot I grabbed my tripod and camera bag and raced out the door and into the truck. By the time I got settled sunset was almost gone and this is what was left…
This is from Crosby’s shrimp company in Charleston South Carolina. This was the first time that I really shot anything more than a snap shot from Charleston and think that it was a great trip. I am planning to go back there on a photography only trip.
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 shot of the Ravenel Bridge was taken at the MT. Pleasant Pier in August of 2011. We had spent an entire day at the USS Yorktown and took the kids over to the park there. It is truly a wonderful place and if you have never been there I would highly suggest that you visit. The entire facility is just splendid.
Technical detail – this was a handheld 3 shot HDR from -2, 0, +2.by Chris Lehman
While in Nashville, my good friends Vince and Heather got to spend the whole weekend together. It was a a great time and they were very accommodating for me – never complaining about me dragging them all over to shoot – for me it was an all around great weekend. I remember they both suggested that we go to the roof/lounge as sunsets sometimes are amazing there – this is what we were greeted with and they were right. As I looked up at the sky I thought about all that is going on with life and the sky seemed to showing things I was feeling, it is very hard to explain. Anyways here is one that came out of it. I hope you enjoy.by Chris Lehman
Well, I have not been able to get out and shoot as much as I would like, however I wanted to post a quick one from a few weeks back when I went to Nashville to see some of my good friends. This sunset was a beauty and I am glad that I got to witness it. I hope that you enjoy as well.by Chris Lehman
I was in a bit of a rut and had the itch to shoot but nothing really to shoot. I looked up and saw the sunset and thought – how beautiful! I had my camera and tripod with me as I usually do so started looking frantically for a good spot to shoot it. I could not find high ground and was headed home and thought about the public golf course and thought – well, I’ll try it. This is one of the resulting shots.by Chris Lehman