I felt that this one need to look antiqueish and mysterious. I also felt that I wanted it to be painterly with some texture and noise. Here is the image I settled on – I like it for now, yet tomorrow I may not…
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.
This one was really really fun to shoot. I did something different on this one, typically you find a leading line that draws your eye to the main subject. In this that leading line is reversed, I think that it worked in this situation and am quite happy with the shot. Rules are just guidelines and I think that it is good to try new things. I took a video of this – my very first behind the scenes video, however I did not like how it turned out so I dont think that I am going to post it. Part of the reason is that I took it setup in portrait mode and I shot this in both portrait and landscape and liked the landscape better. The other reason is I just fumbled around and it just was not good.
Anyways – I was shooting this, the kids were in the care playing their video games (which is great for keeping them consumed while I driving around looking to capture the moment), it was snowing like made, it was cold and the scene was just truly beautiful. So there I was all setup and ready to shoot my first shot, tripod down and sure enough – car comes and I have to grab my gear and run off the road. Then I got all setup again and decided to record a behind the scenes, then I decided I wanted to shoot it again in landscape mode and a couple appeared on the other side of the bridge slowly walking through and enjoying the winter wonderland. I waited them and as they got to where I was setup, the gentleman carrying a DSLR stopped and looked and said “WOW! He is capturing the…that is so cool!…” you fill in the blanks ;-)
Canon 5D III, Canon 17-40L, shot at F/11 and ISO 100, 5 shot exposure from -2 to +2
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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
A while back…
You might remember that I toyed with the idea of doing a behind the scenes video…well while this is not that, this is a kinda of behind the scenes video…but then again not really…you get the picture :)
so I could go crazy and ramble on and on about various things…however I am not going to – so enjoy the video and here is today’s photo :)
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.
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
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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.
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….
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
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 :)).
Have you ever tried to help someone and no matter how hard you try they just want to argue with an area that they have asked for your help on? It drives me nuts when someone wants your help then refuses to listen… Tangent over :)
Well, I have been traveling a bunch lately (for work not pleasure) – now that I am back I thought that I would give you a view of my ride most of the time while I was gone :). I took this while in the airport in Houston I believe. I was sitting there and saw it, and wanted to take it but did not have my tripod or anything. I got the camera out anyways and walked over there studied the scene for a little while people were looking at me like I was crazy. I ignored them and took a few shots, this is the one I liked the most :)
First Video Release??
Well, here is a short video that I did (low resolution for now, might upload an HD version later). The music is from a very good friend of mine Vince Gard – hope you enjoy it! If I was in a more talkitive mood I would bore you with a bunch of banter…lucky for you I am not :)
How often do you make plans then change your mind? I would like to encourage you to to follow through with whatever it is that you set your mind to accomplish. If you feel strongly about something, let nothing hold you back nor let anyone speak negativity to your dream. I have many things left to accomplish on this earth, I have a list of 3-4 things at the top on my horizon, I will pick them off one by one :)
There are many people that will try to bring you down, change your opinion or disagree with certain things. I have this happen a lot from things like as simple as what phone I feel is the best (errrmmm iPhone vs Android) to how I process a photo – dont get me wrong here some of the disagreement or negative comments need to be heard, but don’t let them waiver you on the core of what you feel. If you are going to grow in something you need to hear the bad as well as the good so dont take every remark that is not glowing as a cut down, rather hear it and analyze it looking for the intent of the comment. If that made no sense let me know and I will try to explain it in more detail.
Here is a photo that gets me back to my love – it is not secret that I love well done HDR (no, I am not saying that this an example of well done HDR – though I admit that I am happy with how it came out) and that I dont think that post processing is the devil – yes there are some that say you cant edit a photo. There are times (such as photo journalism) that editing a photo is not okay, however for the purposes of art I feel that the magic is made there. I have a very love and hate relationship with post processing – I could edit a photo for hours or over days before it is ready. A friend of mine recently gave me a great piece of advice – he said edit, edit and then edit 5 more times if you have too, the great thing is we can go right back to step one with the RAW file if needed to get to the outcome that we want and that represents us as photographers well. I may have put that in my own words, but that is what I got out of it. This came when editing a photo of a model which I dont do that often.
Not much to say about this one or anything in general today – I will say click to see a larger size – it looks much better in a larger size.