We live in the freedom of the shadows from the past…
After using SLR’s and DSLR’s over the years you get use to the instantaneous-ness of pushing a button and getting – most of the time – the image you thought/wanted. Point and shoots have such a delay and now that smart/cell phones are taking over the process of taking a picture is not quite the compact moment we might want.
I got lucky today. Field of Hero’s in Westerville put on by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary group is up and running. This is their 6 year of this display. I don’t know the count on how many flags placed. Will get that info later when they have finished everything.
I’ve been shooting fun stuff on my Nokia 1020 and I have a class I’m teaching in a couple of weeks at the Orange Library on smart/cell phone photography so all of the flags make for a very powerful, colorful and graphic moment. Knelt down and tried to frame for a decent shot. Bright sun on any phone screen is a killer and today is a gorgeous sunny day with just the right clouds. Press the button and waited for the image to process – Nokia 1020 makes 2 files from the one image – and the result was enough to not want to shoot for the rest of the day.
Just the right moment…
Doing a good portrait takes a bit of time. You want your subject to be relaxed, you want to get to the time when you capture the essence of the person you are working with. The session should be light with a range of emotions that will give you a nice selection to present to your client. If all goes well the last part of the session will have the image you are looking for. Sometimes it is the last image. Sometimes the importance of the subject and their limited time allow only a few moments and very few frames to choose from. This is where skill, preparedness and luck come in handy.
Sometimes you have a difficult subject and not much of anything you do will change the who you are working with. Patient, perseverance and finding a subject they like to talk about are the winners.
Then there is working with a photographer. There is nothing to prepare for when trying to do a portrait of a photographer. They have been there, done that and you are at their mercy. Plan to shoot as quickly as possible and be prepared for most everything. The fav thing to do is a slight rocking motion to make focus impossible.
Then again, the first and last image could be great and well, everything in between is priceless. Call MasterCard.
I’m working on a video project interview photojournalist around the US regarding the changing landscape of photojournalism. Did a recent interview with Randy Dieter and Michael Keating in Covington, KY. Interviews with them were great and the portraits, well you be the judge… ;-]
Thanks guys, it was a great day…
Got to see a very good movie. Million Dollar Arm
While I’m sure that there is some artistic license with all the facts, well, it’s a movie and well done. Heard a review on it and someone was remarking on too much screen time for Hamm, but when you look at this film it really has 2 parts… getting the players from India and issues Hamm’s character was having. Stay for all of the film thru the credits to see the ‘documentary footage’ taken of the real players. And if you like any Bollywood while the music isn’t quite Bollywood over the top it is a great sound track right to when the file fades to black beyond all the credits. Lake Bell is easy to look at and I got to photograph her when they were doing Surface in Wilmington, NC. Alan Arkin has the least to do and the funniest role. The 3 India actors well played, looking forward to the disk release to see the background on how they got them into the pitching mode.
Treat yourself to a good time. http://movies.disney.com/million-dollar-arm
friend down in Wilmington, NC gets ‘centered’ by getting out and shooting… lovely photo in contrast… great images Lori!
Take one multicolored ‘parachute’ and a bunch of kids, mix well, stand back and enjoy. Last night while working – photographing – on Westerville Special Olympics practice over at Westerville Central HS I noticed a lot of color over in the corner of the field. WSO had all the ‘little’ ones over there with water games, ball toss and at the end they get to play with the parachute.
Fun time, great time… come out and join, support or volunteer…