Friday, December 23, 2011

Nature Puts Up a Fight

Let me tell you how excited I was to get up and go take pictures this morning! No sarcasm, just genuinely excited to go back to my new found "spot" and take pictures again. But this time I was taking the big lens with me and Tim for support! :) We actually set the alarm clock to make sure we made it before the scheduled 7:22 am sunrise.

We get to the "spot" well before the sun is to come up so we can scout out the best possible positions, which I took my place at the end of the dock so I had a better chance of getting any birds flying in. And then we waited....

and waited....

sun about to come up....and very few birds coming my way. Only two days ago this spot was littered with birds and now...barely any. Grrrrrr.....I even had the big lens!!!! Trying not to get down on myself and discouraged before the sun even came up, I positioned myself to take pictures of the sunrise, knowing the birds would show up. Nope! I got one good shot at a bird and I missed it:

It was a great sunrise and I managed to get some silhouette of birds but nothing fancy.

I left the "spot" with a new found respect of nature. Apparently, nature only goes on display on Tuesdays! Have no fear, the excitement is still there and I will be back next Tuesday! :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nature's Choice

After listening to a PodCast yesterday about getting off the couch and taking pictures, I decided to go take pictures this morning. Well, if we are being honest, Tim got up to take pictures, leaving me at the house, twirling my hair, and I felt guilty so I went to take pictures. I have been twice to this particular location but due to the amount of people I have decided that a "drive-by" was better then getting out of the truck to get quality pictures so I would return empty-handed. But not today. I was going to this spot and taking pictures!!!! It was early morning and the sky did not look too promising. But by the time I got there, the sky was perfectly unique and the pictures really got me excited. Here are a few of my favorite:

I have to say, it is mornings like this that I really do like photography and really get excited about the possibilities of it all. Although I am not all about buying a lens for bird photography (that Tim has priced at $8,000), I could get used to taking pictures of birds and/or nature in general. And it is kinda like sports photography....there was a moment when I was doing the whole rapid fire shooting trying to get the perfect picture of the birds in front of the sun! :)

Overall, it was a great experience and I had a great time. I could not wait to get the pictures back home and on the computer. This genre I will be revisiting in the near future I am sure!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Obvious First Choice

I grew up playing all kinds of sports: cross country, soccer, basketball, softball...and I am sure there are a few more I have missed. For most of my time alive sports have been the go to in my life. Now of course I have other priorities, but I can't say that I have done away with sports all together. I do teach sports medicine classes, Tim and I are always looking for the next sports adventure to go on, and we also have the understanding that our kids will some day play sports as well. Now we do not completely agree on what sport that will be, Tim likes hockey, I like basketball, but those are details that our kids can figure out for themselves (basketball!!)
Anyway, sports photography is probably the area that I have spent the most time during my short photography career. I do really enjoy the anticipation of the next great shot or the next big play but my problem is, there are some days that I just want to sit there and enjoy the game. Although nothing beats a great sports shot, I don't know if I want to spend the rest of my life taking pictures at sporting events instead of watching them.
Here are a couple of my favorite:

Obviously these kids are cute and I love taking pictures of them. At the end of the season, Tim and I will have trading cards made for each of the players so they can pass them out to their teammates. This was a big hit last year.

And then there are the big people sports....or college if you will. The speed of the game is much different so you really have to be ready to get that great picture. The focus is much harder to work so you end up getting more "almost good" pictures or pictures that are focused on the score table behind that player making that awesome shot. But, the chances of getting a great shot are much higher at this level, mainly because the skill level is there to make it look good.

So for sports, I think there is potential. One of two things will have to happen or maybe both: (1) I get really good at sports photography and the overall excitement of getting that great picture is better than the excitement of "watching" that amazing play and/or (2) I will have to limit the amount of games I photograph and make sure I take time to enjoy that first true love of my life...sports.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Buying in....Or at least getting there

Over the past several months, my husband Tim and I have been working on breaking into the photography business. Tim is beginning to narrow down his field of interest and has even made a few websites in the mean time. I, on the other hand, have danced around the subject of photography and despised the thought of having to pick a certain genre of photography if you will. Although I have made it to the Big South Conference page once, I am still looking for something to truly spark my interest. So,I have decided to try and do a daily...okay, weekly blog with a new picture or a new idea for each entry. My hope is that through writing and really critiquing the style and what I like and don't like about the picture, I can begin to narrow down my field. So here goes nothing!!