It surprises me that I can choose a recent photo and see my shooting style. Maybe it shouldn’t. But I can tell you a lot about my own personal style by telling how this photo came about.
When we decide to take a day trip, get out of Dodge, and do something fun for a few hours, my camera usually goes along. I have a nice camera bag that holds it and protects it, and has room for many more objects, but for now it is just the Canon Rebel with it’s original lens. At one point I was trying to take this camera everywhere I went and realized that is just not my style. Not yet. If I can fit it in one of my handbags I’ll carry it that way, but you don’t always find me with camera nearby. I travel light.
When there is an opportunity to photograph something new, something away from our own neighborhood and yard, I love to take advantage of that. This was a beautiful fall day, with so many interesting sights and sounds, colors, aromas, people everywhere, and lots of very appetizing food all around.
I have not had the opportunity yet to go with more than a couple people to take photos. That will change because I have joined a wonderful local photography club that works hard at finding field trip ideas. When those trips fit my schedule I plan to take advantage of those excursions.
Depending on the setting I may use manual mode, or one of the other creative modes. And at times I use full auto, but of late that is rare for me. I like to have some control over the depth of field, or the exposure. This image here was taken in shutter priority mode since I was in such bright sun light and we were among a crowd of people. I try to be flexible and use as many features of the camera that I’m aware of. Wow, do I have a lot to learn!
Of course, it’s all about the light. So many of us who take photos are drawn to it. Using available light is my number one preference. And if you’ve been following my homework here for Kat’s classes you’ll know that I am not opposed to using the flash when necessary. Either way, I try to capture images that best show the beauty of that moment, enhancing the light the best I can by how I compose the shot.
Everyday life. Ordinary events. Casual snapshots of friends and family. All these are my subjects of choice. One of these days I’ll try my hand at portrait photography, but even then it will be hard for me to pose someone. I much prefer those spontaneous points in time when you see the real twinkle in someone’s eye, when you catch them being authentic.
At this festival there were so many old bushel baskets filled with gourds, squash, pumpkins, turnips, onions…the tables holding them seemed to be groaning under the weight of it all. The colors, as you see in this photo, were bright, vibrant, just amazing. Just as there was an abundant harvest, so was there an abundance of color, made even more spectacular by the golden sun of a fall day. These baskets were behind the tables, holding more of the harvest in reserve, and I just took the time to shoot several images. I think I was actually in The Zone for a bit there…I lost track of all sound and all the people around me.
(Written as part of the Find Your Eye Course.)