Sunday, October 25, 2009

Foliage Fetish Satisfied

Satisfied in a big way...

After getting rained out yesterday morning; I spent the time getting some much needed new gear. I picked a new heavier duty tripod. Long overdue, and in the increasing wind before the rain hit, my old one almost dumped over with the camera on it - yikes!!!

Today however was the payoff. For me; I go out every time hoping to have any opportunity to capture something like the image I am sharing here. The light in this image only lasted about three minutes before fading again.

Three minutes to capture magic... Three minutes that makes the early outta beds, chilly air, and sometimes wet feet all worth it. Three minutes that have you drying your shoes and looking eagerly to the next chance to get out and capture some more...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Headless Chicken

I know... this is a Fall nature image in which there are no chickens, headless or otherwise.

I am referring to something that happens to me occasionally when I go out to shoot with no exact plan in mind. I know I want to capture certain images like landscapes, bodies of water, whatever... except I don't have a real firm plan of location or time.

I wind up spending more time looking for locations to shoot rather than actually creating images. Sometimes I manage to find myself at the wrong spot when the light is just right. Or I find the perfect vantage point and I have hours to wait until the light will be good, great except I don't have hours to spend...

Not sure if this happens to you; but thought I'd share this frustration of mine. It's something that you wouldn't see looking at my images; but I am sure everyone has gone through it at one point or another. Just know that it happens, and the best you can do is make the most of what you are presented with and then resolve to try and not let it happen the next time your photo impulse strikes...

Have a great day! - Ed

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Pleasant Fall Evening

I wanted to share an image from my outing this evening. The weather was perfect for a little sunset "Golden Hour" shooting. The foliage is almost there; and thankfully we didn't lose to much of it during the past weekend's 'Nor'easter.

I started at Marsh Creek State Park, and then headed over to Rt. 322 and headed north.

This image was taken a little north of Downingtown, just off the road were open space is butting up against new developments.

While shooting sunsets, the obvious direction to shoot is westward. However; it always pays to turn around and see what that beautiful light is falling on behind you. You never know what you may be missing...

The sunset was at my back when I captured this image.

Have a great day! - Ed

Evening Stroll

Despite feeling under the weather today; when my daughter asked me to take a walk with her and my wife before dinner this evening, I decided that I would. Of course I grabbed my camera (this is a photography blog right?), as I usually do.

Most times when presented with an unexpected outing like this (however brief) I like to go the simple route. Instead of grabbing my bag & gear; I just take my camera and one lens, my Minolta 50/1.7. It is a great length for a wide range of images and with a max aperture of f/1.7, it is especially good at shooting in the lower light of evening without having to use flash. The other thing I like about using a fixed lens (or prime) is that you have to think a bit more on your composition and zoom with your feet.

We were only out for about 30 minutes; but it was enough to get the appetites stirred up for the chili warming in the crock pot. Not photo related; but the chili was great coming home to on a cool evening...

Have a great day! - Ed

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Unleashed and ready for Fall...

Here is a recent image from a family outing. Bach and Mozart are off their leashes and couldn't be happier! They are not the only ones enjoying the cooler temps and changing leaves... I too am hoping to have some opportunities to be a little unleashed myself as the Fall foliage season kicks into high gear. I am looking forward to discovering new vantage points to shoot from and visiting old favorites.

Check out my site for more images from this recent trip and stay tuned for Fall images and my Holiday Specials...

Have a great day! - Ed