Intention, commitment, and repetition can unlock latent abilities, and that’s how most of us come to realize that we’re onto something, but for some of us, that’s just not enough.
I’ve seen students do the work and put in the hours but don’t seem to get any better, and I’ve seen them experience some sort of sudden unexpected breakthrough which then fosters significant improvements in their work, almost overnight.
I came across a photograph on Instagram today that got me thinking about how different people will see (and photograph) a similar scene in a very different way.
The image was taken by Larry Cohen, and is a simple photograph of a remarkable event, but for all its simplicity, check out how well-composed the image is.
Hollywood Walk of Fame is always an interesting place to shoot. Here are some images from our January 19 Photowalk on Hollywood Boulevard.
Stupid bird kept moving his head! There were a lot of variables to keep track of. There was heavy wind and the woman’s hair was blowing all over the place. Also, the pelican was moving its head all over the place and when a pelican is looking sideways, you have a shot. When a pelican is looking away or directly at you its narrow head disappears into its neck and you lose your shot.
Well, this was a first for me. I was photographing pelicans, fishermen, and tourists (in that order) on the Fourth of July weekend in Santa Barbara, when I stumbled upon a boat crash about to happen, caught the entire incident as it unfolded, and became an unwitting witness in the ensuing civil case.
2017 was a very busy year. Photography is not my main gig and I was heavily focused last year on growing certain aspects of my business to run themselves a bit more independently which should afford me some more free time to do things like run around the world making photographs.
As a steadfast and general rule, I do not shoot the homeless. While some people can pull this off very well, much of what I’ve seen is largely exploitative or just a cheap-and-easy shot. The only times I have gone *there* is when I see an opportunity to serve a larger narrative. This time was different.
This is the 10th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Prague. Sandra the Firedancer. This woman brought it.
This is the 9th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Prague. Oh man..
What can I possibly say about Prague. This was my second time in this incredible city. This first post will focus on the Charles Bridge and the River Vltava.
This is the 8th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. I particularly fell in love with Kraków when I first visited the city in 2001, freshly engaged to Pausha and abroad for the first time in my life. Where the subject of Poland was concerned I was fascinated, and still am.
The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens is at the same time one of my favorite lenses and one of my least-used lenses. I use it to “bring the drama” and I get close with it. Here’s a look at why I love this lens and how I use it in my everyday work.
All in all 2016 was one hell of a year. As I do at the top of each year, I’m currently ruminating on what I’ve learned, where I’ve grown, and where my growth has maybe been stopped or slowed. I’m not a big fan of listicles, but I’ve got one here for you anyway. What started out as a list of 3 or 4 items that I have learned over the year quickly Tribbled into a list of 11 items. Let’s dig in.
The ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland: This is the 7th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic.
This is the sixth post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Oświęcim, Poland – A Trip into Auschwitz.
This is the fifth post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Katowice, a city with a dirty history cleans up its act.
This is the fourth post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. We popped into France for Dinner.
This is the third post in a series chronicling my 2016 summer photography project through Spain, France, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
“Working the Shot” is a pretty straightforward concept. It says that you you shouldn’t just run up to anything that catches your eye, photograph it and call it done. Instead, you should consider staying with whatever it was that caught your eye in the first place, and really explore that situation. Take multiple shots, move about the scene, explore a variety of angles and perspectives, allow something to unfold, and in short, fully document whatever it was that you observed and deemed worthy of committing to film, or memory card, or what have you.
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