I’ve noticed it has become increasingly more difficult to get true candid shots while shooting with my 5D in public. Unless I’m pretty far away and shooting with my 70-200, people usually notice me and react in some manner. Reactions range from posing like they are in a photo shoot to turning the other way and ignoring me. Regardless of the reaction, 99% of the time I’m not looking for one. I’m usually looking to capture people in the environment with their natural expressions. I think my new GF-1 may actually help with this as it looks like a small little point and shoot instead of a big 5D with a massive white lens. I’m not sure if I’m not good at blending in (I’m 6’4″) or maybe people are just more aware in the city, but I need to figure something out.
This was just a fun experiment, but I thought a good way to get more candid shots of people would be to take shots from the hip. This type of photography was made quite popular by Hasselblads and Rolleiflex. Now, taking accurate shots when you are pretty much guessing what you are shooting and hoping that AF has hit the mark can be a bit difficult. I wasn’t expecting much, but here is one shot that I kind of enjoyed. Yes, I know the person isn’t in focus but I feel like that kind of adds to the shot. I feel like they just sort of popped into the frame and add to the candidness (is that a word) of the photo.
I finally upgraded to Lightroom 3 and I have to say Adobe has done a great job. Lightroom is hands down the best photographers tool out there…well worth the $. If I had to pick one thing to praise Adobe for, it would be their upgrade to the noise reduction tool. This new tool is AMAZING. No need to leave Lightroom anymore to deal with noise from high ISO images…it’s one stop shopping. Seriously, if you shoot RAW and you haven’t played with Lightroom 3, I suggest you download the trial and give it a 30 day test drive…I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
This is another shot from downtown Waltham, MA. I played around with cross processing as I’ve liked the results I’ve seen from other Flickr members. I’m pretty pleased with my first try 🙂
If you read my last post, you know that I recently go married. Luckily, we have the funds to take a nice honeymoon which means new places to photograph! In order to pack light and not have to worry about my big/expensive camera equipment, I’ve decided not to take my gear. This was a really tough decision for me. I love photography and taking pictures in new places is always so much fun but in the end I decided it probably wasn’t the best idea, here’s my reasons why:
1. I’m a worrier. If I took all of my gear with me, I would constantly worry about it. I would always be checking my bag to make sure it was closed and I would have the DEATH grip on my camera at all times. I would feel uneasy about leaving things in my room too. Also, walking around with the big white Canon L lens is just like shouting “Someone please, MUG ME RIGHT NOW!”. I don’t want to call any unnecessary attention to me or my wife while on our trip.
2. This stuff is HEAVY. I’ve walked around all day with my gear before and it’s not SUPER heavy, but it’s not exactly light either. Walking around every day for two weeks straight with all of my gear doesn’t sound like a pleasant experience to me…maybe I’m just a wimp.
3. Time. I feel like people that have caught the photography bug like I have will relate to this one. When I find something interesting, I want to take as many photographs as possible. I want to take shots from different angles, try different apertures, distances, etc. This all takes time. While we are going a way for two weeks, we only have a short time in each place so we do not have that much time to burn.
4. My wife. Honestly, I’m afraid that if I brought all of my gear, I would end up spending too much time dealing with photography instead of spending time with her. Not cool…it is our honeymoon after all 🙂 Luckily, I have an awesome wife that knows how much photography means to me so she (and my family) decided to get me quite the birthday present…see the section below.
Enter, the GF-1. I’m not sure if you’ve read up on the GF-1 or the Micro 4/3rd movement, but this little camera is pretty impressive. For those you that don’t know, the type of camera falls somewhere between a DSLR and a point and shoot…although I would say that the GF-1 is more like a DSLR with it’s controls and feature set. I’ve only had a chance to play with it for a an hour or so but I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. I opted to get the kit with the 20mm f/1.7 (which ends up being 40mm with crop factor) as I use my 50mm 90% of the time on my 5D. This is a pretty sweet combo. The camera is small enough to fit inside a jacket pocket but packs quite a punch. I think this little guys is going to be the perfect fit for our trip. The performance of a small DSLR with the size of a point and shoot. I should have pictures to share soon!
I just posted a few more photos of the park bench. These are actually some of my favorites…I just haven’t had the time to get them out of my camera and uploaded to Flickr. I love the bokeh in the second photo.
I don’t have a ton of visitors to my blog but that doesn’t really matter to me because I’m not doing this to make money or become famous, I’m doing this to document my growth through photography and share my experiences with others.
As faithful readers may have noticed, I’ve been very sporadic about posting lately and I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. Well, I have good reason for my absence…I was getting hitched! We are still in the process of winding down from the wedding/festivities, but I should be back in action soon.
Check out some amazing photos from the wedding on Seth Jacobson’s blog. Seth is an extremely talented photographer and quite and inspiration.