These were taken on a day trip to Wimberly TX. I had been through the downtown area before but didn't have my camera and had always wanted to make it back to get photographs of the creek. So, I took a day off and made it happen (on the way to Beorne and then the San Antonio Zoo.)
I knew I wanted to do something different but still somewhat in the classical landscape direction so I decided on using a portrait orientation and went for a limited depth of field.
Between the first and second pictures posted here, you can see what a difference a small change in perspective can make in a picture. Always be on the lookout for how moving just a little bit can change your perspective enough to take a photograph from a snapshot to something you are truly proud of.
It really is a beautiful and peaceful place. I highly recommend heading that way if you ever get the chance. There are many local stores that sell fine art and hand crafted goods and it's a beautiful drive into the beginning of the Texas hill country.
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This was a moment I walked in on that just filled my heart with joy. The cat in the window is Brooklyn, a cat that we rescued just about two years ago. He is open to the world, filled with love, and can't wait to turn you into a new friend as soon as he meets you.
I am a big fan of Ansel Adams and have read his technique books cover to cover. This was one of the happy times that I walked into a situation and immediately had the image previsualized and was able to make it happen exactly as I wanted. I overexposed for the area outside the window so that I could balance the positive and negative space. I then raised the highlights with a slight curve adjustment to really make them white.
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I am fascinated by the idea of chance when it come to photography. With long exposures of things like fireworks or fire we are open to pure chance. Sure, we can do things to try to give us some control over the situation but, really, it comes down to luck. This photo was a 4 second exposure. There was no way for me to guess that the firing would lead to the shape of a heart. Just serendipity.
Most of my work is previsualized. I read the Ansel Adams technique books and put a lot of what I learned from them into practice. I find a great deal of pleaure in seeing a photograph in my head and making it happen in reality. The idea of shooting something like fireworks or fire in general is exciting in a completely different way. I have to give up a lot of control over the situation and just hope for the best.
For this series I varied shutter speed from .8 to 6 seconds and incorporated both camera movement and focus shift to achieve these effects.
You can see more of the fireworks series and some of my work with fire by clicking here.
As always, I hope you enjoy the photography.
If you have any comments, ideas or suggestions you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you.