This Lensbaby project is kind of kicking my backside! I know I was looking for a challenge – well, a challenge is what I got. The most difficult part is focusing the little thing; I have a Composer, which is supposed to be one of the easier Lensbabies to focus. Having said all of that, I’m still having fun and I’m sure that the more I shoot with it, the better I’ll get. Here’s this week’s installment.
I’m a little behind the game on this project; my shooting opportunities over the last week or so have been limited, but here’s another “installment” with a promise of more to come.
I mentioned in my previous post that it wasn’t my usual practice to work in project “mode”. So, for the month of October, I’m going to shoot exclusively with a Lensbaby composer attached to my camera. I chose the Lensbaby as a project because I’ve had the lens for over a year now and barely used it, so this will force me to learn the lens, but also because I’m looking for a bit of a photographic challenge and I think this will provide what I need. To go a step further, I’m going to push myself to photograph more people – something I’m not all that comfortable with. The month’s results won’t be all people-related, it’ll be a mix of subjects. I’ll try to get two posts a week up here, so check back if you can.
Generally, I’m not one to photograph in project mode; mostly I wander around until I see something that catches my eye or captures my imagination and start shooting. I love the spontaneity, the trusting my instincts, and the anticipation of discovering some hidden “treasure” – shooting on-the-fly is very liberating and unconstrained. However, in terms of realizing any appreciable goals in my photography, it can be somewhat limiting, so I’m beginning to think in terms of projects.
The following series of images came about because the people who pass by my office window, which is also a photography gallery, will often look in or press their faces to the window to get a better look: a sometimes amusing glimpse of human behavior that I thought would be fun to capture. For a couple of weeks, voyeur-style, I shot with a borrowed Nikon D300 and cable release (thanks, Tim!) through the front window of the gallery. It’s a beginning to working in a more project-based manner and it certainly added an element of fun to my work day.
I love photography as a way to document, showing the realism of a scene or subject; but I truly love taking an image and processing it so that it becomes my interpretation, my creation. Painters, sculptors, and artists of all types bring their art to life through their perception of the subject, not necessarily the reality. Here are a couple of images that I had such a great time with in Photoshop. Filters can be so much fun!
When I was younger I believed that happiness was a destination; five decades later I’ve learned that happiness comes in moments, snippets of peace and contentment that occur and I’m present enough to recognize it, or on those occasions when I create my own moments. Last Saturday, I did just that when I decided to sit with a lovely book and an indulgent, fluffy coffee drink. The book is one of a seasonal series by Eileen Rafferty. Her Butterflies and Anvils books provide inspiration through thoughtful words and soulful images. Her summer edition highlights the work of Lesley Kerr, a young, gifted photographer and artist, whose images have a nostalgic, ephemeral quality so easy to get lost in and return to again and again.
Two weekends ago I was in Glacier National Park having an amazing time racing up and down Going-to-the-Sun road taking pictures of what is arguably one the most gorgeous places on the planet; this weekend I stayed home. Instead of amazing vistas and snowy peaks reflected in jewel-colored, pine-tree rimmed lakes; instead of big horn sheep and mountain goats, I sat on a large rock in my backyard garden and took photos of butterflies and bees getting after the nectar in my Echinacea and Agastache blooms. While the drama was definitely down a couple of notches, I fully enjoyed the experience.