365 Days Of Great Pics Photography, #62
Here is number 62…
It’s all about taking mental notes. Not with all photography, but on a broad base you’ve gotta take mental notes and jump on the opportunity when it’s presented. Now, this of course is a learned experience, and it’s best taught in the field when you’re under a deadline. My deadline is having a photo up by midnight. So far, yeah it’s worked. Do I enjoy it? I honestly don’t know. Yes, and no. How’s that for an answer? Sometimes I love it, and sometimes…yeah. How do I stay motivated? By seeing things in a different light. By getting a shot by chance. Photo mags, they don’t impress me. I’ve never even looked through the first ten pages of a photography magazine, other than National Geographic (if that even counts, they tend to have interesting stories behind their pics). I’ll usually get a good feeling for a photo when the pressure is closing in, and I kind of suddenly have to get creative. That kind of thing. Like with this photo.
My mental notes tonight: “Cloudy, moon is out. Rain has stopped. Leave the shutter open, suck in more light, open the night sky. Grab that gazebo again. Pool surface is calm, good time for reflection. If you don’t screw up and hurry you’ll get the moon in there too. But you better get on it, because that baby is moving up and out of the frame at a sickening speed.”
How long for me to realize that this shot was affordable, doable, gettable? Less than twenty seconds, including shutter time.