I managed to arrange a couple of hours of free time on Sunday. I took my tripod, camera, CPL, car keys and left the house.
As I mentioned before, I don’t have enough available time to go somewhere and to shoot something. If I had some free time, I’m limited by it and by the that exact time of the day. I’m a bit sad because of that but that’s normal when you’re a mom of two toddlers. So, when I manage to go somewhere, I can’t be picky about all the other conditions that will potentially make a difference between a good and bad shot.
I can’t change weather condition and the time of the day.
So the Sunday was freezing. The day before and all of the sudden, was snowing . The snow came as a surprise because this winter was like no other winter before. It was like depressed fall. No snow at all.
I was thinking where to go and what to shoot in order to come home in time. I remembered, I’ll shoot some reed. Do you know those photographs of reed where there’s nothing on them except that reed and the sky? Well I wanted that. I know the right place and I’ll go there.
Unfortunately when I came there I realized that the reed is much taller then me and whatever I tried to do I couldn’t get a shot with just the reed and the sky. I had mountains in the background. I also remembered, in a harder way, that reed grows in wetlands. It was a failure. I couldn’t get a shot.
But… close to that place I caught this
Burned reed. Colors were beautiful. I crouched, got stabbed by some spikes, my lens got stabbed also because I couldn’t achieve the right balance, but I got the shot I like.
The other shot, the one above, you can see the reed in the background.
I was aiming for something different with that first one. I was thinking to write about shallow dept of field and that would be a good example. I saw that dried plant in front of the reed. Look at the shapes there, like beads. So, what we can notice here: in terms of shapes we have beads and we have lines in the background. In terms of colors, they are pretty much the same an there’s a bit snow there, just to give you some more clues about this photograph.
When I finished with photographing the burned reed, I headed to a lake. There was the first shot posted here. I shot a self portrait there and reflections in lake. I was done, had to come back.
I decided to take another route. I thought that I know that route but I wasn’t sure. Any way, it would be interesting and I might find some color to shoot there.
I noticed dogrose next to the road, I stopped my car and went out. I wanted some color and there was some nice red color there.
Even though there’s not much going on on these photos, they are pleasing to look at. Wont you agree?
Oh, I forgot to say this. Remember, I said that I brought a CPL? Well, I still have filters from one of my old lenses which is 58mm filter size. The lens I use now needs a filter of 52mm in size. So you can assume what I did when I was shooting. I held the filter in front of the lens with one hand and with the other hand I was holding my camera and shooting.
If you don’t have filter, maybe you have polarized sunglasses.
My point is. Take what you get, right now and right there and make something out of it.
There are shots almost everywhere around you, waiting for you to notice them. Your brain may need some time to look at the world trough possible photography ideas but it will get you there and you’ll be surrounded by photography potentials every where you are.
Oh, haven’t I mentioned, it’s Friday and there’s no snow left here any more.
I managed to get about ten keepers from my two hours Sunday walk. I’m satisfied. Can’t wait for another walk..