Spring is Here!

Spring has finally arrived in New England. It can't be more welcomed. After the day-before-Easter snow coating, I thought we were done for. But, the warm breezes are here and winter's chill, I think, has finally left us.

Had a chance to finally get out and do some personal shooting and, at the same time, enjoy a bit of the weather, before it starts to snow again. Ha. Ha.

I found myself instantly settling into a practiced "routine" that I learned in school. I say, routine, not so much that it's a checklist, but rather a challenge: find a subject and photograph it in three ways/styles. Anyway you want.

The first two I did plain, but with different uses ofnthe light. In the first one, I used the sun to saturate the colors and give it a warm tone. Backlighting it and using a reflector to fill in the shadows gives it a more dimensional feel.

Hasselblad 503cw Imacon Ixpress v96c with 80mm 2.8 with 56mm tube; f8@125th 50 iso; natural light

The next one, I used a diffuser to filter the sun, which rendered it a more neutral white, cooling down the light and making it more even toned.

A different look, but not a different feel,

Hasselblad 503cw Imacon Ixpress v96c with 180mm 4 with 16mm tube; f5.6@60th 50 iso; natural light

The last one, I needed to do something artsy, to separate it from the others. The sidewalk provided the background and I waited for the sun to disappear behind a cloud to get the right light.

Hasselblad 503cw Imacon Ixpress v96c with 180mm 4 with 32mm tube; f4@125th 50 iso; natural light

I really love this image, We all see the same flower shots - high saturation, bright sun or bright diffused light - very much what you see in the first two images. What I love about the third shot, is it purveys a moment in time, a memory. It reminds me of lying the field behind my old home, barefoot and day dreaming, watching the clouds.

This exercise is a great way to open up and work your creative muscles. For starters, shoot what you know first, then shoot what you think others will want. Finally, shoot for yourself.

I'm willing to bet 9 times out of 10, you'll wind up liking the third shot best.