Get up early! Do it for a few reasons. I haven’t got up early in a while so when I did this past week on a couple of mornings I realized a few things. I realized how much I missed the peace and quiet before the ‘world’ gets going. It was so nice to be up and out the door before dawn and off towards the ocean. It was refreshing, soothing and invigorating all at the same time! As a photographer I would argue that early is the best light of the whole day. Yeah sunsets are nice (real nice usually) but a sunrise can’t be beat. At the beach the other morning were other photographers, joggers, walkers and just folks who drove up to the beach to see a sunrise. All of that was happening while you may have been sleeping. Get up early!
West Beach in Beverly, MA
And of course when you’re up early you should have your tripod. The light before sunrise will be dim so you want the best image you can get. Bring along a neutral density filter for when the sun starts rising and the light is much brighter as you may want to get that slow’mo look to the water if your at the beach. I adjust my ISO to get the ‘look’ I want usually trying to keep my aperture around f8 if possible. Sometimes I may go up to ISO 800 to get the slow’mo look I like (most folks wouldn’t think so if you’re using an ND filter!). I may drift my ISO down to 100 or 50 when it starts getting more lighter.
See what I mean? I stopped by these boats on my way home. Look how peaceful it was! So, ‘Get Up Early’ if you want to get great images. Oh, and don’t forget to take a moment……and just admire the view yourself!
Yup. it happens every now and then. Foliage arrives later than expected. And that’s the 2015 foliage report for you! Vermont as a state somewhat relies on foliage but in any given year it may be lousy or late. As a photographer you can’t let the bother you. Vermont is a great scenic state and one that has lots of photographic subjects to explore and see. So when you’re there and the foiliage is lacking go for other subjects like farms with cows, sunrises and sunsets, little towns, covered bridges and lots more. That’s what we did!
The Dogwoods of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just great to photograph and arguably one of my favorite subjects while there. Simple yet brilliant against the new green grass and leaves of spring. Hard to beat! Photographers will use every lens in their bag from wide angles to macros to long telephotos.
The many streams, cabins, scenics, wildlife, sunrises and sunset keep a photographer very busy! But I like it! Worth the trip for someone wanting to see one of our country’s most visited National Parks!
But you know what? I don’t always have my camera or any camera with me. My cell phone? Yikes! Do I really want to use my cell phone to get shots like this ‘Big Rock’? Ah, no. I have a few great cameras. They range from 16 megapixels to 36 megapixels. I don’t have them with me all of the time. Maybe I should. I splurged and got myself a small point’n shoot to have in my jacket pocket. And you know what? Without it I could never have got an image like the one above or the one here:
Don’t you just wish everything was perfect? Hmmm, maybe not you think. Perhaps that’s right.
Don Toothaker & I did some judging at a camera club recently and it’s something that Don really enjoys a LOT. And he’s very good at it. I like it but find it difficult to do as I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Yet at the same time I want to help photographers learn. So, I ‘judge’ on occasion. It’s something as co-owners of New England Photo Workshops that we know may help our business (www.nephotoworkshops.com) as well by enabling camera club folks to meet & interact with us.
We got some feedback from one of the new folks we had just met. He said that he now knows he needs to learn to evaluate his images better to improve his techniques to get sharper photos based on our comments about his images. He was going to take more steps to know his camera better and learn how to use it easily. He even went so far as to say that we were an inspiration and he thanked us for doing what we do.
How cool is that?!
It was and is “worth the trip” to each us when we get feedback like that. We love photography and find things like this experience really rewarding.
Keep shooting, have fun, get the shot and shoot what you feel….
Well, I’ve finally done it > started a blog for my www.robertmringphotography.com web site! I hope to talk about various things that will include workshops, photo shoots, images, how-tos and much more as I get this thing started! Stay tuned for blog posts along the way.
Other News is that I’ve created a new Gallery on my web site. I know. About time. But anyway I’ve called it Fine Art. And of course that could bring up another argument such as what is Fine Art? I’m not gonna go there if you don’t mind. At least not for today. Here’s the link to it if you’d like to check it out: http://www.robertmringphotography.com/gallery/fine-art/