Probably my last trip for the year, but it was nice to get out of town for a few days and just shoot. I came home with a lot of images I'm really happy with and a couple new project ideas to put into motion in the next few months.
To be honest I really don't have much else to update haha. New job is great, I'm absolutely loving it despite being completely overwhelmed with what I have to learn, but it's all photography related so it's really not a chore to learn it. It's awesome to be surrounded by photo stuff all day.
Anyways, I really just wanted to share some of my photos, so without further ado:
I have a Diana lens with a EOS mount adapter (so I can put the cheap toy camera lens onto my professional camera body). I don't shoot with it much because it's prone to soft focus and vignetting, plus it's a manual focus lens and requires full manual control which - GASP - is not actually my preferred style of shooting. (Apologies to all you purists out there.) But it's nice to pull out and play with occasionally. I really got into a lot of black and white stuff this trip and I really like how the effects of this lens translate in a monochromatic photo, so it got a little bit of use.
I shot a lot of black and white stuff. Digital is kind of a weird game with that though; I always shoot RAW files in full colour, which means black and white conversion comes in post processing. Ideally, I know what the final black and white photo looks like as I'm taking the picture; I'm seeing the scene in monochromes opposed to the actual colours. It forces me to think more about what I'm photographing, to have a clearer vision and intent with each frame rather than just snapping aimlessly. That was definitely my focus this trip and I think it's part of the reason that I was so happy with some of my photos.
I have to admit, I'm really partial to sunrise photographs. Of the two "golden hours" (the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset), sunrise just has a stillness I like better. It's brutal to get up for, especially since I'm not a morning person, and especially since I usually forego coffee until the sun is well above the horizon. (It's really difficult to shoot with coffee in one hand and camera in the other.) But it's rare that I'm ever disappointed with the images I get.
Probably gonna be sticking around Calgary for the next few months now, at least until the new year. I am hopefully going to be able to spend some time on some new projects and local shoots though, at least between work and life. I am booking family and single portrait shoots for the fall/early winter, so if you're interested, don't hesitate to get in touch via the contact tab on this site, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Or just come say hi. :)