"Seeing" takes practice

October 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I've been blessed to make a living in photography since 1972. That was the year I photographed my first wedding for money. I was only a Sophomore in high school, but someone trusted me to capture their big day. I knew then that this was a great way to make a living and I've been doing it ever since.

I attend Hermitage Hills Baptist Church and gladly volunteer to use my photography skills for the church. I would be lying if I told you that it was easy to keep the content fresh. I mean think about it. I'm in the same building, with pretty much the same lighting, photographing the same people...doing the same thing! This past week I gave myself a challenge. I limited myself to using just one lens. The lens I selected was the 80mm Fuji Macro lens. The image above is one of the two Shure SM57 mics that are used on my percussion instruments. I've never had that lens with me so this perspective was fresh and new for me. I didn't turn it in with my weekly images because nobody else would care about it. (except maybe the tech team) But for me, it was fun to see what I could do in just a few minutes using what I had available.

Using the same lens, I decided I would frame Poly looking "thru" the mounting lugs of my congas. Focusing on him made the extreme foreground blurred and created little colors of distortion. I like this "in camera" effect and again would have never thought of this application for the 80mm lens.

When I owned a bike we rode with our FAITH Riders Ministry and these are some dear friends. I love highlighting their "colors" in the foreground of this photo.

The light from her phone provided interesting light on her face

I will be on the schedule again in a couple of weeks. Maybe I'll just take an extreme wide-angle lens and see what I can create. One thing is certain, no matter how many years you've been shooting, the "seeing" takes practice. And perfect practice makes perfect!


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