For the 4th year in a row, I’ve led folks from a local online photography group out to shoot the 1st sunrise of the year. This year it was a little disappointing, so I used some Photoshop skills and added some elements. Heck it’s what I do!
Well here “it” is again and this year I’m already doing 100% better than I did last year. The “it” I speak of are photo challenges! You see, last year I had the idea that I could do a weekly challenge and be successful in it. Yea right! I actually made it the first week and never looked at it again! So, this means that I have doubled my entries this year. Hopefully I can keep it up!
A couple of years ago I was gifted with a seat in Kent Weakley’s “Nightime Photography E-course” and it changed the way I look at photography with the absence of light. Taking the knowledge I learned in that e-course I started shooting sunrises and sunsets, and that has become a passion of mine. I am one of the admins for a Facebook group in Nashville called Middle Tennessee Shutterbugs and one of our yearly outings is shooting sunrise on News Years Day. This year we had close to 20 people signed up for our outing, but the weather made it darn near impossible to shoot that morning. I decided to go ahead and try again on this past Saturday, and we were successful. Needless to say it was a little cold on that bridge at 4:30 a.m., but we survived.
Here are a few of my captures from that outing:
The shot above is a a set of 4 shots HDR ran through Photomatix and Nik color Efex Pro.
The color cast on the one on the left comes from the fact that I had a set of graduated filters stacked on my lens. As much as I like these shots, this is not the one I’m setting up as my entry into P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday. It comes from my trip back home.
As cold as it was I just knew the day was gonna be my chance to catch a shot I’ve always wanted. You see, we have this old train trestle in a park near my house. In fact, the shot I entered that won me a seat in Kent’s e-course came from this train trestle (click here). So on my way home, I made an effort to secure my favorite shot of the morning! So, here ya go, this is my entry into this weeks P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday!
That’s all I got, until next week!
Sometimes I just get lost, that’s all I can say! With the hustle and bustle of working a full time job, a part time job, starting a part time photo business, and trying to be a dad, I just get lost.
Well, that’s what happened over the last 8 weeks, I got lost. I decided it was time to move on from a Blogger hosted account and decided to jump into the frying pan known as Wordpress. Let’s just say this and get it out of the way, “Yes, I’ve said one too many bad words in the last 8 weeks over my site”. Wow, I feel better. Release and acknowledgement is really good for the soul!
But I do want to tell you what I enjoy about being lost. It’s the freedom, growth and creativity that comes during those times of abandonment. I know that does not make much sense, but hopefully you will understand. While creating my new site, I had to decide what I wanted. What links I wanted to include, descriptions of service I wanted to offer, basically the set up from scratch. I’m happy with what I’ve got, but I will tell you this, this site is going through growing pains and changes will occur. Puberty has come to the BIB-Photography website, and hopefully we will all survive!
Another thing I get lost in is editing photos. I love taking a sooc image and seeing what I end up with. When I first started this process, I received from pretty scathing comments on my photos, and it hurt. But over the last 2 years of my journey, I’ve come to understand that only one person needs to be happy with my art work. . . ME!!! Well except for the occasionally paying client, I’m the only one that needs to be happy!
For those that have known me and followed my photographic excursions, you know I love a good sunrise. Well something fun and wonderful has happened over these last 8 weeks. I am now leading a group of about 5- 15 different photographers out on the weekend searching for that remarkable life giving orb we call the sun! What a grand and glorious thing to see my friends eyes light up when they get that perfect shot of blue hour. Or when they figure out how to slow things down and blur the water. All this is because of 2 internet friends, without the help, support and encouragement of Darcy (Life with 3 Boybarians) and Kent (Kent Weakley Photography), I would have never had this experience! THANKS GUYS!!!
So without further ado, let me share with you some of my art/photos from this past weekends sunrise adventure.
Click on the photo above to view a slideshow of the images from this past weeks excursion!
So much for getting lost, I think I’ve finally found myself. Hope all of you have a wonderful day and make sure you check out the other entries in this weeks Sweet Shot Tuesday. Make sure you comment on some of the other entries. You never know how important your words of engorgement are and what they mean:~)