Golden Hour is my favorite. The light does things that you just don’t see any other time of day.
She looks completely wiped, but if I were to pick up that ball again, she'd jump up and start sprinting down the park to where we usually throw. This dog is very rarely found without some toy, or bone in her mouth.
I spent last Sunday with my daughter up at Mt. Tabor and I love this image made just as the sun came up over the top of the grassy field at the summit.
I've been a morning person for as long as I can remember. Even as a teenager I wasn't adept at sleeping in and usually if I'm not out of bed by around 7 at the latest it ruins my morning. Perhaps that's why all three of my kids have an internal 6 am alarm.
For quite awhile, I've been fascinated by the difference in the internal clock from person-to-person. With basic browsing, it's easy to find scientific stuff to reinforce that it isn't just genetic and is instead far more connected to environment and behavior. But that doesn't mean I've been able to talk my wife into an earlier wakeup or my kids into later.
There really isn't anything quite like a summer evening in Oregon.
Emily and I spent a couple days on the coast to celebrate our 13th anniversary this weekend. Mellow and relaxing. This was taken right next to our hotel on a bluff overlooking the beach.
Right as I was putting the kids to bed, I happened to look out the window and notice the orange glow of the sun starting to descend. My wife was gracious enough to let me slip out of the house and I brought both a digital and a film camera. I took exposures 30 and 31 on the roll so I should have some images to share in the next couple weeks. For right now though, here's one that I really love.
One thing worth mentioning is that the time and the unknown are what kept me from really pursuing photography earlier. As I've mentioned before here on the site, I have owned quite a few film cameras. I mostly just treated them like a point and shoot. I didn't write down the settings I'd used or read books about Aperture, ISO and Shutter speed.
It's really too bad I didn't and yet, there's something that- at least for me- has made it accessible:
The freedom to fail.
I can take as many photos as I want and it doesn't cost me more money or time. I can try things I may never have attempted when I only had 36 chances. In fact, you could say that I've kind of gone crazy- taking many versions of each shot learning how to get the camera to do exactly what I want.
One thing that's been fun over the last few weeks has been the intentionality and the limited nature of the 36 exposures shooting with film. This time around I'm documenting every shot with an iPhone app called Pocket Light Meter.You just hold it up to the scene, choose a setting or two and then it gives you a suggestion for the third. Once you've got it composed, you click a button and it saves a snapshot with your settings and the scene to your iPhone camera roll.
I have already noticed that shooting with film has made me more intentional about how I compose and shoot with digital.
I'm so glad there's always something new to learn!