creative juices keep on flowin'

So, after completing my first ever time lapse (!!), I’m really interested in doing more and figuring out what the best sort of flow is. Yesterday, I set it up at intervals of one photograph per minute - which I think was a bit too long. Overall, the time lapse came out okay, but I think I need a smoother transition. I ended up shortening each clip to only last 1 second in the final edit, and it came out… not bad, but I needed to experiment a bit more to figure it out. This blog has, at times, felt like a bit of a chore.There are mornings when I walk out of the house and don’t even want to take a photograph. Which seems so ridiculous and it annoys me so much but when I drive the same route everyday, I see the same things. On top it, it’s a pain to be photographing things when you’re driving in stop and go traffic. BUT - I can already tell that this blog is helping my creativity. Like the book, Big Magic, you need to just BE creative. I never would have taken time to do time lapses or put them together - they would just sit on my camera for weeks on end. On top of it, after I write these posts and edit some photographs or put together a time lapse, I just feel so much better. It feels so good to get this out and write about my process and trial and error and everything. I’m thinking about actually going back to a few series that I’ve worked on continuously and writing up some artists statements. But anyway - here’s what happened tonight — 
Tonight I did it at intervals of one photograph every 15 seconds, one photograph every 2 seconds, and one photograph per second. I’m currently putting them together and will figure out which seems to work best in the end.

And honestly, I think 95% of my inspiration comes from Casey Neistat’s videos.

always people watching

Okay, so this weekend hasn’t been very busy - but I’ve fallen off the track a bit. I didn’t set up a post for yesterday and I didn’t even shoot anything on Friday. I wasn’t too busy to do it, I just wasn’t feel well. I had a really bad headache after work on Friday and just wanted to lay down and not even think about anything. So, while I slacked off a bit on Friday, I did get to shoot on Saturday. Now, granted, it’s 7 pm on Sunday night and I’m JUST writing this blog, but at least it’s getting done.

Yesterday was filled with the usual Saturday things - work in the morning, have lunch, and go out and do errands. We actually went out for lunch yesterday at Atomic Cafe, a local cafe that’s downtown. I really took advantage of the remote camera feature on the X-T10 and sneakily took some photographs of people sitting at their tables. Now that I’ve got the hook of it, I think it could be used as a great tool for street photography.

embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz

January 2

Today was the first full day I had with my new camera. So, naturally, I had to go and test it out. The camera takes beautiful photographs - the color rendition is amazing. I really enjoy the camera itself - it's compact, lightweight, and fairly easy to learn to use. There are still some things that I'm learning on but for the most part, it's pretty easy to pick up on. 

Below are some of the photographs that I took from today. We went to Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA and the landscape was just beautiful. It was late in the afternoon so the sun was starting to go down and the glow from the sun was perfect. I shot some landscapes, portraits, close ups, and tested it out in lower lighting. I can take a photograph at night, hand held, and the quality is great.