Sunday, October 30, 2005

different wedding details

I'm not sure right now what to write so it is probably best if I write very little. This is a dress detail from a wedding that I shot on Thanksgiving weekend.

Friday, October 28, 2005

carving

This is my creation for the mall jack-o-lantern contest. I've heard other stores are bullying all their customers into voting for theirs but I prefer a more laissez-faire approach. The design is, of course, based on the adorable rabbits in 'Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit'. I love carving pumpkins. There's something about the combination of the simplicity of the tools and the low expectations that makes it fun. As long as you are more creative than two circles for eyes and a menacing mouth you can feel like Pumpkin Van Gogh.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

bubbles

This is Matthew and Annie at their reception. This is probably the last picture from the reception that I'll post here. You can see more, including guests in costume, at my site. My pictures from the wedding that I shot over Thanksgiving should be arriving soon so I'll probably be posting some of those this week.

I got out shooting today. It was a very windy day so I'm not sure how sharp any of them will be even with my stabilization measures. It's funny because taking sometimes makes me a bit melancholic. I feel absolutely wonderful while I'm doing it but afterwards I'm more introverted. I think it is probably because when I'm making pictures I feel caught up in the potential of the world. My own potential expands and mixes with the beauty of everything around me. And then I have to come back, today because of my beautiful light dissolving into rain, to the rest of my life and it all seems so trivial in the face of what I had just been doing. Paying the phone bill is not nearly as ecstatic as trying to figure out how to best capture the being of the pounding surf. I'm also always reminded of the things that I've let creep in the way of making pictures. But no vows or pledges today to become super-shooter. To clear out the things that get in the way. Only to try and bring my goal into focus. I need to figure out where I want to be and how to get there. Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 16, 2005

learning to dance

Thursday, October 13, 2005

more details

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

table decoration

What I enjoy most about shooting events is shooting the details (as if you didn't already know that). It's the details that get the most attention in the time leading up to the event and probably the least attention during. For instance, when we got married, we manually embossed a letter 'g' on all the napkins for the reception. I made sure to get a shot of that because it took us quite a bit of time and they were just going to be thrown out after wiping somebody's mouth. Also, decorations generally don't move and aren't cranky about getting their picture taken.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Hands

Wedding Reception

I had the honour of shooting a wedding reception for two very close friends recently. My wife describes it on her blog. I'll probably post some pictures here and if you want to see more I'm going to incorporate a page for their pics into my website within the next week or so. I had a blast doing it and I'm pretty pleased with the results. I just got back today from Thanksgiving weekend in New Brunswick. The weekend included shooting a wedding for a couple of other friends. So I wait with bated breath for the verdict on those pictures.

Friday, October 07, 2005

That time of the year again

I grew up where the trees explode with colour every autumn. It's like they decide to celebrate the coming change into winter. Where I'm living now it's sort of just a slow withering. There are a few nice signs of change, the chestnuts dropping from the trees, but they're far more subtle, no vibrant display. No party to welcome winter with its innocent snow.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Critique Sites

One of the best ways that I've found to try and improve my photography has been to participate in photo critique sites. I really enjoy seeing on a daily basis the creativity that flows from photographers around the world. It inspires me to get out and shoot more. It also gets me thinking about what elements are common to the pictures that I like and what elements I would like to incorporate into my pictures. It's interesting to see the varied reaction to different shots, particularly the ones of mine that I upload. I've learned very very much from these sites and even though I'm more often a lurker, just soaking up the wisdom of others, it's a neat community to be involved in. The sites aren't without their flaws. Anything with a rating system inspires competition and hurt feelings. Nasty comments are often flung at people who critique without portfolios to back up their comments. People get kicked off. People voluntarily remove themselves. People come back with a better attitude after some time off. So, here's a quick rundown of the ones that I like.

Photosig - this is a very expansive site. Very well organized and judiciously moderated. The site with the most fighting but probably the most love there too. And, I once won a very nice Photosig mug.

Photocritique.net - The first site like this that I frequented. Not as nice to navigate but if you participate there is much feedback to be had. Lots of learning from there.

Usefilm.com - I don't check this site as often but when I'm there I'm often surprised by the quality of the images presented. Note to self, visit this site more often.

There of course are many many more, but these are the three that I go to the most. Then there is always Flickr, which is more of a community but you can get critiques if you seek them out.