Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Back So Soon?

I am really struggling with what the heck I'm supposed to be photographing now that I'm back to shooting but no longer taking portraits.  I'm used to looking at my surroundings to find good locations as backdrops for portraits.  I have no idea what I'm doing as I attempt to actually take photos of those surroundings! I've set out on a few outings recently to take photos of something, only to look at the images later and realize that they are complete and utter crap.

I am learning a lot about what I do and don't like to photograph, though.  Or maybe I should say I am being reminded, as the same applied when I was shooting portraits.  I love shooting when I have time to create exactly what I want with my photos.  I like being able to really consider my shots. I enjoy looking at my subject from different angles and experimenting with different options.  I don't enjoy photography as much when I'm in a rush to try to capture a moment before it is gone.  It feels too stressful to photograph things when I don't have time to fully study or consider them.  I guess to me it feels like the difference between creating and capturing.  I like knowing that I created great shots, versus just hoping I managed to capture them while things were whirling past.

I've been spending some time working through a list of exercises to 'improve your photography' that I found online.  I keep hoping that eventually I will have some photos that I like well enough to share on the blog.  In the mean time, I resorted to an old fall back for when I feel taking some photos, but have no clue what to point my camera at - Zoe & Lexi.  So, even thought it hasn't been very long since they were on the blog, I decided to share some new images of them. (It's a good thing they're so darn cute!)

My goal was to capture candid images of them, so I put on my longest zoom lens and sat on the patio waiting for them to wander out into the yard.  However, they had other plans!  They knew it was time for photos, and they never left my side.  So, I finally gave up my plans and opted to take more portraits of them.

They definitely did a lot better than they did last time!  I had a hard time narrowing down the photos, so I opted to just share a bunch of them...

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Michele Whitacre used to be a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona.  Now she just takes photos for fun when the mood strikes.
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