Trying new things…
Trying new things…
I met with a new client tonight. She lives in Trumpland around West 70th St and the Hudson. After finishing up I decided to walk along the river and get some night shots. It is a pretty night, warmish but with wind. Without a tripod, avoiding camera shake was problematic but I think I came up with a few good images. Before I left though I followed the mantra…(and this is the only “rule” I never break)… I looked down, I looked around, I looked behind me and I looked up.
Lo and behold.
“It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés that cliché is untrue.”
Sometimes you see a shot you just have to take even though you know it has been done…and done…and done. Some might even call it a cliché. The time I most felt that way was when I drove around Ireland. I kept stopping the car to get these really great shots and would put the camera to my eye and realize that I had seen this before, only the colors had been greener and the sheep more picturesque. I do believe that Ireland may be the most photographed country in the world per square inch. It is very hard not to shoot postcards there.
Be that as it may. I have that feeling about this picture. But you want to make your contribution.
This next picture is for fun. I felt like painting.
For the technically inclined…
ISO – 1600
Rough adjustments in Lightroom – saturation and white balance. Then curves and gradient in Photoshop.
I grabbed the bull by the horns, yesterday. Really took a risk and just decided to go for it. Grabbed for all the gusto. Took the path less frequented. Went my own way. Reinvented the wheel. After all, all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
To cut to the chase, the long and the short of it is…
I went to the river yesterday…without my camera! I thought I would try to see it with unmediated eyes. It really felt very odd. To begin with it took a while for me to stop looking at everything as if I was framing it. Naturally I saw several moments that I thought would make great pictures. Once I was able to relax though, it was pleasant and restful in a different way than my normal river meditation.
I will have to try it again some day.
Meanwhile here are three pictures one from each of the quarters of the year we have completed.
That’s a wrap.
I was still feeling discouraged today when I headed for the river. I had been there about 90 minutes and was feeling somewhat more upbeat, when I saw a tiny bird in a red berry tree. I spent the next 30 minutes trying to get a good shot of him? her?, who knows…
I do not have the right camera or lenses for fast moving nature photography but who cares? The hunt was exhilarating.
As I started home the wind picked up and the sun started down (it seems to sink much more quickly in fall and winter than in spring or summer).
As I stood watching I saw my Hallmark moment and had to shoot. – clichés are clichés for a reason. I find that the verbal ones mean something to the brain while the visual ones mean something to the heart.
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