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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wedding'd Out

Saralyn and Tom
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This past weekend marked the 4th wedding that I've attended in the last 8 weeks. Between the weddings, bachelor parties, bridal showers, and the various holidays and family occasions, I've basically been busy every weekend from early February until today. Not that I'm complaining, mind you - it's been a fun year so far and I had a chance to reconnect with some friends that I haven't spent much time with since high school. It does, however, provide somewhat of an excuse for why I've been neglecting the blog here, and why I've been lucky to post 1 photo per week to Flickr. Now that I'm done with weddings for the year, I should have more time to shoot and blog about it.

Mr. and Mrs. Mendick
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A side effect of attending so many weddings and completely missing spring waterfall season is that my photographic interests are starting to shift. I will always have a place in my heart for gorges and streams, but I'm finding myself driven more and more toward photographing people. I've always enjoyed documentary candids of friends and family, and hanging out with them at 4 weddings gave me a lot of opportunity to take those kinds of photos. I'm starting to get an itch to do some street photography, and while I haven't quite worked up the courage to walk up to a stranger and stick a camera to my face I'm starting to "practice" without my camera. I'm also getting sucked in to portrait photography, something I used to have no interest in whatsoever, and even agreed to shoot my wife's cousin's senior photos. Expect to see some changes in the type of work I post here.

Kiss the Bride
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I'm not sure what my point is (or if I even really have one), just thought I'd give you all an update on how things were going. For those of you in the US and Canada, how was your long weekend? Any good fireworks photos or party candids you care to share?


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  1. You know, good photography is good photography, whether it's staged or candid, nature or portrait. Like you, I used to lean towards the former in both those categories -- you set up a shot of some lovely flower or gorgeous landscape, take 10 million frames, and edit to your liking -- but more and more I find myself taken with shots from the opposite categories. And I still love the carefully composed nature scenes, but my appreciation has grown to include the whole spectrum.

    (I just don't TAKE the photos as much anymore, lol.)

    In other words, I think it's a normal, natural progression, and I look forward to seeing your work from all across the board!

  2. Street photography is good for any photographer to do. It teaches respect and how to be fearless. I dabble here and there all the time - though I admit it's more difficult with an SLR. Had I the money, I would get a Fuji X100 or a Leica M9 (ok...that's a budget breaker there...a dream, if you will). But back to the X100 or other similar cameras...being inconspicuous helps. Shooting from the hip is easier with a rangefinder. And it seems to fit the medium much better.

    But I digress...

    Bottom line...progression is natural. When I started, my main interests were still life and landscapes. These days, I have taken more to photographing urban environments and ruins. I'm sure that will change eventually. Don't fight it...your heart wants what it fight that is creative suicide.

  3. Hm, I appear to have misrepresented myself somewhat with this post. I'm not really concerned about the change, just observing that it's happening. Portrait and wedding/event photography is a much easier field to make money in than fine art landscapes, so I'm actually looking at this as an opportunity to profit from my hobby and begin seeing some money go in the other direction.

    I doubt I'll ever stop shooting waterfalls and landscapes, as it's really just an excuse for me to go hike around and enjoy some natural beauty. I'm a little surprised that I've taken to the idea of posed portraits the way I have, since I used to have no interest in them whatsoever, but I welcome the new challenge and look forward to learning more about a different type of photography.

  4. Same thing happened to me when I took my month off from photography back in early 2010 ( and I've since found that it's really just that much more fun to shoot street than architecture or sunsets or what not. It requires getting to know your subject in a frame of 2-8 seconds, knowing how they'll react and when the perfect moment to activate the shutter will be.

    Oh- and there's the rush too. Good stuff.

  5. Funny how some time away from shooting can make you re-evaluate everything. Nice article, thanks for sharing :)