Posts Tagged ‘black and white’
These images are from my archives. I was sorting through some older photo folders and discovered them – I had a Triste phase shortly after I bought Silver Efex Pro II. I often read of the usefullness of digging back into your library, but it’s not something I practice very often. I’m not sure why, because every time I do I love discovering photos filled with old memories.
I took these lily photos during a brief period of goofing around on a hike. Simple enough, but I remember the excitement and the kids’ determination to each get a lily for themselves despite the flowers being just out of their reach on the water. I remember the feigned flirtation (charitably given) that my wife acted out as I offered a lily to her. And I remember the next week that the lilies sat in a bowl of water on our bay window as the kids tried to nurse them into perpetual life.
It was over a month ago now that I photographed my first ever wedding. I’ve never considered myself a wedding photographer primarily because I’m not interested in being one. Still, family is family, so when my sister asked if I would photograph her wedding I agreed with the stipulation that she shouldn’t expect the full coverage and pretty wrapping she would get from a professional wedding photographer. I was willing to document the day for her and edit the pictures. She was ok with that.
In all honesty, it was the perfect wedding for a newbie: a few dozen close family and friends, no church, a simple and short ceremony which was outdoors and not under any funky lighting. I finally took the plunge and bought some flash triggers to make off-camera flash shots easier. The triggers worked perfectly. Not being tethered to my flash by a cable made the indoor photos so much easier.
There’s no fancy, trendy editing to the photos and, in hindsight, I see and remember so many moments I missed, but my sister is happy with the images as am I. It was hard to play double roles of both brother and photographer. I don’t think I held a conversation over two minutes with anyone because I was constantly moving trying to get more photos. I wouldn’t call it a relaxed evening but it was a learning experience and it was a challenge being taken out of my typical portrait photography genre – interestingly this wedding felt like an amalgam of portrait and documentary photography, maybe that is wedding photography.
I won’t be rushing to shoot another wedding, but the night went off without a hitch and I’m proud to have given something so personal and special to my sister.
###Some days are just dictated by their mornings.
Still playing around with my new iPad. This photo was loaded and processed solely on it. For those tech oriented and interested I’m finding myself using Nik Software’s Snapseed and Apple’s iPhoto quite a bit. Bouncing photos between the 2. If you haven’t tried them and like playing with mobile images you should look into them; especially for monochrome work.