Monday, June 23, 2014

Fire Hydrant

I went for a walk around the neighborhood with my camera the other day to take a break from work. When I came upon this fire hydrant, I did the usual crouch down, shoot the subject at an "interesting" angle and move on. The "interesting" angle I shot this at was the same exact "interesting" angle I shoot a lot of my photos at, which really isn't interesting at all. I needed to try something new. I needed to break out of a creative rut.


After a few moments of thought, I decided to shoot this straight on with the road in the background. Ideally, I would have had a longer lens to achieve a narrower depth of field, but my 24-105 f/4.0 had to suffice. Though shooting a subject straight on like this isn't anything new, I rarely ever put that much thought into my composition. I wanted the lines of the road and the sidewalk to be perfectly parallel to the horizontal edges of the frame.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils

This is about the only use I have for colored pencils. Thankfully, my kids are much more creative in the drawing department than I am.

After several attempts with composing an image with more than one pencil in focus, I decided to use the other pencils in the can as the background instead. The pencils were lit by a single 580exII flash through a Flashpoint Q Series beauty dish with grid modifier front right.