and it made for a fun day of play!
If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.
It’s been a very overcast winter for the most part here in the Inland Northwest so when it finally cleared up, the night-time temperature dropped, scattering frost over the damp ground and trees.
I like to mix things up, change my lens, change my settings, change my position, and take full advantage of light conditions.
Having a few days of sunshine has made me want to play with lens flare and ghosting; using them intentionally to add a different element to my shots.
These effects occur when a bright light source hits the front element of lens creating haze and artifacts due to internal reflections within the lens.
Days like this one, shooting in a very specific way, are always highly interesting to me. I learn so much about the possibilities and have a really good time just playing with my gear.
It reminds me to continue exploring each and every piece of gear in my bag and to think about how I can present something differently from the person standing next to me. Granted, different is NOT always better but these times of exploration are invaluable and often lead to something new.
This technique reminds me of spattering watercolor paint from a brush onto a painting except with a lens you have more control. Although I prefer this image in mono I left it in color because the artifacts show up more clearly.
Take advantage of each day and whatever it offers and don’t for one minute leave your camera at home because you think that there will be nothing to shoot…