Shooting, shooting and more shooting!

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Good afternoon everyone!

How are you?

They say if you throw enough mud at the wall that something has to stick.  I have been taking that approach this summer, shooting as much as possible.  Portraits, creatives, street photography, landscapes, cityscapes, sunsets, and trips to the zoo.   I’ve been shooting obsessively for two reasons:  To continually learn my craft, and to learn my way around new camera gear.

Photography is my creative love, but more often than not lately I found myself thinking about being a photographer much more than I have actually been a photographer.   Life gets crazy sometimes and my photography had been pushed to the side a bit by the day to day hustle and bustle.  This summer I made a firm decision to change that.

Also, I recently changed out my entire kit.  I sold off all of my Nikon gear and much of my lighting equipment and now shoot with a very small but incredibly capable Fuji kit.  I am a firm believer that the only way to learn gear is to use it over and over in different scenarios until you can use it in your sleep.  All images in this thread were taken with the Fuji X100s, or with the Fuji X-T1 and either the 18-55mm or the 55-200mm lenses.

I thought I’d take a bit of time and show some of the work I’ve done since my last blog post.

Let’s start with Portraiture:

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This is my friend Saige, who I have blogged about before.  She is a fabulous girl to work with, very dedicated to the arts and very hard working.  Saige is beautiful, and wanted to shoot some “edgier” images this time to diversify her portfolio a little bit.

Those who know me know that I am just a little bit obsessed with dramatic lighting when I shoot portraits, so I took the opportunity on this shoot to work with natural light.  It was a brilliant sunny day, with the high sun casting hard shadows everywhere.  This was a great exercise for me in finding, rather than creating, the right light.

Here are a few other images from the shoot:

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I had an idea for a shot based around the concept of those “inner voices”.   Ever the professional actress Saige was game to try something new, and we ended up with this:

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I also had an opportunity to work with my friend Nash, who needed some corporate headshot and lifestyle images for business use.  Nash is an amazing source of positive energy who has built a Yoga and wellness business from the ground up.

This shoot was initially scheduled for a great outdoor location I found, however we got rained out and needed to scramble…. ending up at Nash’s house later in the evening.  This was a great exercise in improvisation, using clear walls and off camera lighting to create a clean look to the images.

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This is Bryanna, a country girl at heart (clearly):

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Creatives:

Nash recently opened a new Yoga studio, which has this amazing lighting built into it.  When I saw it I knew I had to shoot some creatives in the studio.  Each of these images are shot with the camera on a tripod, using the backlighting to frame and shape the subjects.

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Landscapes, sunsets, and seagulls:

Before finding my love of portraiture I, like many, started my photographic life as a landscape and still life photographer.  Lately I have been returning to these roots, heading out on several evenings to try to capture that brief period of magic light that happens as the sun goes down:

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All of these images were shot with the Fuji X100s.  This little ranger finder is amazing.

And, life on the street:

Lately I have shot street photography in Vancouver, White Rock, and Seattle.    Street photography has become all consuming for me at times…. I can think of nothing better than traveling with a camera, getting lost in a city, and meeting people.

Here are some frames from recent outings:

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The light on that boy’s face in this picture is amazing.  Just.  Perfect.

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Oh, and a gorilla from the zoo:

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Closing:

I have several more trips and shoots booked already, and can’t describe how much fun I am having BEING a photographer again.    I can only imagine this is what it feels like to be addicted to something.  I shoot, edit, publish….. a few days go by and I need to get out with my camera for another “hit”.

I guess there are worse ways to find my pleasure.

Cheers,

Ian

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