Growing

Seattle Was Amazing

Last weekend I attended my first Click Away. What can I say; Seattle was amazing. During my time in Seattle, I was fortunate enough to take Jennifer Carr's workshop "Uncovered Beauty". One of the first things Jennifer shared during the workshop is to pay attention to our surroundings. I agree, we often times 'run' through life without noticing the beauty around us. On Sunday morning, I got up really early to shoot some long exposure images. It was the first morning it did not rain in Seattle. That made me so happy. After taking a quick shower, I grabbed my tripod and camera to explore sleeping Seattle. And I am glad that I did.

I so wanted to photograph the Space Needle, but previous attempts fell flat. Until the said morning. Actually I was ready to return to the hotel as I was getting cold and needed some hot coffee. (Can you believe that in Seattle Starbucks does not open until 6:30 on Sundays?!?). As I was walking back frustrated, I turned my head to the right. And it was...the Space Needle!!! I was so giddy that I forgot that I was cold. I walked up the street a little, set-up my tripod in the bike lane, and clicked away...

So, here is the shot of the Space Needle...and I am very happy that it turned out.

seattle-space-needel-sunday-morning

I am so thankful that I took Jennifer's workshop. She reminded me to slow down and look around me. If Jennifer wouldn't have shared this wisdom, the shot would have never happened. There is still so much I have to mentally process from this amazing trip. My hope is that will share more over the comping weeks on where I want to go with my photography. CM, I am thankful that you have put this workshop together

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)

Setting Goals

The people who know me for a while, know that I don't do New Years resolutions. However, I am all about setting goals that I want to accomplish over a year. This year seems to be different; I am actually driven on fire to accomplish better things in my photography journey. So, what are more goals in regards of my photography? I have been working through this free e-book "Beyond the Technical: Growing your Photography through Practice". This resource has been very helpful to me in regards evaluating my photography and where I want to be at the end of 2016.

One of my goals is to finally learn to shoot with the Marco lens properly. I was doing it all wrong...who knew? My first step in archiving that goal is taking another workshop. I am very excited about this workshop taught by photographer Tiffany Kelly through CMU.

But the workshop is only the first step of archiving better Marco shots. I want to shoot daily and get the hang of making some amazing photographs. You see, daily practice is one thing that we should do as a photographers.

My point: I always had issues shooting with my Lensbaby Pro - Sweet 35 optics. But last year, I took my camera and shot one afternoon with the lens. No swapping lenses. To tell you the truth, I loved that experiment and the LB - Sweet 35 has become one of my favorite lenses to work with. Yes, it is tricky and I still have a lot to learn, but it is fun to challenge myself.

Here are a couple shots that I took with the LB/Sweet 35 last year, and one from this past weekend, adding a Marco converter to it...

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LB/Sweet 35 - ISO 800 - 1/320

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LB/Sweet 35 - ISO 500 - 1/160

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LB/Sweet 35 with Macro Converter - ISO 400 - 1/50

Do you have any photography goals set for this year? If so, I would love to hear about your goals.

"Taking a shot every day is going to really train you to see better and look for great images, but if you ramp things up and challenge yourself by trying new lighting styles, different photography genres or post-production styles you will really accelerate your growth." ~ Gina Milicia

Thank you for stopping by today...Until next time, keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)