I don’t know about you, but when I travel and see some amazing places I can’t help but feeling triumphant. It’s that joy you feel, when the nature reveals before you.Yesterday I had such a moment, when I saw this:
When I first started this blog it was merely to post my photographic work, but as time went by I realized I need to share my photographic experiences and mistakes with all of you.So here I am starting a new chapter that combines both words and images.
Today I am going to tell you all about my first Fotomarathon ever. Like most of you, I take pictures for fun, it’s a new hobby, but I want to learn more about it and become a paid photographer in the future. So the best way to challenge yourself is to participate in activities where professionals are involved. This might also have a downside if you lack confidence, but sometimes you have to be bold and go for it no matter what.
So after I found out about this photographic marathon, I took the day off, a pack of cigarettes (am not smoker, but they boost my inspiration when stressed) and a pina colada (also for inspiration) and presented myself at the gathering point bright and early. I think I was one of the first ones there, which is unusual for me, as am always last arriving at work. But that’s the difference between work and hobby. So I was given a card with my name on it, which made me feel very proud (because I had the guts to participate in a photographic competition).
After waiting for nearly one hour under the shiny sun and losing a bit of patience, while sweating my inspiration out, we got the themes, for the marathon. There were 4 themes we had to complete in four hours: Day Off, New Face, Street portrait, In & Out. We took a group photo and were off to find the best shot.
Here was were my trouble started. Instead of taking my kit lens as was used to them, since I shoot like 5000 shots in 3 months, I decided to go with my Nifty Fifty lens I bought just a few days before. Recipe for disaster is when you don’t know your gear. So my first advice would be to go with things you know best while in a competition or a paid photo shoot.
As for the themes, my brain functions just slightly abstract and so I chose to shoot things that aren’t as obvious. Plus I had a bit of a problem with light, because I decided to shoot in Manual Mode and I’m still learning. Somehow I forgot to switch to Manual focus and all my shots turned out to be different that what I expected. I couldn’t even see them properly so I went with mi=y guts for the choices.
Here they are:
Day Off (post office’s door)
New Face (town’s new face)
Street Portrait (That handful of cherries was for me)
In & Out (got it?)
Not the best choices, I’d agree with you, but I went with my guts. Here are some alternatives I thought about while deciding:
In & Out
Overall, it was a great experience and would like to try it again. Plus it was the first time I made street portraits so it was stepping out of the comfort zone for the introvert in me. Even ended up with a free kilo of oranges from these two lovely vendors:
So what do you think? I would like to know which of these would you have chosen. Did any of you ever participated in a fotomarathon? Would like to hear all about it.
P.S. Except for the last one, which I had to crop, due to a pipe which was coming straight out of one of the men’s head (saw it after the shot), all the photos are unedited and uncropped.
Our lovely home has so much to offer and many times, we forget to show our gratitude. Many times, we miss to realize that we are here only for a short while, and our planet will still continue its journey around the sun, after we are long gone. For today I wanted to surprise just that, Earth taking over after people are gone:
Photography is the word of the year for me. I never thought I could like something so much, to a point it becomes obsession. I dream about photography, read and watch lots of tutorials about it everyday.
Being at the begining in my photographic journey, I try different styles to see which one suits me the most. Next step will be portraits and wedding photography, just because I am bold and eager to try everything and not settle in a comfort zone. Bear in mind I own my DSLR from February and my bridge camera from Christmas. Here are my galleries on youpic.com and 500px.com:
I admire any kind of art as a mean of expression. Each art piece contains a part of artist’s soul and that is what makes it interesting. For today, I chose some street art because this doesn’t cease to surprise me: