My ideas on photography, images, and life!
We survived! The 2017 "Great American Eclipse" has come and gone. And it was amazing! If you didn't have the opportunity to go see totality - check out one of the many videos - like these from NASA. I was thankful to be able to view totality downstate in Marion, IL (shoutout to Illinois 4-H & Marion Miners for the best viewing location!).
This was hands down the most amazing thing I've ever photographed (and worth the brutal traffic - at one point we went 3 miles in 1-hour - a bug passed us - but it was worth it!!). For those of you interested in settings - I used a Lee 20-stop solar filter (removed during totality) affixed to my 70-300mm Canon lens. I bracketed 3 different exposures for each image to ensure that I captured everything.
Do you feel any different now? I do. The Eclipse changed me in some way. I am a 20 year old photographer who loves taking images. This event affirmed a lesson that I try to show in my photography - That through our many shortfalls, the world and the little things in life are amazing, wonderful, beautiful if we only stop and appreciate them.
Why don't we act like everyday is an eclipse? If nothing else, this eclipse shows that even something we take for granted (i.e. the sun) is amazing. Why don't we look out our window and see the eclipses of life?
When we start looking to the eclipses of life, we start enjoying each moment. So why not look up at the clouds? Feel the wind in your hair. Hear the birds chirp and the squirrels move. Enjoy the moment the sun hits your face or your feet touch the grass. Enjoy the everyday eclipses - when something ordinary may be extraordinary.
This is why I make images. To capture life at it's best. To give hope and joy to people.
So what are your eclipses? How will you enjoy them in the moment and remember them?
Thanks to all those who came out to the Liberty Arts Festival in Morris this past Saturday! I had a blast (won 3rd place overall!!) and talked with some great buyers, artists, and community members. I love telling stories with my images and I had a blast being able to share those stories with visitors. I would definitely recommend the festival - it is a fun time for everyone!
If you couldn't make it out or are undecided, take a look below to view and order some of my remaining inventory! You still get the same great images - I will even cover the cost of shipping or local pick up!
It is the greatest compliment for a photographer when you purchase a print - thank you for supporting my images!
Keep having adventures!
As always, any image can be ordered as a print in multiple sizes
I guess you could call this my photography mission statement.
With the advent of the technological era it can become easy to forget the principles, ideals, and passion of photography past. Photography as a field seems to have changed. We can take 1,000s of photos in almost no time at all. This can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because we can take as many pictures as we want. A curse because we often use this in place of critical thinking and truly composing a shot.
But why does this matter? I think photography should be something that we experience.
I propose that we don't think of ourselves as taking pictures. We don't take pictures - we make pictures. As photographers, we see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
What makes an image unique? What makes us different then your average uncle Joe with a camera? The difference between your average vacation pics and a photographer is that we've taken the time to think things through and find compositions that are both thought provoking and unique.
Photography is about the process. We hike up the mountain, keep our eyes pealed at events, even take the time to look around. We set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus to the optimal setting. Photography can open our eyes. A good picture makes the viewer feel something - not only because it is beautiful - but because they are seeing it through the eyes of the photographer and are seeing something in a way they have never seen it before.
So when we take pictures, let's not forget that we are making images. We dictate how the viewer sees what they are seeing. So lets truly soak up what we are seeing. Let's enjoy the moment - the moment of seeing true love at a wedding, the moment of soaking in the sunrise, or even seeing the family playing with the dog.
Let's MAKE photos - not just take them.