First Snow and New Challenges

WOW!  I can hardly believe it!!  It snowed in Seattle.  Most of us were thrilled–until we had to drive in it.  I had no problems with a 4WD vehicle–I became a rescuer of those stranded.  Snow always bring out the kid in all of us.  We can hardly wait to get out in it and play.  I am thankful that it lasted through Thanksgiving when all the kids were home.

Of course it is a natural time for taking pictures.  Sleigh riding, snowball fights–driving to the mountains to cut our own tree–in very deep snow.  I always learn so much.  Last year I challenged myself by taking just my 50mm F/1.4 lens.  I was so amazed and the beautiful and clear images I got.  I have a tendency to forget it has other apertures beside f/1.4 or f/1.2.  I use it so much for that beautiful shallow depth of field that is possible with it.  I was forced to use higher apertures to get the clarity I wanted for landscape photography.

This year I took my trusty 50mm and I also hesitantly brought along my new 70-200 F/2.8 lens.  I didn’t know if I wanted to get it out in the snow and risk falling with it.  But I braved it and got some good shots.  I need a lot of practice getting very clear shots from a distance.  I added the action factor and it was much harder than I had thought.  I forget to even check my shutter speed to make it was fast enough to catch the movement.  I got a few and it’s practice and practice some more.

The sliding hill in the back yard–waiting for a turn.

Giving a little help to get started.

Remember the kid from “The Christmas Story”–if this one falls I don’t think he could get up by himself–he’s wrapped up pretty tight.

Ready to ride!

And then there are the daredevils!

On to the mountains.  This is near Mount Rainier just outside of Enumclaw, Washington. The road was like this all the way from the bottom to the top –about 20 miles.

Both of the above images were edited in Light Room with presets that brought out the drama in the sky–they also tinted the entire image blue.

It is unbelievable how many people get to the top and tailgate.  Many just stop beside the road somewhere and build a fire.  So much fun!!Plenty of opportunities to sleigh ride.Ok–she refused to let go of the cookie while riding the sleigh and had to hang on with both hands.

 

A snow bunny on every hill.

The prize–a beautiful tree!

I get such creamy bokeh using the nifty-fifty.  Love that lens.

I listen to webinars, podcasts, and just look at lots of images –just to learn.  Please read the comments attached as there are great pieces of advice from other more experienced photographers just trying to help me get better.

Below are several challenges to help you improve your photography, I know I will be doing one or all of them.  If you have any new and different ones please leave a comment.  I  would love to know what it is.

#1.  Shoot the alphabet without shooting any letters.  Find the letters in shadows, the way two objects combine together, the way sticks or weeds interact–anything but the letter itself.

#2.  Shoot something as common as a basketball–in every  creative way you can think.

#3.  Shoot one color.

#4. Tape your viewfinder and look only at your histogram to check your exposure and shoot 100 shots.  Shoot from the hip, the shoulder, on the ground, high above your head. Don’t look at the images until you are all finished.

#5. Shoot with just one lens.

#6. Shoot at just 3 feet off the ground.

#7.  Shoot with a kid about 5-6 years old.  It will be fun for you and the kid and you will gain a fresh eye for photography.

Challenge yourself to do the things you put off doing or haven’t tried.  Let me know how they turn out.  Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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