Evolving photography...and how I shoot.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone is going to appreciate my images, my perspective, or my processing; and I'm okay with that. For those of you who are interested in my work, let me give you a breakdown of just how I capture (most) the images you'll find here and on my social media.
I can remember when I got my first metal print in 2016. I was so excited to receive it that when it arrived, I ripped it out of the box like a child on Christmas morning. Much to my surprise, I found that the image wasn't nearly at all of what I expected. A lot of different thoughts went through my mind. Some of the thoughts that went through my mind were:
"This isn't how I imagined this to turn out."
"Wow, that part is really out of focus."
"The colors are so over saturated."
I didn't completely understand what all was necessary to create the "perfect print," and to be completely honest, I'm still learning. Just like anything else in life, my photography is constantly evolving. Not because technology is constantly changing, but primarily because I have found my "style" and now it is just time to fine tune it with every shot. With fine tuning how I shoot and how I process my images, I am printing more shots that I can be proud of more so than those ones that I am constantly reminded of from 2016.
What sets my images apart from other photographers?
Nothing warms my heart more than when people see my work in person and they say,"Wow, look at the detail. It feels like I'm really there." When people say this to me, I have accomplished two things: they have connected themselves to my work and they appreciate how detail oriented I am. "Focus stacking" has become somewhat of a necessary habit, and quite the obsession, for me while I'm out shooting. I can be out for hours and hike miles to get one shot that may ideally take me an hour to capture. Why only take one photo in the time when I can take 50? Because for me, it's quality over quantity. When that image appears on the wall, I aim to have the smallest details draw people in rather than just one part of the photograph. After all, people are paying for the whole image, and not just a part of it, right?