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A fellow photographer friend of mine knows some really good triathletes and has been asked to take some photos of them before. So on Sunday we couldn’t resist and took the opportunity to try out some different shots than what you would normally see from a triathlon race. Now it helps, that this was a training session and not an official “race” as normally you cannot drive your vehicle on the same course the riders are on. We wanted to achieve something different and avoid that “cat in the headlights” sort of image and capture a bit of what the triathletes are feeling; the heat, the wind, the pain. In some ways, I think we achieved just that, some of my photos were just painful and some were hot, but that is what trying new stuff is all about; ideas, incorrect exposures, even failure with the odd image that is just magic.
I took some of these ideas a bit further in post-processing. I played with the either loved or hated vignette, desaturation, cross-processing, black and white and found some new looks for me that I will try out some more and possible perfect or totally throw out. The real important thing here is that by trying out different techniques you can keep your photography fresh and your work unique. There’s no way of telling when you might just stumple upon the next new look that everyone will be trying to copy.
Please feel free to put in your input, love to hear your comments and even see your work to discuss how some shots were achieve. Drop me a link or website address in the comments.
To the gang at PB3 well done and great training session on such a hot day
Well this weeks post is hopefully some inspiration for the other outdoor / landscape enthusiasts out there. I find myself on so many mornings at a very early time, after a late night editing, pushing myself to get up and go shoot. Sometimes I think I deserve a restful extra hour or two sleep other times the weather doesn’t seem to be agreeing with my plans. Well to get some great images, I find that you gotta be in it, to win it. What do I mean? Simply this, you have to be out there ready when the magic of light happens at your decided location with composition in frame. Too many times I have been asked by someone I know whether I was out shooting that awesome light this morning? Not often, but sometimes I find myself answering with a sad…. NO.
For example this morning, I woke to my alarm and could hear some splatters of rain on the roof of the house. My first thought was of extra sleep as it probably wouldn’t be a productive morning of shooting. But I couldn’t resist, I was up and looking out the window, but that didn’t inspire anymore as all I could make out was some thick cloud with no gaps in the sky. As my wife would say, “Let’s gooooo!” so go I did and again the weather broke to allow me some great shots at a location I have been trying to capture for a while now.
So I hope the rest of you photog’s were out there at your favourite place and capturing that great light, cloud, water and beaches that make the Northern Beaches here in Sydney so great. I also put an invite out there to anyone who lives in “god’s country” to join me. Yep, it is always great to meet new people and the motivation of joining someone to shoot will get me up everytime. Drop me an email or reply to this post if you are keen.
Enjoy the week.