During my Maui workshop, I had a number of ephinanies. One of the key ones is to search for the light first and then my subject. Previously, I went running towards my favorite subject, water, without always considering the quality of light. On this particular morning, I wanted to elevate the magic of the golden light & used my 70-200 to really zoom in on the area that attracted me.
Using one of my favorite shutter speeds to capture water motion, .05 sec, I experimented with the waves to convey an ethereal effect with the water running off and between the rocks. I also wanted to ensure viewers' eyes can flow within a scene rather than being broken up by obstacles. I worked hard to identify shapes and configurations that lent themselves to this.
Speaking of obstacles, Steven Tyler presented a very unexpected one Monday night. Returning to this magical little spot I had found, I was excited to capture light like this as the sun was setting over a mini blowhole. If you've been following for awhile, you know I'm spatially & directionally challenged, which presents an issue when using a drone. After launching our drone & spending 5 minutes orienting myself and figuring out how to pan the camera slowly, I was pleased that I might capture the shot and not crash our drone into the rocks.
However, my plans were foiled when ST walked up behind me and said "why are you taking a picture of my house?" Startled, I turned to the peeved looking man and said "No sir, I'm here to take a picture of this cool blowhole and sunset". He replied "Then, show me your pictures". I told him I'd be happy to show him the pics, but need to land the drone.
That proved easier said than done....It was seriously like a comedy show as I tried to ungracefully moved the drone every direction but the one I wanted it to go. Backwards, when I wanted forwards, spinning it left when I wanted it to go right. During this 10 min debacle, ST is saying "everyone knows I live here and tries to take pics of my house." I replied "Sir, I'm sorry I don't know who you are. ____
To me, it was painfully apparent I wasn't paparazzi given the lack of grace and skill I had. Stay tuned for more 😂
¡Panamá tiene tanto que ofrecer! Ésta es una de las cascadas mas altas que he visitado en Panamá. Una belleza realmente. Y el cause de su río esconde mas cascadas y pozas increíbles. Desde ya planeando regresar
I’ve never been able to focus on anything specific on my visits to Ricketts Glen. For some reason I always do this speed run through there attempting to capture every waterfall and then come home with a bunch of so so photos. When will I learn my lesson?