Today my Pops (grandpa) gave me his old Konica and several lenses because he feels he doesn't use it enough anymore. It is a generous gift because I know he loves that camera a lot but he is passing it off to me because he knows how much I love photography. Because of this I decided to write about the type of photos I like to take.
It's no surprise that within my family tree there are a few avid and professional photographers. One in particular was a photographer for National Geographic for a number of years. So you are constantly told of his achieved greatness in the field which makes it a little difficult to break out on your own.
The family has been notable landscape, wildlife, and portrait photographers but I've taken a shift towards live music and photo journalism.
Concert photography to some is quite neat to look at (and fun to shoot) but to others it is just another photo of some band the radio doesn't play and their guitars. Most people don't realize of difficult it is to get the lighting among other things right. They look at my flickr and see the 5 photos I put up and go "that doesn't look like it is to hard." But in true fact I probably shot close to 500 photos that night and had to widdle it down to something useable to make sure there is no ears, hair, arms, or other appendages in the shot. This is difficult when there is dancing, moshpits, and drunk people.
I'm also looking for that perfect moment. Which is hard when it is a a band or musician I really love because you feel like every moment is perfect. Also sometimes everything just goes so right almost every shot turns out.
I like to feel like I capture a moment and not just a picture. I've always been fascinated by the photographs you seen in the news papers of war torn countries, crises in foreign and not so foreign countries. There is something to photo journalism where the photo alone tells the story and accompanies the article perfectly (for the most part). Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to be in the field to get these types of photos but I do often think of it.
When I was in Mexico in early 2008 I snapped a few photos that seemed like they capture a moment, a place, and a people. We were flying down a dirt road in a refitted Mercedes convoy truck used in a former war in another country when we came among a small town where the children ran out to beg for candy, toys, and school supplies. We obviously gave what we could but it does remind you outside the resorts Mexico is still a third world country where people still struggle to live and work. They are a people of the land who are proud of what they do and achieve.
In March I had the privilege to take photos on the red carpet at the 2009 Juno Awards. Where I got to take some photographs of Canadian musicians and celebrities up close and personal. It was fun and different from shooting at a live concert. It was a little more relaxed and a little more interesting to shoot around screaming teenage girls . I also got to meet Feist, Ed Robertson, Bob Rock, and many other high profile celebrities in the Canadian music scene.
I'm starting to take portrait and family photographs for a few people I know. It is a lot hardest for me to take these photos because posed photographs don't feel natural to me but I'm learning. I'm extremely critical of myself when I take these photos. I often feel like they didn't turn out as well as I hoped and planned but one day I'll get it right. Right?