The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

As many of you know, my next favorite hobby to riding my motorcycle is photography. I truly do love it. Sometimes it’s about capturing that frozen moment and other times it’s a story in a single frame. What that story is, is up to the observer, we all feed our own internal barometer to whatever we look at.

For the most part I like to shoot interesting landscapes and of course motorsports. Which may seem like a bit of a dichotomy but each has their appeal for me because they require very different skill sets, lenses and camera settings to produce a successful image.

An Iceberg off the coast of Battle Harbour Labrador 2014 – I’m using a 80mm Lensbaby flat plane focus Tilt Shift lens at f2.8. This is an all manual shot and required me to use a tripod even though I was shooting ISO 100 at 1/3200

Shot at 150mm (240mm equivalent) ISO 640 f6.3 1/2000 I find for motosports you need to shoot higher ISO and shutter speeds but there’s a balance to maintain between freezing the action but still leaving enough motion blur to impart the feeling of speed. But the true focus of this shot is that the rider has pulled his goggles off because they became too fouled to see through after his tearaways ran out.

I’m no master of either type of photography by any means but I figure I’m good enough to create good images consistently and great images occasionally.

Which brings me to portraiture. I’d like to expand my skill set. But portraiture is a different beast all together as far as your subjects go. I could try street photography but it’s not really my bag as I’m usually drawn more to the buildings than the people.

Buffalo, NY – 2014 If you want urban decay, they’ve got it baby.

A sort of experiment in street photography…

A more successful effort but still really more of a landscape… I know.

So my biggest issue is just finding a good subject I can practice on. I pretty much know how I want to proceed. I’d like to use natural light. I’d like to shoot in outdoor locations be they man made or in nature proper. I’ve even approached a few people I know about doing this but so far no dice. Which is strange but not unexpected. These days it’s all about branding and an image is your brand if it’s an image of you but the object here is for me to learn a new skill, not broadcast an unflattering image to world. I too have a brand and poor work (even though I’m shooting for pleasure, not money) doesn’t do me any favors either.

If any of you other shooters out there have some tips on how to proceed here, I’d love to hear them.

Okay, now for a general news round up.

I’m closing in on my one thousandth book sale.

It looks like the skin allergy thing has let up and I no longer feel like tearing my skin off every day.

I’m back to working on the Reliance rewrite. The first revision should be done in a couple of weeks with the second one soon to follow, then it’s off to the Beta readers.

And as always, my thriller Devil’s Gambit is available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.

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