First off, I want to apologize for my lack of writing on my most recent posts. I haven’t written for a multiple of reasons… but I won’t bore you with my excuses because I want to focus on these images. These photographs go hand in hand with the daytime photographs, featured on my previous post (click HERE if you wish to view), because I feel they serve as a great compliment to the day drive-by shots. I love capturing these fleeting moments because I observe things I wouldn’t ordinarily focus on if I were just sitting back and enjoying the ride.
I was recently taught how to work my camera, while set in manual mode… I’ve tried to do so in the past but gave up after being frustrated for not being able to figure out how to change the ISO. So, thank god I had a photographer explain these things to me last week! What a difference you all are going to see in my photographs… or I hope at least. Anyways, I had to use manual focus as well in order to capture all the reflections you see in the daytime photographs… and no, they haven’t not been layered in PhotoShop… but I love that I got a comment reflecting how they appeared to mimic that effect. Love it! The manual focus allowed me to focus on the entire reflection… instead of the auto-focus confusing the camera because it couldn’t figure out what to focus on. I edited these with Lightroom, but when I say edit I really mean I crop them and maybe add a few touches, but I never layer or mask my images. I want them to look somewhat natural, unless I’m using that type of processing for a purpose.
I found my love for reflections while shooting with a point and shoot camera… somehow they turned out great (if you dig deep in the archives you will be able to find them) and I’ve wanted to experiment with my Rebel ever since. The photographs on this post were obviously taken at night… which was a bit of a challenge for me initially. I couldn’t figure out what setting to put my camera on… still learning… but I love these shots that were good enough to appear on this post! Maybe this is an amateur thing, but I still take hundreds of photographs in order to get 10 or so great ones. Anyways, I love a good night drive and it has been a long time since I’ve taken one. Or, at least, one that involved driving on the interstate. My husband’s two sisters live in McDonough, GA and there is a bit of a drive to get there from our house in the city. The lights and night-time ambience, of a night-time drive through the city, mesmerize me to the point where I feel compelled to photograph these moments. I love how a camera grants me the ability to slow time for a few seconds and absorb/ express all that I see and experience. And I love how a camera plays with lights when it is not held perfectly still. I hope you enjoy these photographs and, hopefully, you will feel the same thrills I felt while my husband drove us home one beautiful night.
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P.S. For those of you, who have been following my blog long enough to know my husband is playing in the United States Disc Golf Tournament this week, get ready for some upcoming posts featuring coverage of the event… so far, the first round didn’t go as well as my husband had hoped. He wasn’t the only one that had an “off” day… unfortunately, many high-rated players screwed up a bunch as well. But, there are three more days and three more rounds to improve. Lot of big fishes playing out there… I’ve never seen a course like this before… so many roped off, out of bounds, areas you have to avoid. I can’t wait to show you these holes! Anyways, you have some pretty awesomely crazy photos to look forward to.