I suppose this is true for any pursuit, but there eventually comes a point when an activity suddenly “clicks” and becomes a full-on obsession. The latest for me has been cycling: since getting a new bike, I’ve been hooked on seeking and covering more pavement and elevation than I ever did during the combined 4+ years I was riding in the Bay Area.
Lately I’ve been helping out on a friend’s small film, which has effectively become an opportunity to develop my photo skills as I take behind-the-scenes images to document the shoot (so to speak).
Next neighborhood on the list1 is West Seattle, a place I wouldn’t mind calling home thanks to its numerous watering holes and Alki Beach. Shooting fixed is slowly making sense: I’m beginning to visualize what 35 “looks like” and am surprised at how close I’m getting when I confirm via the viewfinder. Still, that’s only one part of the equation and shooting street is going to take lots more practice, so to curtail a day of frustrating shots I changed the pace a bit and headed to a nearby park. Continue reading “West Seattle, Schmitz Park”
This place has been in my backyard since moving here, but it took over a year of being lazy (really, the coaxing of some visiting friends) to finally check the place out.
Almost ten years ago I vowed that the next big camera I would get myself would be a full-frame DSLR. After a lot of research (and vigorous protesting by my my wallet!) I finally made the jump, committing to the 5D MkIII as my weapon of choice. The plan is to go prime1, based on my (wonderful) experience shooting with micro 4/3 and fast manual glass these past couple years.
I figured the time to transition from beginner photographer to nascent artist is long overdue; might as well do it while I still have all this free time!