It’s been about a year since I bought Marcus. It’s been a faithful travel companion, and has withstand my clumsy hands. In this time, I’ve only been using the kit lens since I figured it’d allow me to learn the ropes. Well, recently, I decided it was time for me to outfit Marcus with a new pair of lenses. It was an impromptu decision, but I had done some preliminary research in the past, so I hit up the B&H Store in New York, and took advantage of their generous holiday sale.
It’s been months since my last update – the semester came and went, and is nearly over. And though I’ve done some light traveling in the past month, I must admit that I am starting to get rusty with both my blog-writing and photography skills!
I’ve sat down a few times to write an update, but each time I do so, I don’t seem to be into the subject I was writing about. I had some photos from Kansas City, MO that I was going to make into a post, but I just didn’t know what to write and how to approach the subject. I will probably write a photo-dump post soon to reflect on my (hopefully) growth as a photographer in the past year.
I can’t believe it’s already been two months since I last posted! The summer has taken me by a whirlwind, as it always does. Three months of scheduling freedom is more of a nightmare than a dream — I’m someone who thrives on routine. I like knowing when to do what, so long as I’m given creative independence.
Speaking of creative endeavors — I’ve been taking Marcus out pretty often, so I’ve amassed quite the collection of photographs. I would have updated more frequently (in fact, that was my plan), but every time I sit down to write, life gets in the way (but again, when does it not?). As I looked through my trove of photos on Lightroom, I began to play around with the black/white filters and ended up really liking the effect.
I especially love the way you can simplify the image and play around with the lighting to give viewers subtle cues. Plus, by manipulating the light curves, I’m able to create sharp lines and edges — two things I love in photos. A more aggressive style, if you will.
I’m still trying to learn more about Lightroom (I recently purchased the Creative Cloud Suite from my school). Since I’m more comfortable with Photoshop, I end up using it to put finishing touches on my photos. It’s not ideal, as I would prefer to have everything condensed into one program, but I figure it’d be the best way for me to get my feet wet with Lightroom.
I must confess, I’m not particularly proud of a lot of the pictures I’ve taken lately. I don’t think I’ve been as careful with the composition as I could have been. In previous posts, I’ve spoken about how I find photography to be a calming exercise; when I’m stressed, I like to take Marcus out for a quick spin.
But recently, it seems, I’ve forgotten my mantra. I’ve been in a constant state of restlessness — so much so that I’ve forgotten to take a deep breath and practice my patience. For the next month, I want to take more time when capturing my photos, waiting for the “decisive moment”, as Cartier-Bresson would say.
For now, here are some of the photos from my summer adventure in Cleveland.
I’ve got a few post ideas up my sleeve, and I’m really pushing myself to get a few more of these babies in before the school year official starts in two weeks. Until then, please use the comment box to let me know what you think and if you’ve been to any fun places this summer!