Winter can be challenging for photographers in the Northeast. Especially if it’s not your full time job. As someone who works a 9-5 it’s very difficult to find inspiration to shoot. Many photographers also struggle with inspiration when they don’t leave their city/town enough.
The golden hour is frequently spent at the office and you can only go out and shoot so many long exposure night shots. And even when you do you’re freezing your ass off because it’s 15 degrees.
I shouldn’t complain too much. Here are some of my favorite shots from this year’s slow season. Many nights loosing the feeling in my fingers and toes but I’m happy with a few of them.
I know it’s only February but the sun is staying out later it’s warming up randomly thanks to decades of poisoning the ozone layer so it’s time to shoot. But time is still limited. I decided that I’ll start carrying my camera with me to work each day. Working and living in the city constantly provides new opportunities to improve my street photography.
First things first I needed a new bag. I prefer a messenger style bag to carry to work so I had Manfrotto send me out the Befree Messenger bag that would support both my work laptop/iPad and my camera and a few accessories.
Next I needed to make some efforts to get out of the city more. Any photographer, hobbyist or professional will tell you, you need to step outside your city/town often. It’s very easy to lack inspiration from your every day surroundings. I find that even in a city this happens to me often.
Last weekend I took a trip out to my alma matter Rider University to catch up some old friends and watch a basketball game. Of course I brought my camera with little or no expectations of obtaining any usable photo but for me it’s getting back in the hobbits of a hobbies photographer.
Next week I’m off to New York City for a week (work related) but I’ll be sure to have my camera with me in hopes of exploring some new opportunities to shoot a new city. One I’m not particularly familiar with and not particularly fond of.
By the end of next week I really hope to have some photos up here in another blog post to talk about the experience as well as update more frequently on Instagram.
Realizing that I purchased my original domain and webspace one year ago today it felt appropriate to reflect on why.
Social media quickly became a place to share every thought, cup of coffee, and/or photo of your pets/kids. That is a fine way to get a quick fix of dopamine but that’s really it. When you reflect on your “On this day” featured on Facebook, does it tell an accurate story about who you were at that time? Probably not.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Over the years I’ve curated videos compiled of the moments that helped make unforgettable years but even that to me wasn’t enough. Written word seems like the best way to record the specific details. Each word and phrase carefully premeditated. (For the most part when I’m not botching spelling and throwing grammatical errors like confetti)
That’s what brought me here. A place of my own where I can elaborate share thoughts, ideas, passions, phots, videos, and more. Regardless of how 9 to 5 your life might seem at times you are interesting. Social media has made it mandatory for us to keep up with “Friends”. Their news is blasted on what they call “news” and we addictively scroll through for the latest nonsense and memes. We rarely encounter original content let alone interesting stories about the people we associate with. Well if you want to hear my nonsense, I might share previews on those very social media platforms but I’ll make you take the extra step. If you’re truly interested you’ll know where to find me.
In the short year since I purchased the website, even shorter than that since my first post and 13,669 visitors later I’m still kicking. Over the next week or so I’m going to give the sight a major facelift, improve it’s mobile viewing, and the user interface.
I’m excited to get this baby revamped during the busiest time of my life with my 9-5, photography, grad school, etc. Wont be easy but I see value in the art of self reflection and what better way than to paint it all over the internet in permanent ink.
I hope that people will read this and start to tell more of their stories. I know a ton of interesting people, many of which I’ve called out in previous blogs.
If you think this might be something you’d be interested in I’d be happy to help you get it off the ground. I use WordPress for everything and it’s pretty simple one stop shop.
There are also millions of tutorials online to get a site started. Here is one I’d check out.
Live Your Dream & Share Your Passion.
This last weekend I was invited to come shoot the Marina and River stages of the XPONENTIAL Music Festival hosted by WXPN FM out of Philadelphia, PA.
Unfortunately due to some scheduling conflicts I couldn’t make the full festival but I’m still very excited about the acts I did get a chance to shoot.
Sure I had heard of this band from the Google Home commercial so my interest was peaked. To put it short the absolutely blew me away.
Dave Hause & The Mermaid
Philadelphia locals absolutely killed it. I was new to these guys but I am so stoked to follow them as they make their way back to the Theater of Living Arts on December 2, 2017. Please go check them out.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Jazz isn’t my specialty but good lord do I appreciate it. These may be some of the most talented musicians I’ve seen live in a long time. They played two sets the same day and brought a ton of energy to both.
What a captivating voice singing some of the most emotional and thought out lyrics.
I’m always looking to shoot more live music. Please contact me if you’d like me to come shoot your show.
It was a bit challenging as the lighting was very dim so I had to bring some flash into it which I hate to do for live music. Also the Canon 6D was really struggling to focus in such low light so everything was shot manually. Here are all the shots from the show.
Check out the latest WXPN article on Brackish.