Wow, where have I been?

October 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The simple answer to the title of this post is:  off focus.

So let's get to blogging!  Here's my disclaimer up front:  no accompanying photos for this post!  Sorry.

Why have I neglected my blog for so long?  There's a lot of reasons like we moved 40 miles south from our old place.  I quit one day job and took a summer off, then came back to the same client but with a different company.  My teaching career bloomed, then didn't. And now it's coming back.  I quit action sports photography...for real.  And just as 2020 looked promising COVID struck on top of an election year.

Why have I been off focus?  Simple.  It took me awhile to ween of social media to the point I only check it occasionally now.  I was hooked and in a dark place.  I had to get out of there.  My pledge is to use FB as a platform to share my blogs and highlight any recent activity for my photography work.  My IG is mostly iPhone shots around whatever I'm doing at the time.

Why am I coming back to my blog?  There's a lot to say about what I'm up too, what I'm thinking about gear, about events, and what I see going on in the photography world that I pay attention too.

The big debate in my head today about wedding photography:  color or B&W?  The more I use one of my Fuji's to capture RAW plus Fuji film sim B&W, the more I lean to the B&W jpgs straight out of camera.  I know one reason, the ridiculous colors and color casts of DJ lights and certain venues just simply detracts from the subject (the people!) in the image.  And when you remove all that, viola!  The people, action and expressions just POP!  Keep in mind, I normally shoot nothing but the highest quality Nikon glass on a Nikon D850 and that sometimes helps.  But there's magic about shooting in B&W and doing it on the Fuji is just special.  So I guess I'm going to always have a Fuji in the bag just to keep grabbing some of those.

So the real question that I'm sure I would get a straight 50/50 answer too is, what do you think clients would actually want in their album? I'm guess I'll hear 50% say color, and 50% say a mix.  I don't know if anyone would want straight B&W only.  But if those clients are out there, I'd sure like to meet them.  I'd like to hear their thoughts on why they prefer B&W.

I think after over 10 years doing this, and getting older, I think I'm just missing vintage photography.  I shoot and often produce the glossy, nicely colored work, but in my heart, I love the inspiration of a solid B&W shot.  One reason I gave up on action sports was the industry was moving toward high gloss, noiseless, tack sharp as they say imagery.  And my heart goes back to the big SI picture books of the 70s and 80s with bug grainy film shots of football players covered in wet mud and snow.  And then I read a couple articles or profiles of these dudes that shot wedding in only B&W.  I can't imagine how you could pull it off today, but how cool it must be to tell prospective clients, "I only shoot B&W,"  and still make a living doing it.  How cool.

Well, that's it.  The thought is out there, and I'm off to sweet dreams.  If you care to comment, please do.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  And, I'll be back here regularly, in focus.  Count on it, and with photos! 


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