As we embark upon this weekend in which we celebrate our freedom, let us never forget that as cliche as it may sound, “Our freedom isn’t free.” God bless our troops who continue to serve on our behalf.
Sometimes the greatest shots come in the most unexpected moments and locations; like inside the car.
Lessons learned yesterday. 1) Timing the impact of a golf club hitting a golf ball is really hard. 2) The shutter speeds required to stop such an action are insanely high.
This is my nephew, Lucas. I shot this image a while back, and it is one of those images that I kept going back and forth on. On one hand there is a lot I like about it (the side light, the textures, the clarity), but on the other hand, the shadow on his face bugged me. However I have come to think that the shadows fit this image quite well actually. If I can get all “deep” and artsy-fartsy on you, I would say that the contrast between the highlights on one side of his face, and the shadows on the other, are representative of what it is like to be a parent. There are so many gloriously bright moments, and yet sometimes it feels like you are walking in shadows. In parenthood, as well as in this image, the light and joy of a child far outweigh the darker moments.
Ted Drewes is a classic destination in St. Louis. On any given day you will see locals and tourists lining the sidewalks, eager to get their fill of Ted Drewes’ famous custard. We stopped by yesterday on our way home from the Zoo, and as usual the place was packed. This is a location that has been photographed frequently, and the typical shot is of someone holding up their “concrete” treat in front of the iconic building. However, tucked off on the side parking lot, I noticed this sign and it really made for a great shot. It is always nice to visit a familiar (and/or over-photographed) location and come away with a new perspective.
If there is one thing I remember from my high school photography classes, it is the idea of the “decisive moment” – as Henri Cartier-Bresson put it:
“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
This photo, like my last one, isn’t technically great. The focus, the lighting, even the composition – they aren’t perfect. But, what these images do, at least for me, is capture a special moment.