A while back, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos (occasionally more – my bad!) from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Ellen at Potential Psychology. I hope you enjoy!
Like last month, this month has been intense and stressful and at times just a little too much. It feels like everything is just a little bit harder right now in so very many arenas. It is a stressful season, and I’m learning to do my best to lean in to it, keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep all the plates spinning around. I know this time will pass; it always does.
In the meantime, I’m taking photos, and this month’s 10 on 10 project brings you a day of photos. Like last month, I have continued to leave the house a little early so I can photograph the sunrise, but that is a practice that will soon come to a halt.
The sun is rising later. In the last month the time has moved back by about 15 minutes. That means that I’m having increasing difficulty making it to a location where I can get some decent views of the sunrise AND make it to work on time. These photos were actually taken three weeks ago or so, which means I was able to capture the entire sunrise. For the last week or so, all I’ve been able to do is catch the beginnings and then watch the sun finally break free of the horizon in my rear view mirror as I make my way to my classroom. (By the way – you can follow me on Instagram for my almost daily sunrise-ish photos)
I suppose that here shortly I will need to switch to sunset photography. I’m OK with that idea because the sunset is just as spectacular as the sunrise. The problem is that I’ve been using that photography in the mornings as a means to center myself and prepare for the day. I suppose I will have to find something to replace that. Or y’all might want to prepare for a slew of photos of my dogs…since they are a somewhat captive audience in the morning.
Ocean Springs Sunset
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography Club had a group shoot scheduled for the same day. It’s been awhile since I had made it to a group shoot – simply because I forget to check the events tab in the group on a regular basis. (I missed one the following week that was designed to help members with long-exposure photography, which is something I want to work on). I almost didn’t go to this shoot because I started thinking about all the things that I needed to do and just about go overwhelmed. I have a very sweet husband, though, and he told me to go. So I went.
(That little disturbance in the water there in the lower third of the photo on the left side? It’s an alligator. We all rushed to the rail to capture it but because I had my ultra wide angle lens attached to the camera, that’s about as good as I got)
On one side of the Inner Harbor Park, there is this marshy-swampy bayou that empties out into the harbor. On this side of the park there were lots of birds – mainly great blue herons and white egrets – but again, with my wide angle lens, there was no real way to capture them. If you look closely in the first picture, under the log sticking out at about dead center, you can make out (barely) a white egret.
The other side of the Inner Harbor Park is the actual inner harbor. One of my goals with the group shoot was to play around a little bit with longer-exposure photography. I figured that with all those people there, I could certainly get some pointers. When I say all those people, we had probably 30 people turn out for the shoot. I actually didn’t ask for much help with my photography but instead spent the time talking with another member who was telling me war stories about dropping an $8,000 lens…while almost dropping the full-frame rig that he was working with that evening. I about had a panic attack for him.
Playing with Post-Production
We also spent a long time talking about editing photos. He told me that he was in the process of re-editing a wedding he shot 10 years ago because the couple who had married was going to be coming back through the Coast and he wanted to give them so “better” photos as an anniversary gift. Then he told me that he’d been working on one photo in Photo Shop for about 12 hours.
TWELVE HOURS! For one photo! Holy Christmas! I was inspired, though, to play around a little bit myself in Lightroom, which is why it has taken three weeks for these photos to see the light of day.
Because a friend who regularly shares in my Photo Friday link-up, made a comment about how to adjust colors in the rainbows in this week’s photos, I primarily played around with the HSL slider using the Targeted Adjustment Tool. My goal was to make the colors of the sunset more prominent. I think the results were OK. I want to play with it a little more to get a better feel for the process.
This was one of my attempts at a longer-exposure. For this one, the shutter was open for 13 seconds. That reminds me that I need to get out my remote shutter release. For this shot, in order to eliminate issues caused by camera shake, I set the timer on my camera. My particular camera only has a 10 second timer so it felt like eternity getting each photo.
One of the things that I like most about sunrises and sunsets is how subtly the sky changes. You’re watching and snapping away and there doesn’t seem to be much a difference between each shot. Then when you look at them all from beginning to end, you see a massive shift happen. It happens almost imperceptibly, though. All of the sudden you look up to find the scene in front of you completely different. Those last three shots all happened within the space of about 10 minutes.
I’m hoping that this month there will be a group shoot to capture the Milky Way. I’d love to learn how to do that because it just seems so cool. I’d read somewhere that October is supposed to be a perfect month to play around with astral photography. Unfortunately, I can’t find that article again.
What are you working on with your photography? How are you hoping to improve your craft? Tell me about in the comments!
Now remember that this is a photography *circle*, which means that I’m only one stop on your photographic journey. Thanks for the visiting from Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid, and don’t forget to keep moving 😉 If you’re beginning with me, you’ll journey on to Ellen at Potential Psychology – leaving some comment love! – before making your way back to me. Our numbers are small again this month, so please make sure to make your way around the circle!