Photography is all about having the passion to find something and make it into a photograph.
Whether it be a piece of nature, sports, people, events or whatever else, one needs to have some sort of passion to want to make the scene that they see into something that can last a lifetime or beyond.
But photography isn’t just about capturing a scene, it’s also about looking at something and finding the different parts of it and turning those parts into photographs to capture an imagination.
Readers of my blog know that I love my iPhone and I really dig the camera and the apps available to use. But, there’s something to be said about the traditional way of taking photos, be it a film or digital point-and-shoot or SLR. The idea of actually using a camera — and only a camera — to take the photo and go from there.
Over the past few years, I’ve been searching to get a camera bag that was a messenger bag. I found a Tamrac one before I got my backpack bag and didn’t like it, so it went back. I recently stumbled upon a Lowepro bag.
I’ve never owned Lowepro, but know several people who love them. I did some research, found a few in-depth reviews and decided to get one.
The $20 price didn’t hurt, either.
Since getting this bag, I’ve loved it. I’ve found it’s easier for me to carry my camera and equipment.
The other night, I opted to test it for one of the reasons I got it — for when I went out on a bike ride. It worked well. I liked the comfort of it. But as I settled in at a local park to scout out some cache locations, I started looking at my bike a little closer.
It was there that I realized how interesting a bike actually is, photographically that is. A bike has some intricate parts to it and that leads to some interesting shots. I wish I had a true macro lens as I think that would help things, but I used my 17-40 lens and it worked out well enough.
From the brakes to the gears to the handlebars and other parts of the bike, it’s really something quite fun to shoot. If anyone came around the park while I was there, they probably wondered what the hell I was up to. Of course, I wonder sometimes when I’m out shooting if people think I’m a little loony anyway.
But I digress…
I studied the bike a little bit and started to shoot the pieces of the bike. I took more images than I am sharing as some really came out bad. Again, a macro lens would be outstanding.
But this got me thinking a bit more about simple things and photography.
I’ve discussed photography with other hobbies of mine — such as geocaching — but I hadn’t really thought about some things like this. I’ve also discussed getting close or low to the ground, but for some reason I never put things together.
The simple things really can be a good way to see a hobby or an object. Such as a bike.
In the end, I spent a while looking for intriguing shots. To see what I could do with the camera to make something interesting, at least to me. The best part of this is I learned something and figured out a different way to look at things. Though I had used many of these techniques before, I never seemed to merge them.
I might have to try it a bit with geocaching and disc golf. Maybe even softball.
I also hope you get a chance to push yourselves with the camera a bit more and come up with some fun ways to shoot things. If you have some ideas, leave a comment below. I’d love to try a new way of doing things!
For now, here are a couple more of the shots I took:
An extended weekend for those of us in the States, so if you’re going to be out shooting, have fun. I have some things lined up and I’m looking forward to being out with the camera for much of the weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend!
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