Jed sometimes laughs at me and call me a sunflower, because in this bleak country, when spring finally comes, it’s hard not to stop in the middle of the street and turn your face towards the sun and just try to soak it up.
And I’m not the only one to hunt the sunny spots…
Early springtime is hitting Sweden as of now; it’s still a bit chilly but if you find the right spots, you can still take of your coat and sit for a while in the sunshine and enjoy the moment. This means that suddenly there’s actual daylight! Beautiful, sunny daylight! That means more hours per day of possible photography.
I really love to photograph people. I can not stress that enough. But I am always terrified of missing the moment, not being able enough, and loosing the shots. So, I’m in desperate need of practice, so that I start feel comfortable with it, you know, to get rid of the nerves.
So this weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to take a few shots of my friend Cecilia, an opportunity for which I am very grateful (Most people I know, while not very shy at all, do not want to have their picture taken).
Just being out in the sunshine was great, a big burst of energy, but also, it was a lot of fun just walking around finding new spot to shoot in, and I really got a lot of time to mess about with the settings on my SLR.
Below are two of my absolute favourite shots. I feel rather proud of them, and this is the reason: I have known Cecilia for ten years. She is a beautiful girl. And I feel that I have a caught a moment when she is feeling happy and beautiful herself. And that’s my favourite part of photographing people.
This post is cross posted at jenandtricks.com
I’ve been quiet for a while, but that does not mean nothing’s up. It’s exactly the opposite! Sadly, most of the things that are up are day job related, so I can’t talk much about it here. Not that it’s that interesting anyway, to be honest. But I’ve haven’t had much time for anything else.
I’ve started so many posts lately and realized they’ve all been about the weather, the winter or how tired I am. I even bored myself, writing them, so I just didn’t post anything. Maybe it’s not so strange that those subjects are on my mind so much; it’s been a long winter and everyone seems to be on their last stretch, conserving the last ounces of energy before spring.
But we’ve come to a point when sunrise doesn’t happen AFTER I go to work and sunset before I leave. It’s March! March IS a spring month, even if it doesn’t know it.
Spring means more natural light, which is good for any aspiring photograph, and I am itching to dig in to some of the portrait ideas I have planned. Some of my friends have already been courteous enough to agree to let me use them as guinea pigs (thanks guys!). Generally I just want to get out and practice, and I’m thinking I should just make a list and focus on one thing a time (like: use only this specific lens one day, or try reflecting light for a couple of shots, or panning and motion, etc). Some day down the road I hope I will actually have more confidence, and specifically more control, when I take photos.