Thinking Shots

I am going to let you in on a little secret….a photographer takes a lot of photos before they find the right one.  Suprised?  I know you are not but I was scrolling through my Iceland photos and caught myself thinking.  I looked at a series of shots that normally no one would ever see because I am looking for the right shot.  Plus, I like to try things because you never know what you are going to get unless to try. Failure is not failure it’s just finding out what doesn’t work.  I will take pictures of things people will walk by because most times those are the pictures that are most interesting. River-5307

Picture one in a sequence.  I like the color in the sky and the tuffs of grass on the beach.  Not enough interest here to get a good photo. Now I could crop it down to the grass and the sky but the sky is ok.  Note I didn’t do a lot of editing to these just to show you photos in the natural off camera look.  The next photos come from me standing in the same spot and turning to find what I want to shoot.


Photo thinking shot number 2.  I have just pivoted my camera on the tripod.  As I am looking thinking ok I could crop it and it might not be a bad shot.  I was using my Canon 17-40 wide angle so I have a lot of picture to work with but I could take some of the sky out and some of the black beach.  However, it does feel it is missing some story on the edges with the mountains.


Picture Three in sequence.  No cropping or editing other than bringing some of the shadows up.  I like this shot the sky needs a little work but overall I am getting the eye to be drawn in and the mystery of Iceland fills the picture.  The beach fascinates me being black and the wild grass that survives amazing to look at.


Picture Four.  I have turned my camera in a circle from where I was standing.  I have a person in this photo that will have to be removed or not.  (I would remove.)  I would crop out some of the sky and some of the beach but overall this is not a bad picture.  The footprints lead your eye around the sand and there is plenty of interesting things to take in.  This is probably the photo that you would see on my website and with a little work number 3.

I know we see beautiful photographs on the websites but they all started out in the field thinking and trying.  Sometimes it takes a lot of trying before we succeed but half the excitement is in the trying.  Opening up Lightroom and revealing what I have after a weeks shoot is like Christmas.  Many times I wished I could do things over and I have to remind myself to slow down but when that really good photo comes alive on the screen…wow.  The excitement and beauty of nature keep me going.  I hope you go out and do some thinking photos and see what you come up with.  That’s all right I don’t have to see them.


The Watermark


I finally invested in a professional looking watermark. was having a sale and to me, that is the best time to invest.  I have white and black and they can go on different corners of the photos.  I had to set it up in Lightroom to pull my logo but it was so worth it.  This is an example of the old watermark I created.  Not bad but really doesn’t add to the photo with any style.

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Now the photo with the new watermark to the side.  The watermark just adds the finish to the photograph and I feel people connect a person to the work that way.  I realize as photographers our cameras do a lot of work for us but without us, there would be nothing to see.  Everyone takes a picture differently and looks for what they like.


These pictures were taken in Iceland with many other photographers standing around.  Not one of those pictures was exactly alike.  So show off your individuality with a watermark.  I am glad I did.