Luckily, I have a great friend Mike who is a great planner and organizer. Several weeks ago, I got an email invitation to join the group for a sunset Hollywood Sign Hike. Well I am horribly out of shape and only made it a third of the way last time I joined the group back in January.
In January I plugged up as far as I could before I quit. I wasn’t ready for the view. As a photographer you should be able to shoot as great an image with point and shoot or a cell phone camera as you do with your expensive gear. I shot these with my EVO HTC, processed them with Nik Software’s Snapseed App.
This time I motivated not by the opportunity to get to the top (but worse – the fear of failure and the photo opportunity to shoot the red moon) So I psyched myself into joining in. Mike offered to carry my tripod…so off we went. Slowly I made it up the steep hill. Other photographers flew up the mountain ahead of me. A young mom hiker passed me quickly with a baby in a a backpack carrier followed by her husband also carry a small child in a carrier, as well as a camera bag and a tripod.
Focused on the prize…a photographic opportunity…I plugged on breathing hard…stopping every few minutes to rest. Mike all the way encouraging me and distracting me from my pains. Finally moments before sunset we arrived at the top and joined the other two couples in our group for wine, cheese and a the view of the glorious red moon, and the city lights below! Serenaded by the sounds of the group Los Obos performing to a sold out crowd at the Greek.
(Regrettably the red moon shone to the left of the city over a rather boring expanse of hills with a few lights.)
Last night was a magical night! Was it the moon? Was it making it to the top? Was it the just a great group of friends? Or the challenges to get to the top to shoot a magical image?
Thanks Mike and group for the encouragement! Here is a link to some other great Los Angeles Hikes!
Can’t wait for the next hike!
Senior year is all about finishing up and anticipation of getting on with it! Calling the shots! Well that part doesn’t have to wait until you are on your way to the college dorms. It starts with how you present yourself.
Your senior portraits are the start of saying who you are! Find a portrait photographer who can catch you enthusiasm for life! As an action sport photographer, I love shooting kids in motion!
Taking into account sport seasons, we get started as soon as possible to catch some great images of each sport. Future posts will show this athlete’s water polo action shots, action portraits and finally his senior portrait session.
In several weeks I will shoot him playing his passion (and my shooting passion as well)! Water Polo!
Consider shooting more than just the same old Senior Portraits! Insist your photographer shoot your passion! Because after all it is All About You!
Check out these two high school athletes at a swim meet. Both images were shot within 10 minutes of each other. Two different emotions from the same subject!
When I shoot sports images, I never rapid fire shoot–hoping that I get a great image. I observe and try to understand the motion, the light and timing to capture the height and drama of the action. Not every image works. But when the stars align-oh it’s a thing of beauty!
Which do you prefer?
Both images were processed in Lightroom with some tweaking in Niks Viveza2.
As an action sports photographer I love shooting TriEvents’ Triathlons at Bonelli Park in San Dimas California! The enthusiasm is contagious..I am nurturing my passion of shooting while these athlete’s live their passion by competing!
Tri-Events is 30 years old! The oldest triathlon in the country! The setting is beautiful. The lake is back dropped by the spring snow topped foothills. The only problem is that there is only one me and too many shooting opportunities!
So What is a Triathlon?
Three races rolled into one event! The Championship Race athlete’s swim 500m, bike 23.3k and finish up with a 5k run. Not sure your up for the Championship Race? Then the Express race is perfect for you starting with a 300m swim, 12k bike race completed with a 5k run. Both races are at the same time with staggered starts. Interested in competing? The next race is May 12th and June 10th. Find out more by visiting the Trievents website. http://www.trievents.com
Of course if you want more information about the races check out Trievents’ Facebook page (Like them while your there to get all the up to date race information!)
I know both sides of time. I have raced it to success and I have wasted it missing being around for my young children during law school. I dilly dallied about getting this photography business off the ground wasting even more time.
Today, walking through Chelsea, I looked for my passion! And I found it! With my camera in hand…I realized that all I need is my camera and my family.
And a little sense of humor!
The lesson: Live each day with intention and presence. Hug your children everyday and tell them that you love them. Kiss your husband everyday. Devote yourself to balance because you deserve to feel the passion of your life. Never forgetting that if you don’t nurture what you love it might grow but will it grow… And there is always time for a good cup of coffee and the company of your family!
How is a Passion Born?
Somewhere, somehow a thought that everyone has, diverts off into something that is your own. It’s like a mutation of an idea. But somehow the passion was born…you stopped looking and treating the idea/action the same as the rest of the world. You can’t stop thinking about it, developing and pursuing it. With each self-interaction, the act of doing becomes a part of you but yet stands on its own. Your process of doing becomes the motivation to continue developing the skills, the technique or action. The process of “doing” becomes the passion.
At age of 9 or 10, I shot this image of the flying angel while my family was living in Northern Italy. My father was a photography enthusiast and all four of us kids had cameras. He would informally teach us about composition and exposure by having us all line up and shoot the same image. While visiting Castello San Angelo in Rome we lined up for our shot. My brother and sister took their shot and took off with my dad. I had the idea that if I moved the camera while I hit the shutter I could get the angel to look like it was flying! My brother came up to me and said he was going to tell Dad that I was wasting film (the threat that my Dad used to make sure that we didn’t waste film and took our time to get good images). I didn’t care because I knew that in my photo the angel was going to fly! In retrospect that was the day the passion was born.
Do you know someone who seems consumed by a passion?