Taken: June 14th 2015
I was immediately intrigued when I first saw pictures of Karluv Most. My favorite photographs were of the stone-bridge enshrouded in fog and mist; a single man walks underneath the glow of the lanterns. It was this image I had in mind and was inspired to capture when I travelled to Prague. However, that was not the photograph I would end up with. I woke up at 3:30 early Sunday morning, and walked to the bridge. When I arrived, I was the only person there. Perfect! exactly as I’d wanted. A moment later, a group of boys stumbled by, leaning on each others shoulders drunk and singing. Then more people started to show up. Everyone arriving had just spent all Saturday night partying and drinking in the clubs, and were now walking to the bridge for sunrise. Great, I was disappointed. I go through great lengths to avoid having people in my photographs, and now, I would no longer have the coveted photo I wanted. The sun was beginning to rise and the street lanterns had been shut off. People were flooding the streets. I gave up, I packed up my tripod and decided to just enjoy the moment without the distraction of the camera. It was then, while standing in the middle of the bridge I noticed a beautiful scene begin to play out in front of me. Magic filled the air. Everyone was enjoying themselves, and the mood was light. A couple lean up against the wall, completely in the moment and unaware of my presence. Trying to be inconspicuous, and not wanting to ruin the moment, I carefully raised the camera and snapped a shot. It’s important to note, that this photograph would not have been possible if I were shooting on a tripod. The couple could have felt uncomfortable if I were standing there with a tripod and a camera facing in their direction. It's hard to be in the mood when a stranger is in close proximituy with a tripod and camera pointed in your directon. What I find special about this piece, is that it taught me an important lesson: “If I let go of the idea of how something should be, then the space can open for something unplanned and potentially better to take place.” In this case, it’s the people that make this photograph special. The perfect coordination of the universe in creating a beautiful scene. My job is only to pay close enough attention for when it happens.
Technical details: One single photograph. No photoshop manipulation of adding or removing of objects.
Camera: Nikon D5300 Lens: Sigma 50 1.4 Art F/8 1/125 sec ISO 100
Lately I've been drawn to photographs that have a three-dimensional feel to them. A photo that has a close foreground, middle ground, and background all with leading lines that draw the viewer through the picture. Last night while visiting one of my favorite beaches, I noticed the tide splashing up between two large boulders on the beach. I've passed up taking a photo of this subject in the past as there are many other spectacular compositions to grab at this location. But last night I noticed that the sunset would be setting down in the ocean right between the two rocks.
Immediately the first composition that came to mind was to position the camera dead center between the rocks facing out toward the sunset and slow the shutter speed to capture the incoming waves rushing up to the camera. I studied the landscape more I decided that I was craving more depth. I then noticed the little shelf, the angle of the sand and incoming waves, and decided to include the background beach and trees that were behind the rock on the side of the frame.
I wanted to capture the scene in front of me using current technology at its best. So I decided to grab three separate exposures. One exposure with a ND filter to grab some motion blur in the sky. The other two were to capture the water with the effect with shutter speed, and the another to show all of the detail in the enormous rocks that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to recover from the shadows (for my liking). That being said, the three photos were twenty minutes apart and took just over an hour waiting to capture. Then I spent another hour or so in post bringing the image to life. Hope you enjoyed!
It was great to meet and photograph the wedding of Lenka and Ondrej, a couple from the Czech Republic. They were engaged in Thailand, and married on Kauai. It was a beautiful overcast afternoon in Wailua, with spectacular views of the mountains and jungle from the property. Cool, and moody. Perfect for a wedding ceremony to commence.
Although they both spoke very well English, I was glad to have Sylvie with me to help translate instructions for a quick response. Standing there while the three of them spoke the language reminded me of the time I spend in Eastern Europe, and I even got a little second-home sick.
Congratulations Lenka and Ondrej!
I had the privilege to photograph this awesome couple during their wedding at Shipwrecks beach yesterday. They'd just landed on Kauai after more than a year of traveling the world, and decided that before making the trip back home to England they'd get married on Kauai. It was rainy and windy all day up until an hour before the ceremony. The sun came out, and we couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. Congratulations to Katie and Jason! Good luck on your journey home, and journey through life together!
Lounging on the couch recovering from a late night of New Year's Eve drinking and photographing, Sylvie yells to me from the kitchen that its snowing. I see the snow floating down from the sky. I immediately jump up and walk out to the balcony of our top floor apartment. It's the first time I've seen the rail carved streets of Bratislava covered in white. It's Cold and beautiful.
At first I snapped a few shots with my new 14-24, but quickly realized that I wanted to be in closer to capture the moments happening on the street. I bolted on my 135mm prime and spotted this old woman walking across the street. It's exactly the mood I wanted to capture. The feeling of a cold Eastern Europe.