If you remember last week’s adventure in Americana, I shared some ideas surrounding using non-pro gear to have fun and make images. Well, this was another shot from that adventure. The sun was setting, and noticed the windmill in the distance. I initially thought about compressing the image by zooming in on the horizon. However, just up ahead of me were the tire tracks you see here. They were leading me right in to the scene. So I decided to run up the road, get low and grab a quick hand-held shot. Now, if I was shooting anything but a non-pro super zoom…no way could I have made that compositional decision within the few seconds Mother Nature granted me. Again, the lesson is feel the flow and forget the gear!
Because Father’s Day was yesterday, this image is for my pops. When he was a kid, he had a dog named Cesar. Caesar was a boxer and I have heard so many stories about what a great dog he was. Anytime I see a boxer, I can’t help but think about him. Like the day I met this guy. His name is Reggie and he’s the shop dog at a local rock store in Utah. Good dog, and nice enough to let me lay on the ground to take his photo.
If this isn’t what Tom Petty was talking about, I don’t know what is? Yes, still an adventure into Americana with the Nikon 18-200…well, that and an iPhone. I shared some thoughts about the creative process as it relates to the adventures on the plains over at Big World Little Lens if you’re interested.
Photographer’s Note – This is a single image brought to life using Lightroom 4. Has anyone upgraded to LR5 yet?
The #RoadTrip continues, more important so does the adventure with a non-pro Craig’s List lens. I’ve stated before that the Nikon 18-200 is one of my all time favorite lenses. This image is a good example of why. Had I been bothered with lens decisions and heavy gear, I might have missed this opportunity that mother nature presented. Again, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on glass. Just find a system you are comfortable with and have fun. By comfortable, I mean you know how to use it (so the technology doesn’t get in the way of your creative muse) and it’s not a burden to carry around. That being said…I’m really interested in the new Fuji X system along with the 55-200. For the focal ranges I primarily shoot, the Fuji system would be 1/2 the weight of my current Nikon travel kit. For me, that’s a BIG DEAL! More on that later.