Lacking inspiration and light

June 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

You’ll remember how my camera and the rocks at South Durras came together a bit too hard on one of those Easter sunrise shoots, well the replacement lens arrived this week and I just had to get out there.

A nice new Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, it doesn’t provide a full replacement for the general purpose, cover any situation, 18-270mm lens that fell to pieces on the rocks, but it is a step up in quality and should be a very good “go to” lens for a wide range of circumstances.  I will let you know how that works out.

So, it’s the last day of autumn and whilst it isn’t very cold, it is very much the beginnings of what we are looking forward to over winter here in Canberra. By the time we got motivated and out and about it was mid-morning, the light was cold and grey, sucking the life out of everything it rubbed against.  There is still a little late autumn colour about and the sun did, every now and then, briefly push through the solid covering of grey lumpy cloud.

The shoot had no real objective other than to take the new 24-105 for a walk and to get accustomed to the equipment and its capabilities. I had bought Bron a little Nifty 50 (Canon 50mm f1.8) that had been recommended to her for street photography, so she was taking that out for a walk with the same objective, to get familiar with the kit.

We hit the lake’s south bank, the water took on the grey colour of the sky with an added murky greenie brown tinge from the rain we had a couple of day before and the remains of blue green algae. There were not a lot of people about and those that were seemed to be wanting to keep moving, jogging, riding, power walking with strollers and working out with their boot camp buddies.

As our shoot turned into a slow walk, a break for coffee by the lake and lots of “people” watching, we were struggling to find inspiration in our subject … But every shoot has its inspiration, what is today’s gift, what subject is improved or made easier to shoot with this not overly bright but consistently even light? We need to find something worthwhile to shoot. We decided to head away from the lake and back into suburbia … we kept looking and shooting and suddenly our subject emerged from all around us, the architecture, structures and other every day objects… instead of looking for inspiration from the way the light reflected, moved, caught an edge or created a shadow, it was the objects themselves, edges where well defined, little glare to deal with and nobody walking through your shot.  Every cloud has a silver lining, every shoot has a subject.

The rear of the National Portrait Gallery...

Portrait GalleryPortrait GalleryBack of the National Portrait Gallery

Good company at Coffee ...

Autumn in the Garden ...

I ordered an Intervalometer on eBay and it turned up today … I am going to try some time-lapse, I’ll let you know how I get on …

Good light till next time…

 


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