As I continue to absorb the seemingly endless nuances of the different photography disciplines, I have found that one of my favorites is Low Light Photography. Often referred to as Twilight/Dusk Photography. As a relatively new photographer, I continue to be captivated by mother nature's daily, late afternoon, light shows. Sunsets are magical in my eyes and judging from the abundance of
sunset pictures on the internet, I am not alone. And while I have captured my share of inspiring sunset, and even some sunrise images, I am more captivated by what happens to light shortly after the sun sets. This mixture of natural and artificial light results in what I feel are truly magical, almost surreal images.
Put your camera in "Aperture Priority" mode, find the sunset in your view finder, snap a picture, and you are 60% of the way to a great sunset image. I'll discuss my thoughts on the other 40% on a future blog post. It's what happens in this 40% that will elevate that great sunset image to something more. Capturing a great twilight image however, involves much more thought and a fair amount of preparation. See my video at the bottom of this post for what I have learned in this regard.
While taking a compelling twilight picture involves much more than pointing your camera at an object and snapping a picture, it should absolutely not be considered difficult to do. It's just a little more involved and in my opinion, a lot more fun. And while there is no such thing as an average, run of the mill picture, a good twilight picture demands not just a compelling subject. It's snapping a picture of that compelling subject at just the right time, in just the right light. I have now taken a fair number of these kinds of pictures and am mostly satisfied with my results. But truth be told, I am still searching for the image I will be hanging on my wall. The image to the left is my favorite so far but I will continue my quest for the one that draws my eyes in, like no other.
So in closing this post out, I would encourage anyone reading to consider an attempt at this flavor of photography. Hopefully, I have provided enough information in the video below and in this post to at very least point visitors in the right direction. And by all means, feel free to comment on your thoughts and experiences...
Today, we shoot most of our pictures with either the Canon 50mm f1.8 fixed lens (awesome lens), or the Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens that came with our camera's (Canon EOS T5i and Canon EOS 70D). This too is an excellent and very versatile lens. It's really amazing how much better these kit lenses are than they used to be! Anyway, we want to add this absolute signature Canon beast to our arsenal of tools just as soon as we can afford it.
For those of you that may not know what "Bokeh" is... It's the very pleasing look of the subject of a picture being in very sharp focus while the background and often even the foreground of that subject being softly blurred out of definition. I shot the image below with the 50mm at f1.8. This is a good example of the bokeh effect where the lizard is clear and sharply in focus while the trees and bushes in the background are completely blurred out to the point of being indistinguishable. The 50mm does a great job with bokeh under the right conditions. The 70-200mm lens considerably expands the variables of the conditions under which this kind of picture can be taken. And these kinds of pictures are among the ones we love taking the most. But this lens opens up so many other options and possibilities. Like low light, sports, nature and others.
The reason we don't currently own this lens basically boils down to money. The price tag on this lens (new) today is about $2.5k on Amazon. It can also be purchased used somewhere in the area of around $2k. This lenses can also be rented for just under $100 for 7 days. This is why this item is on a "Wish List" and not currently in our bag. We will however keep our eyes and ears open in the event a really awesome deal comes along. Needles to say that if anyone reading this post knows or hears of such a deal and is willing to pass the information on, we are all ears... ;-)
So this is our first blog post of what we hope to be many more to come. We are slowly building the site and of course adding content little by little.
In thinking about what to write in this first post, we figured why not write about what sets us apart from all the other photographers in our area? And why someone interested in our service might try us as opposed to someone else? Well, as one might expect from new photographers, the answer is simply, "nothing more than the average photographer". At least not yet but we hope to be changing that in the not too distant future.
Our home town (Miami Florida) has some undeniably exceptional photographers. And a lot of them!!! It's really no wonder given the beauty and diversity of this gorgeous city. Throw in huge numbers of average and even some bad photographers, and you can't take a walk around your block without running into one or maybe even two of them.
So with so many choices out there, again the question is, why try us? Well, most of the best photographers in the world, were once just plain and simply passionate about taking pictures. Just like we are. They walked around looking at scenes and lighting and how they might be used in a great picture. Just like we do. And they constantly kept looking to improve their equipment, skills, techniques, and abilities and how these relate to the artistry that is photography. Just like we do. This passion and love of the art is what we offer in abundance. That and very low booking rates. At least for now... ;-)
In reading this post the question of whether or not we consider ourselves to be "Professional" photographers may also come to mind. So let us answer that question as well... Absolutely not! But we absolutely can take professional quality pictures and capture some of your life's most special moments. However we do not, and likely will never, earn our living as professional photographers. We just really love taking pictures and capturing moments. Stay tuned and watch our progress...