Randall McRoberts

Randall McRoberts

Looking for my Shot - Episode 005

Looking for my Shot - Episode 005

  • Welcome to episode 5 of Looking for my Shot. This is the podcast where I talk about photography from my own viewpoint. I also go over my shooting project of the week.
  • Our spring weather has not been very cooperative this year. I suppose it’s the same in Indiana as everywhere else but Hawaii; you don’t know what to expect until you walk out into it.
  • I have been reading a couple of photography books:
    • Brooks Jensen, The Creative Life in Photography. I find Jensen to be in tune with many of my own thoughts. For one, it isn’t about the gear. Also, photography is not art in the same way that other graphic arts are art. No photographer—in fact, no artist of any kind—should expect to make a living doing what he or she wants to do just because there is passion involved. And it isn’t about how you see; it’s about how you express what you see. I like his approach to photography.
    • Olaf Sztaba, Seeing Simplified:How to see and craft great imagery. From Sztaba I’m learning to look things in a different way. I have a lot to learn, as you will see from this week’s project.
  • I have no problem recommending either or both of these books for your photographic reading. I’m a reader. Whatever interests me, I stoke up on as much reading material as I can handle. With photography, I’m not interested in gear-oriented reading. I want more about how to see as a photographer.
  • I really want to figure out the focus of my photography. For example, do I like to photograph brick buildings in small towns, or do I like to photograph small towns? Am I documeting or am I interpreting? Hard questions.
  • This week I set myself the task of making some landscapes. As I already said, the weather wasn’t great and I really wasn’t feeling too perky. But I decided to walk around a pond in one of our local parks and see what I could see.
  • I did walk, too. Left the wheelchair behind. I got about double the steps on Saturday than what I usually get, but it was fun to slowly walk around the little lake. I stuck with my 17mm lens. I enjoy not being distracted by changing lenses and worrying about which one I should use for this shot. But I do still find myself cropping more than I want to. Also, these are handheld photos. I didn’t want to drag a tripod around the lake with me.
  • I’m not overly thrilled with the photos from this shoot. I haven’t really been that focused on landscape photography, and I feel like these photos are awfully conventional. But here they are:
    Redbuds

Redbuds

  • The first color we see around here in the spring, other than green, is the color of these redbud trees.
  • I see that the redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma. So, if you’re from Oklahoma, this is for you.

Sycamore and Spruces

Sycamore and Spruces

  • I tried to frame the sycamore with the evergreens. I kinda like the effect.

Picnic Table

Picnic Table

  • That picnic table, tucked under the trees next to a small pond, looks like a great place to read. I like places like that.

Sycamore and Barn

Sycamore and Barn

  • Same sycamore. I have a longstanding relationship with this tree starting several years ago when I first got serious about photography.
  • You would think that the sycamore would be the Indiana state tree, what with the moonlight being fair upon the Wabash and the candlelight gleaming through sycamores and all that, but our tree is the yellow poplar, the tulip tree. I prefer sycamores.

New Growth

New Growth

  • Same sycamore again.
  • Lots of bokeh here. Mostly bokeh. Strange focal point for a landscape. I gotta be me, I guess.

  • I tried for a more unified look for this project, rather than interpreting each photo on its own. That’s unusual for me, but it makes sense to think in terms of a collection of photos.


  • Not sure what we’ll have in store for next week, but we’ll think of something. Looks like the weather will be interesting again.
  • Thanks for listening. If there is something you’d like to talk about, drop me an email. See you next week.

Randall McRoberts
rmcrob@rmcrob.com

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