Royal Mile Details0
neil posted in Travel on August 22nd, 2009
Spent a little time on the Royal Mile shooting with a borrowed 105mm. Met Lewis, one of Edinburgh’s real characters. He showed me the scar he got from being mugged in Edinburgh. A very different photograph to what I was expecting to make today. All the same it was good to see he was still around. If you see him, take the time to talk to him and be polite, there is so much more than what is on the surface.
Lacrosse makes practice makes…0
neil posted in Travel on August 19th, 2009
I shot a lacrosse tournament at the weekend. I’m uploading the prints for sale via photobox now. I don’t think print sales makes a good business plan and I don’t think the sales would make it worth my attendance at any reasonable hourly rate. Thats OK. That is’nt why I went. I went to ‘keep my hand in’ on field sports. I don’t shoot enough field sports during the summer when the University is out of session and I want to keep my sports shooting skills ready for use. I’ve had conversations where people suggest that “there is no such thing as a good sports photograph” and seen forums where people have declared “I can’t think of anything more boring than shooting sports”. Those people are wrong. Its easy, especially with the right kit, to make a mediocre sports photograph. Simply set the aperture wide open on your longest lens, point and hold the button down and pick the sharpest image.
Woe betide you if you think thats as good as it gets. Its not. Practice makes perfect in life and in sports photography it makes EVERYTHING. If you’ve shot that sport a dozen times and have the slightest creative spark, you are challenged by your own back-catalogue of motor-drive-mediocrity. “How do I make a different image? How do I make a better image than last time?”
My favourite sports image was made on a day where I was SO sick of shooting Ladies lacrosse I almost did’nt turn up. The paper had been assigning a steady state of low-end dull lacrosse thrashings for what felt like an entire term. To do this they had ignored important qualifiers, cups and tournaments in almost every other sport. I was sick of shooting a non contact sport with a tiny ball, giant sticks that make composition a pain and rules that baffle me to this day. I did turn up, I did try something new and I have a portfolio image I’m truly proud of. Without knowing it, I’d been building up to that picture, getting the standard, dull, safe images out of my bloodstream.
My best guess is that you have the best odds of making a compelling photograph when you practice, practice, practice AND still manage to challenge yourself. So once a month or so, I’ll try and stroll the sidelines even on some loss-making venture so when the chance arises, I can make one more good image.