Walking at Work – Week 3
At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.
Several dogs in honor of Alan “The Cog Dog” Levine. I’m cheating a bit as the second two were taken this weekend but they come with good stories and this is my blog so I figure all is fair. I can’t remember the name of this dog but he was full of this kind of energy both times we ran into him. He was trailed by two kids who he ignored completely. He brought me the stick but wouldn’t let me have it. He also attempted to dry off using me as a towel yet he had the personality to pull it off. We ran into this guy at the end of a long dirt road. He and a friend weren’t all that welcoming at first but chilled out when I said “sit” loudly. Funny how those ingrained commands short circuit things. It was a fun way to teach my oldest son that trick. To counteract the flowers and sweetness . . .