This is by far the largest photography post I’ve had in a long time. VCU or maybe the city of Richmond has changed how parking works for quite a ways around where I work. Many of the places I used to park to vary my walking path to work are now 2hr parking or paid parking. I’ve also fallen prey to the belief that I need to hurry into work and get things done. Both those developments have hurt my photography patterns.
This post was brought about by doing a few different things.
Some of the shots are from walking from our building to the medical campus down Broad Street. That is always full of interesting things and people.
A big chunk came from going to Field Day of the Past which is something like a carnival mixed with a historical site crossed with a swap meet. It brings any number of societal issues to the forefront via giant flags. I hate being at carnivals but like taking pictures at them.1
The insect macros are courtesy of some succulent that brings all the bees to the yard.2 There are usually 8 to 10 large bees sleeping on the flowers and you can get very close early in the morning as they are nearly comatose until they warm up from the cooler night. I also threw in just a single football picture as I’m still photographing the JV games.
The last picture at the bottom is from a night walk we went on in the local woods. We were hoping to find snakes3 or owls but only ended up with some leopard frogs. I only brought my phone and regretted it. But it was an interesting first attempt which we’ll revisit in the future. The kids have also gotten into photographing birds so I need to think through some useful forage plants and maybe a zoom extender . . .
Motto of all this for photography is pretty simple. Vary patterns. Take advantage of opportunities. Always bring your camera.