Now if this isn’t a subject that is right up my alley, then I don’t know what is! Sunrises and sunsets; some of my favorite pictures are of these two things. Having just been to the beach for a weekend, I’m feeling a little remorse that I didn’t save a few pictures to show you for this post, but oh well. All the more reason to get out there and shoot some more!
I would say that the trick to this week’s theme is to think of an idea that takes the very conventional landscape photographs and turns them in to something a little unconventional. I often find my self wondering just how many more of the same sunrise/sunset pictures I am going to take as I click away. Part of me hates the redundancy, you know that by now I’m sure. The other part of me just can’t get enough of it, and that’s the part of me that always wins. No matter how many pictures I have of the same beach, park or pier, I’m always pleased with the differences of each individual day, and am happy to capture a moment that I will never see again. And besides that, they’re beautiful, so why not get as many shots of that beauty while you can? It’s good to appreciate the sunny days while you have them.
As far as the tricky part…Don’t you just love it when an idea immediately pops into your head, and it’s a good one? I do! And as rare as that is with my picky self, I’m quite grateful. Now, just to go out and find the prop that I have in mind (side note: yes! email just popped up with a coupon so I can order AND get a discount!), and to recruit a couple of volunteers, the true tricky part, as usual. I suppose even if the volunteers don’t work out, my idea still will, but it’s just one of those things. I have the perfect vision of what I want in my mind, and I’m really hoping that I can capture it just as I see it. I suppose the other tricky part to this week’s theme will be getting that “sunrise, sunset” song out of my head….especially since I’ve had it stuck in there the whole time I’ve been writing this.
Yes, I suppose you can tell I’m also feeling a little better since my last post. I know, I know, I kinda poured on the dramatics a little heavy with that one, but I was going through it, so give a girl a break. I’m trying to be a little more optimistic about things, which is hard, and contrary to how I usually am (I mean, I’ve gotta be realistic here). I’m also trying to keep myself motivated to work towards the things I want, like going to school, and finding a decent job. Taking pictures of my favorite things this week should be a great aid in keeping my spirits up. Fingers crossed that my prop doesn’t take too long to get here. I would do express shipping, but if you couldn’t tell over my coupon excitement earlier, I’m a free shipping kinda gal.
On a final note, if you can believe it, I have some sunrise and sunset photos you haven’t seen yet. But Rachel, you post these kinds of pictures all the time! I know. Like I said, they really are my favorites. So here are a few unusual ones. First, a set of black and white photos of a sunrise on a vacation in Mexico with a few friends. This is actually the only time I’ve done sunrise photos in black in white, or with my film camera for that matter, because I’m always so focused on featuring the colorful sky. I love the somewhat aged feel these photos have; it doesn’t hurt that my negatives dried a little spotty, and that my camera just puts little spots on things anyways. It used to drive me crazy when working with film, but to some extent, I think I’m just going to go with the flow now. I mean, of course I’ll be scrubbing some of those negatives to get a clearer print on about 95% of my pics, but the dots and dust, I can deal with. As for the sunset, we’re traveling to Argentina. While flying from Iguazu back to Buenos Aires, just at the end of our trip, we passed right over downtown, as well as part of 9 de Julio, wich is the largest avenue in the world. The view that we have is one of the smaller areas, closer to the airport, so check out the link to see the true monstrosity. When you’re walking across this “avenue”, it feels like it’s the everlasting gobstopper of streets! It’s really huge! Anyways, I’m always a little hesitant to use my camera while on planes (you know, they always say how it can mess stuff up. It freaks me out a little!), but as you can see, I got over it this time. Enjoy, and wish me a speedy delivery!