Following Haley's lead, I suppose now would be a good time to introduce myself: I'm Jen, the second half of SLP, and it's very nice to meet you (and all that rot; get off my lawn; wait, who are you again?). Like Haley, I have been into photography for several years, and, though it remains an amateur hobby of mine, I always try to learn new things when behind the camera and develop whatever skills I have while genuinely enjoying the hobby. It will never pay the bills, but that's what soul-sucking corporate jobs are for. I'll take quality photos
Since Haley did a lovely job with her introductory post, I'll attempt to mimic her structure--starting with a couple of my favorite photos in two of my areas of focus. To provide a bit of background, I tend to focus on certain types of photography, though these fluctuate over time. For example, most of my portfolio consist of travel photography taken while I lived in Europe. I also have a knack for finding seemingly uninteresting items and giving them their very own artistic (er, hipster) photograph, focusing on intricate detail to make the picture pop. Other areas include: un-staged portraiture, nature, texture, and under-saturated-look-I'm-so-artistic-and-SAD photography. I also like to manipulate my photos in, you guessed it, Photoshop.
Forced sarcasm set aside, I present you with two of my favorite photos (there are many others, and, dammit, it's hard to narrow them down). They are not the best photos I've taken, but there is something about them that draws me to them again and again, either examining what makes them good pictures or critiquing their negative traits.
|The Downs - Hassocks, England (March 2010)|
The photo is not without its faults, of course. The overcast day makes it difficult to find a happy medium between over- and under-exposure, and the composition of the piece may not hold everyone's attention. But, I do believe it's a good example of seizing the moment and making snap (hee, pun intended) judgments based on the opportunity (in this case, shooting a photo of two unaware strangers) at hand. Haley explained the process very well in the previous post, so please refer to that entry for a better description.
|Frozen Buds - Athens, AL (January 2011)|
I will say, though, that nature photography is not my strongest suite. Haley's Redbuds photo is one of the finest examples of nature photography between our two portfolios, and my repertoire in that area does not compare to hers. However, it is on my list of Things to Improve, and I look forward to further developing my nature shots.
Phew. There we have it; two of my favorite photos as an introduction to my work. It's interesting to be blogging again, and I look forward to many more updates and tutorials. So, welcome to the SLP blog.
...Maybe one day I'll create us a real-life logo and banner. H-heh.