I had driven into Montgomery County to visit a friend who had made a hobby shooting in the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens, so call it a social occasion, not work, and that’s how I shot: hand-held and with few notes. Down the line by hours to weeks, one has to make the editorial decision as to the character of the display: tourist or artiste!? I’ve chosen “tourista” on this set.
If I had shot differently and perhaps with permits, I’d have used the tripod in the conservatory and butterfly exhibition and possibly outside as well. For the kind of day it was, and for being tired after being in the warm and moist butterfly room, I chose to mosey, lift camera, and shoot, but with just a slight change in attitude, the use of a graduated neutral density filter — I had a card with me but was on the move — would have saved or improved a few shots.
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Viewers will find these posted as LinkedIn posts and status line statements as part of an effort to garner some love in that community.
How is it going?
It’s like drowning. Items that should garner positive attention for any number of reasons just aren’t attracting click-and-look efforts. The set plus others have been displayed on LinkedIn but a look or two doth not make for exciting marketing.
One’s enjoyment and pursuit of an art, or several, should not hinge on social approval or enthusiasm. I think it perfectly legitimate to strive to make beautiful things and to make things beautiful. Let the audience come and go. God, nature, and the universe remain ever present and all artists present with them in the making of art.
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Just add text.
Looking back, commercial (commercial-like) photography — all of this was and remains demonstration — doesn’t get more simple. The photographer brings his bag and tripod; the model brings herself, change of clothes, makeup: done. If the model has a friend, add a bounce card.
It’s easy to complicate a “shoot” with gear — the studio has been always portable: Vagabond field battery, light stands and lamps, even the changing room that comes in a bag — a one-person tent — but especially in public open space, the more junk hauled along, the greater the hassle.
I want to do this stuff again!
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