Market Time Is Here Again!

This last weekend we braved the cold and got up at a very uncivilized 0400 hour to head down to DC and see the cherry blossoms at sunrise.  Unfortunately the cold weather delayed the cherry blossoms and they were not at full peak.  We had 11 members of our Fauquier Viewfinders Camera Club and no one was ready to put their cameras away.  I had not been over to the Eastern Market since it reopened after its terrible fire, but thought it would be cool.

First we stopped at a little coffee shop so we could warm up.  The group then spread out both inside the main hall and then outside to the farmer’s market.  It was still nice and early so the light was lovely.  It was cool watching the group swarm on the vendors.  They were good sports about it. 

I knew I wanted to shoot my 105 macro and so I was definitely up close and personal with the kale and peppers.  For each shot I kept, I shot a bunch more.  It is interesting to see how just a shift of an inch or two changes the photo.  Some changes are subtle, others pretty dramatic.

Apparently, we were not the only ones who found the morning chill a bit much.  This young lady was keeping her critter—Dog, ferret??, close to share the body heat.

Time to get out to your local farmer’s market—a good tip: offer to share the good images with the farmer.  Be sure you get an email address and provide a fair use statement, so that if they use it on their webpage, you can get photo credit. 

Going Green

Well it is proposal season again, which means that my shooting opportunities are a bit limited right now.  So I had to reach back a couple of months to draw upon some images for the blog.  One of the questions we are often asked, is “How do you see the things you take pictures of?  I never see those kind of things.”  Well, it really is a learned technique; you have to force your mind beyond the big scenes into the details.  One of the best ways is one we picked up from Joe Glyda, at Photoshop World.  You have to create your own self-challenge and then just take your camera out and look for that topic.  It can be anything at all, a color, a shape, an age range of people…whatever you can think of.  Roger and I had my wife pick out a topic, before we went to the farmer’s market and she choose “Green”.  So we had 30 minutes to get the best picture of what green meant to us.  You might think it would be fairly easy to get pictures of things that were green and you would be right.  How to make them interesting is far more difficult.  Symmetry is one aspect that can add interest to an image.

The contrast between light and shadows is another.

Finally, my two favorite images from that day used other colors to really make the green feel more vibrant.

All in all, the challenge is in pushing yourself to look at something differently.  Take that challenge and show us the results of your own efforts by posting your 3 best images and your theme on our facebook page.