Just Dumb Luck
Better than being good
Made quite a few not-very-good photos today. The only thing exceptional about this one is something I didn’t notice until editing.
Not something I’d seen before and guessing it’s rarely seen by anyone who isn’t coaching, rowing, or an observant parent.
I almost missed seeing it.
All the boats out for practice were close to the western shore of Hoover making it easier to find a foreground object to give depth and perhaps a sense of location.
Parked at the Columbus Watershed Office where I’d previously been told to leave because it wasn’t public property but the office space of a city worker. That was a long time ago and that person retired.
Struggled to put together the Z5 with a 2X extender and adapter before the boats came into view from behind a stand of trees. Looked for a foreground object but nothing seemed to work.
Lucky for me I’d accidentally put the 300mm lens with the 2X extender on the crop-sensor Z50 making the 300mm lens an approximately 900mm lens. That gave me the most close-up view of a rowing team I’ve ever had. Closer to the shore and a giant telephoto. Work with what you’ve got.
All I wanted with some form of repeating pattern. Foreground and background boats. Peak action. Something that might work as a good news feature. I worked the hand-held 900mm lens to keep its narrow view watching my focus and raising the ISO to give me a fast shutter speed.
Didn’t notice the one-handed rowing until I started my edits.
A sight rarely seen and I finally saw it.
Chased by the Light is an exploration of committing to a photo a day for 90 days. Only one photo a day. Exposing only one frame a day. On film. Within walking distance of his home.
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Brandenburg announced that National Geographic presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I am quite humbled to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award from my colleagues at the National Geographic magazine. The Photo Society, comprised of two hundred of the magazine’s photographers spanning 3 generations, surprised me with this announcement. To belong to the group the photographer must have done serious photographic feature assignment work for the magazine.”
There are two versions of Chased by the Light. The first edition can only be found in a used bookstore. It is far superior to any reprints and to the newer version that has the added title of “Revisited.”