It was 2017 since we have visited the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. Although we have this on the calendar every year, there are some obstacles to going every year. Firstly, the sunflowers are planted so that they bloom around the hottest time of the year. Additionally, the middle of summer has been busy with other photography projects. This year, however, I am much slower on photography project. So maybe this will be the time to go back.
Thinking of visiting the fields, this would be a great way to social distance! Surely the weather will not be forgiving. It is already hazy, hot, and humid as per usual in this area.
Also looking at these photos, we were very lucky with the day we visited. At this time, I only had my phone with me. Given that this was a spontaneous decision to visit, I will plan better if we got this year. Undoubtedly I’ll bring one of my proper cameras and experiment with some ideas I am previsualizing. To be sure I’ll have the website on a shortlist to visit daily until the flowers are ready. If anyone would like to collaborate on some photos, let’s plan to meet out there!
During our daily walk, I wanted to test water long exposure images since we have a large creek in the neighborhood. In addition to practicing, this more casual photography helps my planning and pre-visualizing skills. When I made some images low to a running creek, I started planning on another shoot with different gear and conditions.
In the light of this first example, I knew that I was there at the wrong time. Now that there was some strong sunlight coming through the trees, it would be difficult to get a long exposure of the flowing water. To get what I needed I would have to come back on a different day. Specifically, I would need a time when the light was not as strong. With this in mind, I waited until an overcast / rainy day to try again.
Water Long Exposure
Subsequently, I brought out the tripod and planned to set it with longer exposures in mind. For what I was planning hand-holding the camera would not be an option. For these, I think it was successful. However, I already have some ideas to make them even better. Just waiting for another rainy day!
After all of the activities of Christmas, I wanted to get some 2018 Holiday photos at Tysons Corner Center at blue hour. When I go through the photos in my portfolio, I do not shoot at this time very often. Wheras my shoots are usually inside during this time, I am not usually outside with an opportunity to get photos. It is with this in mind that I went out specifically during twilight to make these photos. Although the marketing team did not have any shoots for me, I still thought this was the best setting to test shoot. It was after Christmas, but the 2018 Holiday decorations were still up on the Plaza.
In addition to going out at an unusual time of day, I also tested a new piece of kit that I received as a gift! My in-laws gave me a Lensball which produced a fisheye effect when you point your camera lens through this middle. With the lights still on the tree on the Plaza, I brought out the ultra-clear ball for some unique photos. Happy holidays!