Over the past few days I have been going through last year’s images to see what was taken correctly and incorrectly. I find that most of my images look correct but do not have that pop I see when searching on other photography blogs or sites. What went wrong, why do they not have that pop or wow factor I see in other images. Well, I am sure I have found the answer to this question. They were not planned, just random shots as we went along.
Now do not get me wrong, I did take shots I had visualized before taking them and they turned out amazing, they were just nature shots not action sport ones. Luckily for me I paid a photographer to take pictures with Steamboat Powdercats of my day spent powder snowboarding. His shots were totally different than mine. The images showed the true spirit of powder boarding, unlike mine. I am lucky to have these to use as examples for my future photography trips. Last year was a time to learn and see my short falls so I could learn from them and improve on my image quality before starting my senior project.
For my images to turn out right I need to slow down and frame my shots before taking them. Look at how the terrain helps the image, not overtake it but the ski/snowboarder as the main focal point. Using a higher fstop such as f.8 to f.11 will help this. I have watched so many YouTube videos that cover this subject on the snow I think I fully understand it now. I am not looking for the blurred background as we do in motocross but focus from front to back, keeping the image sharp. Using a fast lens and a full frame camera body not my Canon Rebel T3I budget camera that was used last year. Yes, equipment does matter to an extent, you still need the skill to use the equipment but better lenses, faster frame rate and higher number of focal points does make a big difference in these conditions. I will be using my Canon 5D Mark III with my EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. I would recommend a fisheye lens but at this time I do not have one to take.
By spending my time studying images by photographers such as MarcoGrilc@grilo, Mason Mashon @mason_mashon, Enni Rukajarvi @ennirukajarvi, Zoya Lynch – @zoyalynch , Adam Clark – @acpictures and a ton of other I am able to now visualize and tried to train my mind to see as they do. I have been so busy just trying to finish assignments that I needed this for MY true project, Adaptive Winter Sports with fellow veterans. Planning, training with my camera, visual imagery drills, working to get what I see in my head onto my images and online learning has kept me busy over our semester break. Now remember this was on top of 15 hours a semester of in class schooling until the semester finished.
I am 3 weeks out and still pushing everyday to prepare for this journey. On 6 January 2018 we will see if all the learned skill can be applies to my images. My journey and adventure with my camera with become a reality.