Out on a training ride I do on Fridays, I sat my cell phone down on the ground, and using the timer, I rode around what is known in Tucson as the University of Arizona Bio Park hoping to get some sort of interesting shot. The Bio Park is a regular race venue in the early Spring, but on this day, it was just hot road or two. I didn't want to spend to much time taking photos, but I got this one with my cell phone balanced on a metal bollard (one of those things that block traffic). The cell phone, a Galaxy S5, does some pretty nice photos, but I didn't really check out this shot until I had pedaled off, not really knowing what I had taken while my cell phone sat and I put it on a 10 second countdown timer.
The image below, I thought was pretty interesting. It looks like the cell phone probably tipped a bit, making the rider (in this case me), look like he was climbing up hill, on an angle. The angle in the picture didn't make the shot look to unrealistic, but it kept my interest. I think as a photographer, I forget at times to actually break away from the standard vertical or horizontal shot, do something else and celebrate angles.
Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.
I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old. I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there.
Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years. My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992. I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography. One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings. Why? Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy! It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone. What more could I ask for? Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.
Oh, and I like riding my bike!