“The pictures are there. You just have to take them.” – Robert Capa (Photojournalist)
I always liked photography. I was introduced to traditional photography (black & white) back in 5th grade as a hobby. My sophomore year in art school, I had to take photography as a requirement. I never learned the manual settings, rather just shot all photos in automatic setting, just to save time. Needless to say, I always lied to my professors by making up manual settings during class critiques. I believe that if you spend too much time trying to take the perfect picture, the perfect picture will pass.
Last month I returned to playing at the 2015 Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, after being away for 4 years. I was very excited and nervous to be back, but when the third game in our tournament schedule started at 8:30am, I wasn’t too happy. As we arrived at the parking lot, got our equipment and headed towards the field, the sky was very misty and a bit foggy with the sun coming out. It was a quiet calm and I started to take some pictures with my iPhone. We looked at the surroundings and said that “this, would be an awesome picture…” I told one of my teammates in front of me, to keep walking with his arms and sticks out. Then I just clicked away. After that I took a few more shots heading to our competition field. 3 minutes later, the mist and fog cleared away. That picture is probably one of the best I took in a random , “off-the-hip” setting.
I didn’t alter the picture on PhotoShop because I wanted it to be “pure”. And with intellectual property theft being so rampant on the internet, I watermarked my name over the figure. How can I prove that it’s really mine? Well, remember that this is just one picture from a series of a 5-minute span of pictures – and I’m the only one who has them. :o)
I opened this article with a quote from my favorite photographer, Robert Capa. He was known for taking a series of dramatic pictures at Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion back in World War II. With bullets whizzing by, shells going off and men dying, he was concerned with getting the pictures he needed and getting off Omaha Beach alive. He didn’t set his camera on a manual setting.
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