Hi guys having a cool day again here and thought i would take the opportunity to maybe share how i get to ‘that’ shot..the one you love, the one i love.
Now it’s not the actual process that i want to talk about..it’s about preparation.
The things i love tend to be out..out there..where all sorts of things can happen, so i thought i would share a shot and discuss the way i get to it.
** This image was taken after finding a safe place to pull over in a bus stop after hours..the bus shelter helped protect my gear from the rain that had started..the wind chill was brutal.My hands were completely numb and i could not bend them by the time i got back in the car.My battery died pretty quickly and a change over took awhile as my fingers would not work..a polar blast headed our way and the storms were coming, so i had to get what i wanted quickly then a drive home in the dark on watch out for roos.
First off i need my gear..when packed my Lowenpro weighs just shy of 8 kilos.
This is because i can never leave a lens at home..if i plan to do just macro shots..that will be the day the Wedge-tail Eagle decides to land by the roadside and grab a snack!
So i have all my lenses ..of course i have cleaning cloths ,blowers, spare charged camera batteries, a shutter release with spare batteries also.
Spare SD cards..go without saying.
My Tripod is just shy of 3 kilos so along it comes as well.
So these things are packed in the car. A challenge to carry this gear as in total i am adding nearly 11 kilos to myself..it can make your footing less sure so caution at all times..i have a walking stick which can be super handy for extra stability!
Now..what i do also want to say is that i am aware of the places i go being somewhat isolated..so my mobile phone is on me at all times and fully charged also.
I never post selfies or pictures of where i am to social media UNTIL I AM HOME.
Sadly the world we live in has made our whereabouts up for grabs..so the only person who knows where i am at any time is family.
My car has GPS and i also travel with maps.
I have an emergency beacon in my backpack too..sounds dramatic but if i fell or was lost i have this with me. I have a torch also.
I have spare socks in the car and jackets as often i am getting wet or dirty and being cold is no fun!
I always check places out well before getting out of the car,common sense dictates a lonely park with a group of drunks is no place to be..
I always have snacks..trail mix stuff chocolates ..my fave choc coated coffee beans..you can be out a long time and these keep you full of pep.
Water..always water in the car and lip balm..wind and cold can wreak havoc on the skin.
Car filled with petrol..you can cruise around a long time looking for something and often small towns may not have petrol.
I try and keep myself aware of my surroundings..you can get lost in the moment and before you realise it dark is approaching..of course you realise because the light you have chased all day changes!
Now this is important because if you have found yourself in the middle of nowhere you can get easily disoriented! If ever you get lost..stay put!
I love being out by myself but there are places that being with a friend ,or your poor long suffering hubby, is the wisest choice.
I cannot tell you the amount of times i have twisted ankles and slipped over ..i also have found once that a pan with the camera on the tripod had me feel like i was going to fall backwards! came over all vertigo because of the angle of the ground i was on..gave me a real fright..not the best place to fall!
If i see a great scene i make sure i can stop the car safely..if i can’t i see where i can pull over and if all else fails i go back with hubby and jump out while he drives around..
I always respect the area i am in. I do not take anything other than pictures.
I am also aware of wildlife..they have far better senses than me and can often appear while i am blissfully unaware..with snakes and roos this can be problematic.
The rule is stand still..do not move and they will move on..
I also am aware that my gear may be appealing to those that feel they may like to grab it..i have one thing to say on this..take it..
Nothing is more important than your safety..nothing.
For clothes it depends on the time of year..at the moment this is many layers..all loose as tight clothes when you sweat make you cold.
Beanies and i have a balaclava..gloves with fingers and a pair without..these i wear to keep extra warm but having only one pair with fingers i can still use my gear settings without too much trouble. Scarves also and double socks and boots..yes i look like the Michelin Man on steroids ready to rob a bank..but nothing spoils a day out shooting more than feeling cold and miserable!
In the cold i keep spare batteries for my camera in my pocket to stay warm as they die quickly in the cold..i acclimatise my gear in the car with the door open awhile also..and lenses can get mucky with condensation so i do not put the caps on until they are clean and dry.
If i want to capture wildlife i have my mobile phone on vibrate and silent..nothing is more annoying than forgetting and someone rings and they all take off!
I have plastic bags etc to keep thing covered in an emergency..my backpack has it’s own waterproof cover which is great.
I have also in my boot a blanket..and a box of things..yes things…i have over sized light globes glow sticks and all sorts of weird goodies as they can be used as props in the bush.
I have a pen and paper and tissues and a small led push light.
So armed with all this i feel i am prepared to hit the road..it seems like a lot of stuff and maybe sounds over the top but i like to be prepared .
The most important thing for me is to not get lost in the photography..sounds odd but by this i mean i need to take time while i do what i do to actually absorb where i am..be in the moment and really feel the area or situation i am experiencing..i have seen many photos and sometimes i feel a disconnect between the photographer and the scene..almost as if the technical aspects and the ‘look’ have been captured at the cost of the emotion.
So this is how i get to that shot..i know i have not covered everything and i want to reiterate the safety first aspect..not just for women photographers but all photographers..we all find ourselves drawn to those places of isolation..and also sadly so many people have died while taking ‘selfies’ that it is quite scary.
I hope when you see the photographs i take that you feel that connection that i do..this has always been my main aim..while i still struggle technically and have a long way to go i always try and share that sense of time with you.
Have a super weekend everyone and hope you all find that time with nature to connect this week.