inspiration

Inspired By Passion

I love all sorts of cycling photography. It’s such a simple, elegant machine. One guy that inspires me is Cycleangelo (great moniker!... what else would you call a cycling artist?) He has a great site and a couple really cool series of images he’s worked on over the years. I’ve always loved his “bike portrait” series. http://cycleangelo.cc/tagged/pron . (anyone know how he gets some of these bikes to seemingly stand on their own? Photoshop? Magic?)

This series inspired me to capture a similar portrait of my new ride (profile, drive side, captured in the location where it’s ridden.) I realize it’s far from a fixie (3x10) but hopefully Cycleangelo would approve ;-)

Jump Starting The Creative Idea - Finding your photo passion

If you've ever hit a creative slump, writers block or just not inspired by recent work... it happens... this podcast episode is a must listen to.

Hearing words like these really get me missing our podcast that is currently on hiatus. The gems still found in the LightSource podcast was amazing and chatting with all these wonderful guests for an hour or so was something I'll always remember. I still get emails with people begging and asking for more episodes and while it isn't on the current list of "to dos", I wouldn't say there will never be another episode! It was a lot of fun.

I've been focusing more firing up my passion for my own work though. Digging through my mountain of iStockphoto.com uploads and getting more of my past work seen and sold so I can move on to creating new work. It's exciting. Bring on spring and the outdoor shooting season!

 Excitement

 

Find out more about the inspirational LensWork Podcasts available at
http://www.lenswork.com/lensworkpodcast1-1.htm

Finding Photography Inspiration On Two Wheels

When talking to people about inspiration and creativity in the many interviews we've heard on the LightSource Podcast from www.studiolighting.net, one thing continues to pop up: "Shoot what you love."

Getting Ready

Recently, I've started bicycle commuting to work. I know... "why don't you wait till the hottest part of the year to start that, dummy!" It was only misserable the first ride, now that I have a few weeks under the belt it's much easier AND more fun. As usual, my internet surfing has shifted to cycling and bike commuting. I also browsed a little bit on Flickr in the bicycling group and stumbled on some great sites: Cycloangelo's tumblr micro-blog documenting fixies in NYC, Bike commuting, peopleforbikes.org to name a few.

One that really captured my attention and instantly was added to my Google Reader feed was www.gnatlikes.com. Gnat works for Salsa Bicycles by day and is a serious photography hobbyist. His blog blends his interest in cycling and photography really well and it's gotten me meditating on that original thought a little more. So, armed with my point & shoot camera I took a few shots on my commute the other evening.

I learned a few things:

  1. Shooting while riding is hard
  2. Gnat takes really great pics from the saddle
  3. Compact P&S camera... not a DSLR
  4. Pick your place you are shooting... don't do it in traffic!

I hope to drag a camera along on the group ride Thursday evening and we'll see what I snap then... as well as the Sunday mountain bike ride in York (any locals wanna join me?)

 

Traffic

One of the reasons I ride to work... Glad I'm not there!

 

Chasing

Chasing down some fellow commuter who doesn't even know he's in a race.

 

Riding my whip

My whip