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Always! And I mean always take a vertical shot. I recently celebrated a great milestone here at Holly Davison Photography, my first magazine cover! Yay! However, it almost didn't happen. Why? Because when I was out I wasn't thinking cover. I was thinking just capture the scene. Story goes something like this, I was sitting in a ferry line watching an amazing sunset. I couldn't leave my car as the line was creeping towards the dock. I finally made it to the dock, jumped out of the car camera in hand, and ran. I had time to snap two images and race back to the car to drive onto the ferry. Both images were horizontal. Have you ever had an experience like this? Crunched for time? It seems to happen to me more often then I would like. Fast forward to a few months ago. I had an opportunity to contribute work to a story on ferry life for Whidbey Life Magazine. They loved my image and wanted a vertical version for the cover. UGH! I didn't have one. In the end my image was high enough resolution I was able to crop it down to fit their needs. During this I had a realization that when I approach a scene I am not necessarily think cover shot. Well why the heck am I not? I can tell you I am now. So here is my learning I am passing on to you. Take that vertical shot! Think cover shot! You can't get one if you don't take one.
I recently created a new cover photo for my Facebook page Holly Davison Photography. I love how it turned out, and have decided to make more of these to change out every so often. Then, I thought how fun it would be to share these images with you. Feel free to download the image and uploaded to Facebook to use as your cover photo. Feel free to share this blog with your friends so they can have one too. :) Enjoy!
The Northern Lights returned to Whidbey Island over the weekend with a breath taking display of dancing light. This time I decided to try to time lapse the show from a couple of different perspectives. The first time lapse was captured with a 14mm lens on a full frame camera while the second was taken on a crop frame camera giving the viewer the equivalent of a 36mm view. Enjoy the show!
Thunder and lightning rocked Western Washington yesterday. I did a little bit of lightning chasing after dark. However between the storms we had a peaceful sunset along the shores of Maxwelton Beach. Here is a brief time lapse of the setting sun. Then scroll down and see my favorite lightning capture from my late night storm chasing.
Shhhh...I'm going to let you in on a little secret. I shoot weddings. Kind of. Sometimes. Ok, so here's the deal. I'm blessed with a big, close family. And, my cousins went and had a bunch of kids. Girls to be exact. There are some boys mixed in, but girls rule. Seventeen of them if I am counting correctly, and those are just the second cousins. I'm not shooting 17 weddings. Right now I on the books for two. Don't worry I'm not giving up landscape photography. My astrophotography is doing amazingly well at the Whidbey Art Gallery, I just scored the cover of Whidbey Life Magazine, and five of my images were chosen to grace the halls of the new wing of WhidbeyHealth, our local hospital. Landscape photography is my passion. Though it is no secret that I enjoy documentary photography and it is my second passion. Anytime I can combine the two creating environmental portraits I am a happy camper. Weddings are a totally different animal. They are fast pace, stressful, and crazy. A stark contrast from my peaceful wilderness experience. But you know what, I thrive on fast pace, stressful, and crazy. Maybe it stems from my previous life as an elementary special education teacher, but no matter where it comes from weddings push me as a photographer. I love stepping up to the challenge. So for now I am not actively pursuing weddings, but if you dig my style message me. We should chat.
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