I am inspired to see how someone else looks at a place, or an object, or a person. I enjoy the comradery of seeing my fellow photogs out in the trenches at a parade, in the field with the elk, or out chasing the fall colors. One of my favorite things to do is to have a “shoot out” – shoot a photo of a fellow photog shooting a photo of me shooting them.
Your camera is an extension of your eye, or is it your arm? Whatever. It has to come between you and whatever it is that you’re shooting. In my book, a portrait of a photog requires a camera somewhere in the frame.
Last spring I shot the Artrageous Parade with my pal Judy. After the festivities I asked for a shoot out…Note her concentration and the delicate way she operates the zoom, she’s closing in on me. Judy has a love for shooting, and a love of life. She can tell a story better than just about anyone I know and her photos are full of insight – Judy shoots thoughtfully, capturing the light at just the right moment.She seems to have caught me growling. That’s what she gets for insisting I not cover my face with my camera. When I know I’m shooting outdoors I wear my Transitions Aviators – I can mash the eye cup all over those huge lenses. I must not have noticed the lack of sunshine, since I’m sporting the huge rectangular hood. I used exactly one lens that day, so of course I carried 4. That Domke Bag is classic though…
This is my sister-in-law Karen in the Observation Car of the California Zephyr. We shot constantly for 3000 miles last spring. We shot elk, marmots, prairie dogs, and each other.
I like Karen’s grip, it’s almost like the camera was made to fit in her hands, corners covered with fingers free so that she can still zoom. Karen always seems to hold her camera so level, she studies shots carefully. It shows in how she holds onto the camera and how she has all the controls completely in within reach.
This is Chip – an amazing local photog who has self-published the definitive work on the area in and around Eureka Springs. On this day Chip was shooting for the local paper, the Lovely County Citizen. He was shooting me, covering my show last summer. Chip is not only one of the most talented photogs I know, he also shows so much grace covering silly things like my show or a parade. You might see his work in galleries, and you might see him covering a traffic jam. He does it all and does it all well – and he does it with one kick-ass Nikon. That sucker is the most amazing camera I have ever seen. Great photography may not be about the camera, but rocking a D4 can’t hurt…
Just last weekend I had the opportunity for a shoot out in Texas…I met Honie Briggs!! This is a shot of Honie shooting me. I was in town for a trade show and I read her awards post – she shared her position on crazy Dallas Freeway Onramps – Seriously, no one does an awards post like Honie. I left a comment about having driven on one that day. She emailed me and asked if I had time to meet – it was awesome to meet her and her Loyal Follower…Here is Honie’s shot of me shooting her, she did a better job with the light inside this amazing Italian market. I was using my Leica portrait lens, I had hoped to shoot my reflection in her filter, but that prime doesn’t focus close enough. A couple of times we snapped at the same instant and all I got was flash, those shots look a bit like an alien with a huge glowing eyeball, nothing at all like Honie…And one more shot of Honie shooting me. Nice form – nice gear. Honie takes wonderful shots of nature and flowers, I love her classic car shots too. Truly a renaissance woman here.
My quick trip to Texas gave me the chance to meet on of my favorite bloggers in person. She was a warm, thoughtful, and funny in person as she is here in the blogosphere!
I LOVE this concept, so cool. I also love the idea of bloggers meeting bloggers. Glad you had a good time 🙂
It was a blast and Honie is a blast. I have a few bloggers that I follow in this part of the country that I am pretty sure I will meet up with eventually.
Fantastic! I love the photography of photography idea.
Great post, Lorri. (Sorry for the cliche, but it’s true). What a topic… yep, and where are the photos of you by the elk, marmot and co…? What do you mean, they don’t have their own cameras? Is that fair? 😉
You know Val, it is really not fair. I have found that elk are reluctant to share their photos. 😉
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LOVE this! 🙂
I can’t believe two of my favorite blogging buddies were in one place and I missed the party. Great pics!
Man – we would have held a table for you for sure! It was a blast meeting a blogger in real life – and Honie is real.
If I’ve learnt nothing else from this wonderful post… I’ve learnt I’m holding my camera wrong … lol… what a great post, I love it…
LOL – I’m sure that you are holding it just fine. Your shots don’t look like they need you to make any adjustment.
What a total blast! I love this series of pics. My Dad took pics of his fellow cameramen and I always thought they were interesting. I will be posting those along the way. I think it is a great idea! I will have to check out her blog now.
Honie is a peach. She has an awesome writing style – she makes me laugh and she makes me think.
I’m reading it right now, it’s great! Thanks for the lead on it.
It will be really interesting to see your dad’s shots of other photographers – I will be zoned in on the gear. I love old camera gear.
There are a couple you are gonna love, along with the clothes. maybe I will move them up the roster…
I love seeing all of his work – the history is great and his eye – such talent.
Thank you so much, he really was gifted.
Hey dude….enjoy your blog so I gave you the Liebster Award. No rules. Enjoy
Thanks Mama! The kind with no rules are the best:)
What fun — glad you got to meet.
What a fun post.
Love your series of images of each other.
I’ve never heard of this expression “shoot-out”, but then I am pretty new to photography and am a solitary individual.
Vicki – I made up the term a few years back. A friend and I were facing each other down in the middle of the street after a parade. It’s just silly 🙂
Cool! Thank you for the fun post!
Thanks for stopping by Russ!
How awesome that you were able to meet Honie! I love this shots. What FUN! 😉
It was FUN – maybe you and I can have a shoot out someday 🙂
I was thinking that, too! ‘)
Learn something every day – never heard of a shoot out at least in photography. Looks like you were all having a lot of fun.
You probably never heard of it because I made it up. I have been doing it for years. Just a silly thing 🙂
Awesome! All of you. I am so jealous because I can’t take pictures worth a flip. I only have a puny little sony. 😉 That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!
Shoot. Everyday. With whatever camera you have 🙂 I have a photog buddy who is an Airborne Vet who started with a small pocket point and shoot – he was able to do amazing things with it.
I am going to try, I know there is no way I can be as good as you, but I am a painter I should be able to do some photos. 🙂
If you paint you get composition. I think it’s like any other discipline. I try to shoot everyday. I had a college prof encourage me to draw every day for a semester and see if there was a difference – there really was.
Well then I will try, I will stick my little camera in my purse and take it everywhere and see what I can do. 🙂 Thank you!
I look forward to hearing and seeing more 🙂
“…an alien with a huge glowing eyeball, nothing at all like Honie.” You’ve never seen me first thing in the morning – talk about Alien!
Lorri, it was great meeting you in person. Like my loyal follower said, “It’s like we knew each other already.” Thanks for complimenting my skills. (The check is in the mail.)
LOL – if you looked anything like those flash shots your brightness would wake the whole neighborhood!
It was great meeting you guys as well – I so appreciate you taking the time! Let’s cut a deal, I’ll talk up your skills and you can be my paid commenter 🙂
Deal. And you’re in luck, I’m running a two for one special through the end of the month.
LOL – what a deal!