I love photowalks so much! There is something so relaxing about a walk in the rain, am I right? I took my son out the other day to walk in the rain. We just walked around our neighborhood and I tried to feel inspired by the elements around our apartment building. I’ve been reading a Breakout from ClickinMoms called the Art of the Photography by Sarah Gupta and it has really inspired me! She lives in New York City and she manages to make all of her photos look like shes out in the country. I was amazed and so inspired. I still have some things to practice, but if she can create beautiful images like she does in her city, then I can definitely do the same in mine.
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I have always loved photo walks, but I think my photography is finally changing into something I love. It only took me four years. Give yourself time to learn and grow. I know I’ll be learning and growing for the rest of my life (in all things, not just photography).
So, on this walk I actually used three different lenses. I really wanted to capture images the way I wanted to. I think the next time I go on a walk, I’ll push myself and take only one lens. But here was my gear for the walk:
- Nikon D610
- Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART lens
- Sigma 85mm 1.4 ART lens
- Nikon 105 Macro lens (this is the old version of this lens, I would recommend buying the newer version)
I’ll be sure to put my settings and which lens I used under each photo. I really do love photowalks! I hope you enjoy and get inspired yourself!
So my son actually has on a spiderman shirt underneath his cute sweater. I really didn’t want to take pictures of him in that shirt…but he didn’t want to take it off (he’s been really attached to the shirt this past week). But he was totally fine with having the sweater on! Luckily it was colder this morning so he wasn’t hot at all!!
My son was tired of having me take pictures of him at this point…so I decided to turn to the nature. Rainy days are perfect for macro photography! This first image was taken with my Sigma 85 before I decided to switch to my macro lens.
Then it was back to my Sigma 24 lens, which is honestly on my camera 85% of the time. Mostly because I’m indoors 85% of the time. I do find that my outdoor photography looks a lot better with my 85 lens and I am pushing myself to try and use that one more. I love the creaminess it gives my images when outside. Oh, I also wanted to point out that having a higher shutter speed (the lowest I tend to go is 1/250) is key to avoid camera shake and motion blur (unless you want this, of course!).
Then my son found a puddle to splash in. He loved jumping in the puddles. He really enjoyed it! But after a few splashes he decided to sit in the water haha! When he realized he was wet and messy he asked for ‘a tissue’ (which is what he always asks for if he ever gets messy). Sure, bud. You can have a tissue. It sure did make my morning so much funnier!
Messy bum haha!
As you can see from my settings, getting closer to the stairs, our light was getting darker. So in the above image, I brought my shutter speed down to 1/250. But I didn’t want to keep bringing my shutter speed down. So, instead, I brought my ISO up a little so that I could keep a fast shutter speed for the below images, while still keeping everything exposed (I actually purposefully underexpose my images, I just like the way they look better, I feel like they’re creamier).
He realized his bum was wet haha!!
If you have any questions, let me know! I encourage you to go on a photowalk. Rain or shine! Pro tip: if you go on a photowalk when it’s a bright sunny day, either go right before the sunsets (golden hour) or try and find some shade to shoot in. Overcast days you can go anytime and shoot anywhere (as long as no sun is peaking through, it could create hotspots if that’s the case). Just be mindful of the light you are using. You will like the images you get a lot more if you use the light thoughtfully.