Here are a few shots of downtown Asheville from tonight. The fountain in Pack Square Park has been popular as of late for children and families. Even with a storm brewing in the background the water entertainment went on.
No more dropped calls! I have reason to celebrate because of today I am no longer with AT&T. Now I’ll actually get all my calls and texts and have service in more places. I could write a novel on how bad AT&T’s cell coverage is in Asheville (and beyond) but I’ll sum it up in one word: terrible.
Here is a photo I took with my new Droid X. The image quality is great for a smartphone and, of course, is much better than my iPhone 3G was. I processed this using Lightroom 3 and did a few adjustments to get it looking sharper and more contrasty.
Also see it on flickr
A few months ago I visited Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, a park known for having wild ponies. They aren’t completely wild, per se, as they graze and roam in the boundaries of the park. The ponies were very tame, so much so you could walk right up to them. Unfortunately a lot of visitors feed the ponies carrots and other pony grub. It’s obviously not a good idea to feed brown bears in the Appalachian Mountains, so just because a wild pony can’t bite into your flesh, does that mean you should feed it? No?
Here is one of the photos I captured of a pony in the park. The weather was chilly and a surreal frost covered the ground and trees, but the greenery and colors still came through.
Recently I joined the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) so I decided to post a few shots in the photojournalist style. Catching people in the moment is an important part of photography at weddings. I’d rather snap off a candid than be obtrusive and interrupt someone’s conversation with “smile and look here!” Sure, people will look at the camera and smile occasionally, and that’s fine. But as the photographer I don’t want to initiate that (unless it’s a portrait session with the bride and groom).
These photos are from a recent Asheville wedding I photographed at The Farm near Asheville, North Carolina.
Photo geeks: I used a Nikon D700 and 4 different Nikkor lenses for these shots.
Here are two candid photos where the subjects are fully aware of the camera and looking in to the lens. I didn’t say a word or tell them to pose. Children’s “I see you taking my picture” look is more interesting than adults. Adults smile about 80% of the time. Children are a bit more unpredictable.
Candid photos are a big part of the day, but creative portraiture is another aspect of wedding photography that I truly enjoy. Here is an “artsy” portrait of the bride and groom.
A look at a few street musicians and performers in downtown Asheville last night.