Below are some of my images and ensuing rants, ramblings, and explanations about the who, how, why, where, and what-is and what-nots of my 2014 Windfest coverage in Portland, Texas for the local Corpus Christi, Tx newspaper on April 13, 2014.
The first image involves the ride called “Tornado.” My approach was to play with motion tracking photography (not sure if that’s the technical term). There was something interesting about how seemingly disinterested this one girl was while riding, just twirling her hair so nonchalantly. I would have gladly traded places with her, not that I’m not perfectly content with my lot, just saying. I was unable to catch her camera center. But this works for me.
The following photo was one of my favorites from the day.
When I showed the picture on the back of the camera to father of the child he asked, “you made this just now with your camera?” I immediately said yes, though I wondered later how else I could have made it.
Then there was Elvis:
What I love about shooting wide angle ~16 mm focal range, is well, the angle the unique perspective provides. They say that the 50mm focal range most closely resembles how the eye sees, and I don’t disagree with this, in so much as our eyes see more than we can, or rather we perceive more than we’re able to actually focus upon. I think the wide angle perspective really allows us to feel as though we’re in the moment through TOTAL immersion. This is not to say that any other focal length such as telephoto ~200 mm, does not provide a similar effect; I just believe it tends to provide a more personal immersion, as opposed to TOTAL immersion. Take for instance this shot of Elvis, one can almost feel like this could be them…
… which is very different from the feeling of “I could be there now” the below photo provides:
The following two are self-explanatory.
With this one I tried to capture children at the first visible turn, and then one at the base, exiting the slide. I didn’t get it. But the following image is interesting to me, since it almost looks as though the child is frozen on her back at the base of the slide.
And finally, another motion shot.
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