This week's theme is water. Naturally I thought, hey Kubota has LOTS of water features. Surely I will be able to create a great picture of water there. I mean, how can you miss with a great subject matter like that, right?
The weather report looked iffy most of the week so I went to Kubota Monday morning after dropping The Boy at daycare and before I started work. It was a cloudy morning so there was lots and lots of soft gray light. I was the only person at Kubota so I was able to go wherever I wanted and take my time (I even climbed to a few places I probably shouldn't have to get the shot I wanted.) While the shots I got were pretty and nice they weren't all that great.
Since I was able to take some time with each shot and I had my tripod I focused on taking long exposure shots of the water to get that nice smooth look.
So nice pictures, pretty pictures even. One would think that in Seattle, a place surrounded by water, that it would be easier to get a nice water shot. Maybe I just didn't have the vision for this weeks challenge, maybe I didn't have the skills. I'm okay with that being the case because this whole project is about learning how to come up with that vision and then developing the skills to execute that vision. Either way, the photos just weren't quite what I was looking for.
I thought about setting up some shots using off camera flash to capture ice cubes falling into a glass of water. I searched flickr for ideas. On Friday the rain and the clouds began to clear. For my lunch I decided to head back to Kubota.
Normally the rule with landscape photography is that midday sunlight is bad. The light is too harsh and your subjects will look blah. There are so many hills and trees in Kubota so I figured I would get some interesting light and shadow effects that would be worth a try.
I walked around some more and eventually headed over to another pond. This pond is fed by water that has been routed through a log. I took several shots of it.
After I took far more pictures of that log than I care to admit I packed up and headed back to the car. On the way out of the park I noticed that there were tons of water droplets still on the branches of the Japanese maple trees. It looked kind of cool. I took a few shots. I was really happy with the results when I got back to the house and opened the shots in Lightroom. These shots I captured as an afterthought were my favorite.
So, another week and another surprise with the results. I'm learning that it takes a lot of work to create great photography. You also have to be open to surprises and be ready to take advantage of them when they come up. You can see my post here.
Next week's challenge theme is beaches. I won't be headed back to Kubota for next week, I think. I'll try Lake Washington or maybe head to one of the beaches on Puget Sound.