This week’s class assignment was to show two photographs of showing emotion and have the pictures tell a story. So, on Saturday, I drove into Bellingham, Washington, thinking to check out the Farmer’s Market again, but on my way I began to wonder if there was going to be another protest parade and if so, than that would be rather exciting – Sure enough Bellingham aka “The Land of Subdued Excitement“ was experiencing a march protesting the POTUS’s desire to remove environmental controls. I quickly parked my car and literally ran to State Street and Holly to take a series of photographs of the protest.
What I learned this photo shoot was that I needed to calm down a bit when taking photos and to check and make sure that the picture I was taking was not slightly askew as one was. Also, I realized, belatedly, was that parades move and though I might have a fantastic shot, that I should have used a faster shutter speed in these photos. And…not to get so wrapped up on the photo shoot to forget to get the person’s name in the photo.
The next day I went to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley and shot some photos in the tulip fields at Roozengaarde Gardens in Mount Vernon, and later on in La Conner. (I really need to invest in a telephoto lens as well as a wide-angle lens, but that is another story.)
With these series of photos, I learned that I need to get closer to my subjects, to be ready for an unexpected photo-op at any time as there were a couple of scene that I was just not quick enough to shoot. All in all, it was an exciting and colorful photographic experience weekend!