Atlanta Ga

Historic Fourth Ward Beltline Meetup & Shoot

Last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot with one of the more than many photography facebook groups I'm in. This group has a mixture of photographers and models with various skill levels. The group meets up once a month at a predetermined location to enjoy the hobby we love and learn from each other. 

We decided to meet up at Historic  Fourth Ward SkatePark.  It's Atlanta's first public skatepark and offers an immense variety serving as our backdrop. 

 

The park has a lot of cool features and the one that stands out to me is its proximity to the Atlanta Beltline. The Beltline is a non-stop happy train of people and pets passing back and forth. Some are out exercising, some are casually walking, I noticed a few out exploring, I even saw a guy with his portable kitchen and sold quick bites to eat. The Beltline sets your senses on fire!

Our group decided to setup under the overpass. The concrete walls there were nicely painted with graffiti. While we were shooting curiosity got the better of some people. Seeing all that camera and lighting gear converged in one spot definitely had something to do with it. I love it when a stranger has questions. This gives me the opportunity to engage with a stranger and explain to them what we are doing and I get to see if I can get them to pose for me. This works quite well. I figure most people who are interested probably want their picture taken anyway. (See above & below)

Our group has no intent to invade the park and pester people for photos. We brought our own models. That's right WE were prepared! Meet Sarah Conklin,_(<- Click to see her Ig) she posed for our group and this is one of the shots I got. Sarah came with a few different looks to choose from and she does makeup. She also brought the prop in this pic!  We didn't chat it up much but, we will be working together again. (See Below)

I didnt mention this eariler but when we all first met up. I couldnt help but notice this woman ride her bike into the park. I noticed her hair and tattos, she had a pinup girl look. I mentioned to someone that I would love to shoot her. Fast forward back to our shoot. The same woman parked her bike near where we were shooting. I wasted no time in asking! Vanessa was more than happy to join us. (See Below)

 

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the shoot. A special thanks goes to those who allowed me to shoot them. I look forward to next months and working with all of you again. 

  

The Snowmageddon that wasn't 2 of 52

Atlanta is an interesting place to live when a winter storm has been announced. Schools will be closed, some won't have to work, you'll be warned not to not drive and most important you may want buy meat and bread as soon as possible before the shelves are emptied.

My preparation for Snowpocalypse was different. I charged my batteries and planned on getting out as soon as the sun came up to capture unbothered snow. I hoped to get a shot of either a totally empty interstate or a roadway full of cars abandoned by their owners in order to save their lives. (We can be a little overdramatic when it comes to snow) 

The end result was NOTHING like meteorologist predicted at least in my area it wasn't. I woke up to find the ground barely covered. I mean you cant even call it a dusting. Hours later I went outside and I saw a good opportunity for my photo project. I give you Week 2 of 52. 

 

D700/50mm Afs

Cant do 365 so its a 52 week project for me

Should I give this 365 Project ago is the question I asked myself. Before I could answer my mind was already filling with reasons why I shouldn't. My biggest concern is failure due to not having time to shoot. I'm not a full-time photographer so my camera is tucked away during the week.

I did a quick bit of research and found a lot of helpful information on how to start a project, how to remain interested and how to complete it. My advice to anyone thinking about it is to DO IT! Honestly, there's no reason not to. A project like this can ignite creativity and have you seeing things from a new perspective. It also helps you to tell your story. A photo a day for an entire year will give good insite to how 2017 went from start to finish. 

My 365 will be informal, I plan on using my slr, my iphone 6s and possibly film. These shots may or may not be edited. I will take and post 1 picture for each week of the year. I'm allowing myself to play catch-up on weekends if necessary. 

Now to take that first shot!