I've had some free time this week. Classes haven't really started, not a huge workload soo far, and I start my new job next week. So I drove to Bay City and Saginaw, making a point to stop and see the small things. Interesting doors, windows with grates behind them, details that I feel like I gloss over whenever I'm trying to find somewhere to shoot.
I feel like I can shoot anywhere and come away with something. Instead of driving 8 hours to a cool location, I want to drive around and find a way to create interest in the scenes that I see so often that their photographic potential is obscured by repetition. I want to get away from the kind of thinking that says, "Imagine the photos you could get with a model in this scene," or, just generally, fails to make the most of the location due to imagining the potential possible with an unlimited amount of resources.
I made a point to drive around without scoping out the areas online. I stopped at random places because I thought something looked interesting. I don’t normally dive into a shot without planning it out, but I did today.
I stopped by a church that I would have loved to drone over. Unfortunately, there was a school almost attached to the church, so I wasn’t going to push that. As I finished taking a photo of the church doors, apparently the students were let out for recess. I drove away, figuring that questions would be raised by a random stranger taking photos literally yards away from an elementary school. The door photo turned out pretty well, though.
I had really wanted to take my drone out today. It was borderline conditions out, just a bit too windy for me to comfortably fly. Part of my shoot today was wasted in trying to find a good location prior to realizing the poor flight conditions.
Overall, I forced myself to shoot in new conditions today. I made something out of these random and frankly looked-over locations.