The Sun Changes Everything

A while back I was back at a familiar location that I had already flown with my quadcopter. Just a couple of days apart the conditions were completely different. There was not wind the second day, and this thing that we had not seen for quite sometime was out. It is called the sun. We went through a long stretch without seeing it. Only once before that day while I had my quadcopter in fact. The shadows the sun creates changed everything about my flight that day. I would probably not have made another photo of the bridge, but the stopped train along with the great shadow made the decision a no brainer. At first look the photo can be a little confusing, and I like that about it.

Cleaning Things Up

The part of photography that nobody tells you about when you start is just how much you start to collect after a while. I started taking this a little more seriously just over five years ago. When I started shooting sports I kept everything. At some point though you find yourself with terabytes worth of files that are just sitting there. I had a plan of going through and cleaning my Drobo of a lot of these old sports files as the weather turned bad this winter. The nice weather has delayed that job a little bit. I have gone through and pitched a bunch of the photos that I didn’t consider keepers early on. I don’t like the majority of my keepers from back then so why keep the photos that I didn’t consider good enough then? My process has become much more streamlined over the years, but those early days of shooting has left me with a job to do. Slowly but surely I have rid my Drobo of the files that I don’t need anymore. I have saved some of the better stuff, but if I didn’t get paid to shoot the event it will be purged.

The Overview Effect

The day that I made this shot I picked up a book at Barnes and Noble. I had another book in hand to buy, but that all changed when I saw Overview by Benjamin Grant. The book looks at the Earth as the astronauts see it from space. The book collects some amazing satellite photos that show just how amazing this planet is. The book is inspired by the “Overview Effect” which is what astronauts feel after looking down on the Earth from above. I have become infatuated with the top down look with my drone. It was one of the reasons I bought the drone after using one for a few days. I love the different perspective that it gives me. The photos that I make are anywhere from three to four hundred feet above the ground. Seeing the Earth from space gives you a completely different take on things, and makes me want to hit several lotteries so I can get my own orbiting camera up there.   If you want to know more about the book you can click here. You can gets details on the book as well as a few ways to follow their accounts on social media. Just following the Instagram account is inspiring. I get nothing for recommending the book. I always feel the need to talk about things that really inspire me. This is one of them.

The Week in Photos

Last week was a fun week that saw me get back into sports a little bit again. I really have strayed since the start of the year, but the next few weeks will see the action pick up a bit. You can see some of my favorite photos from last week here on my Exposure site. This is a fun post that is fun to put together each week.

Thank You!

I periodically like to say thank you to the people who take the time to read this blog. Today seems like a good day to do so again. Yesterday this little blog had the third best numbers day in the over five year history of it. I have always been a numbers guy, but the numbers on the blog are not my priority. The blog is more of a creative outlet for me as it allows me to write a bit. I do notice when the numbers spike though. Eyes on my work and the blog also provide a little incentive to keep going through the process. It is one that I enjoy doing, but knowing that people are reading makes it easier to make time for. Thank you for reading this little blog, and I hope that I can keep creating things to keep you coming back to read more.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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