I’m a man of multiple hobbies and interests. I like photography, fedoras, guitars, firearms, motorcycles, literature, and writing. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to see how well I can photograph my hats, guitars and firearms. Regrettably, I am without a motorcycle at present – keep that in mind as gift-giving holidays near.
I expect many challenges, and I’m looking forward to all kinds of epiphanies. The photos in this post can be considered a baseline or starting point for hats and firearms. Guitars will come later.
Early lessons should be apparent in the images: 1) the revolver mug shots might be useful for insurance records, but lack interest as photographs. I want to turn them into beautiful still life images, through lighting, props, and composition. 2) Hats make great photographic subjects, with subtle textures, contours, and colors. Can I adjust the lighting and composition to create a portrait of the hat, not the person? I definitely need a different model – not because of humility, but because it’s just too dang hard to frame, light, and focus the self-portraits.
Oh, and the most annoying lesson for the hats, firearms, and guitars is this: I’m going to have to clean each item before I photograph it! Well, I asked for the fast-paced life of a blogging photographer… Stay tuned.