February assignments included three theater shoots, one portrait session and one product session. Personal “planned” shoots included a tour of downtown Los Angeles, a visit to The Getty Center, and a walk through the Bolsa Chica Wetland Preserve.
Just for fun, I viewed about 1300 of last month’s images on the Aperture browser and scrolled through to see what caught my eye.
To my surprise, my favorite image was not from an assignment or planned shoot. The subject was not a singer, dancer, model, or bird in flight. It was one of our cats, doing what he does most of the time – napping.
In the previous post, I said that I don’t always carry a camera. Maybe I should.
For comparison, here is a nice picture of a very nice person. This image of fashion designer Barbara Bowman accompanied a story promoting the Ojai Film Festival’s “Oscar Party of the Decade.” The picture does its job, but does not grab me in any way (except for the memory of meeting Barbara, whom I liked very much). It’s about the most un-spontaneous shot ever, because we were on a very tight schedule. I arrived early with several lighting diagrams, studied the location and adjusted said diagrams, set up the lights, shot the pictures, put away the lights, and was driving home within twenty minutes total. I love my assignments, and I learn new technical tricks every time. But now I’m thinking about how much more I might learn from the images I make between assignments.