This year is off to a great start. Since I live in Indiana, the winters tend to be a bit tough and honestly, it wears on my creativity and inspiration. I don't do a lot of shooting in the winter, and when I do it's mostly in studio.
I'm a people shooter. I really enjoy shooting people vs. shooting nature. I'll get the bug every once in a while to shoot a flower here, a bug there or something without a pulse occasionally. But what really gets my shutter clicking is a person in front of my lens, preferably doing something interesting.
Buckley Homestead. This year I headed down again to shoot the massive WWII event which includes tanks, airplanes, soldiers, guns and even food.
Inevitably when I get home to my studio, I want to edit the images so that they have a historic look. I want to fool the viewer into thinking perhaps these images weren't taken in 2010 but in 1942 instead.
I find this somewhat challenging. I mean, the 40's were an interesting era in photography because you had a mixture of both color and B&W images. You even had B&W images that were later colored by airbrush which have a very unique quality all their own. So for me, trying to capture the essence of the era and the feeling of warfare proves to be very difficult. I also like to mix things up a bit and not repeat the same editing technique over and over.
This years event was great and I feel as though I've done what I set out to do with my captures and edits. I've shared a few images here and hope that you enjoy them. If you have any questions about how I achieve a particular look, please post in the comments section and perhaps I'll make a post dedicated to my editing techniques.
Coming up this month I have a Civil War reenactment in Naperville on the 15th (next weekend). I'm really looking forward to this event and the challenges my edits will present yet again. Trying to reproduce the look of Civil War era photography is especially challenging for me.