“Chasing the Light” is something as a photographer I have always done. Way back when, in my early 20’s back when I was slim and had dark brown hair, my passion was street photography.
The US Navy sent me to Syracuse University in the middle 70’s to learn photojournalism. After finishing a one year course I was sent back to the fleet. I soon found myself wandering most of the ports of Mediterrean, Africa, South America and the United States. I called it my job but what it really was, was my passion. Exploring exotic places with cameras. The photos and stories were sent off to official publications, the lessons learned filed away in my mental rolodex. One of the keys to what I felt was good shooting involved a concept I still work under, I call it “Chasing the Light”. It works like this.
1. Prepare all your gear before you sleep. Dust all your lenses, check the batteries, replace if needed, and assemble your research. Where, what and how you might want to photograph.
2. Get up at about 5am, arrive on location or starting point and begin walking.
In Bangkok and other places in southeast Asia early morning is when most of the shopping and really hard work gets done. People are moving around. By 9am the tropical light is very hard and contrasty plus it is just to hot. Usually around 1800 it begins to fade to golden light with soft shadows. This is nothing new, my photojournalist buddies have been doing this all their careers but it is surpring to see others dragging around in the middle of the day looking for that perfect image.
So this series begins and as time goes on I will talk more about other things that make your images better such as “Entire to Detail” shooting.