Hey readers! I've been doing a lot of shooting, a lot of working at the day job, and trying to keep up with everything else lately. Having said that, an overdue continuation of the Close to Home series is finally here! I hope you all enjoy the writing and the photography. Let's get to it, then!
In the second blog post of this series, I'd like to make a multi-part post about city parks being a great option for getting out and getting photos. I've found the city parks in Oklahoma to be great places to grab some good photos, be outdoors, catch some familiar wildlife, and get some exercise. This first part I will be concentrating on Radar Park in Weatherford, OK.
On a weekend trip over to Weatherford to visit some family members, my cousin and I had some free time and decided to head to the walking trails at the city park with our camera kits. Despite being a little early in the day for great light, we had a great time, got some great photos, and walked about a mile in the process.
I feel like sometimes local parks are easy to overlook or forget about. I often think and dream about all these epic locations and have to remind myself of what things are nearby. This is what led me to come up with the idea of this series of blog posts. I'd like to keep reminding myself and others what you can find near your home when you don't live near a place like Rocky Mountain National Park or conversely, in New York City.
The other things I've noticed since I started shooting more closely to home, is that I now tend to notice small details more. It's almost like hunting, in that certain senses become more tuned in to find that elusive shot. You'll start finding yourself noticing little miniature landscape shots in an old piece of bark with stuff growing in and around it. You'll get better at tracking the local squirrels and bunny rabbits. On top of that, the more you shoot, the better your shots get! I'm hoping you all notice my work improving as much as I do over the course of this series.
At Radar Park we didn't come across too many people or larger objects to photograph. You'll notice that I captured a ton of close-up, more detail oriented shots on this walk. In the course of the close to home series, I'd like for you to notice how the settings dictate the types of shots I end up with. I've noticed it's helped make me a more well-rounded photographer. Some places I end up with some street photography-esque shots, others I end up with landscapes and larger subjects.
As I conclude this particular post, I do wonder a few things about this series. I'd like you guys to comment below and give me some guidance on how you'd like these articles to go from here. Would you like to see me shift a bit more towards providing gear info, camera settings, tips and tricks for how I got certain shots, etc? Do you prefer the more story-telling style where I just put out general ideas and tell you my story? I want for this particular series to continue to be about inspiring others to get outdoors and enjoy the nature around them. I'm just curious if you think I should expand the focus to include more technical parts of the photography. Let me know!
For the end of this post, I'm going to continue my new tradition and include a gallery for your viewing and inspirational pleasure! As an aside, if you'd like to see more of my work, be sure to follow me on Instagram!