The Unfamiliar Gambol of Light
I don't know about you but when something I plan for far exceeds my expectations, I immediately praise God. I also get this huge grin on my face and despite all my efforts I cannot get rid of it. Happens every time. Whether it be discovering some incredible new spot to set up my hammock, getting a job two days after being fired, or stumbling upon this fantastic play of light after talking with a polite iPhoneographer, I get goosebumps.
Along with the 'Iconic Northwest' theme, my dad suggested I go shoot the Ira Keller fountain. It's right there near the waterfront in the middle of downtown Portland, but I had never heard of it! I don't have any idea how I could spend so much time downtown and never see this place. Anyway, I met this awesome guy named Roman and we talked for a few while I waited for my shot to finish. He was actually the very first person to know I was creating a blog, and he asked me for any advice I had for a video he was going to shoot with his friend. Not having any videography experience, my advice was this: "Think of all the ways someone has done something, and find a way to do it different." You don't have to be incredibly talented to have an original idea, just think a little offbeat.
Well, after chilling at the fountain for a while I thought I would try my luck on the Waterfront. I had no idea the Rose Festival was going on, so you can imagine my surprise as I was welcomed by a live band, dazzling carnival rides, and the smell of over-priced food! I toured around for a bit and realized my best chance of a Ferris Wheel shot would be from the bridge above me, and I could shoot it at an angle with the traffic and the city in the background.
You see that lady in the second photo up there? If any of you know who she is could you let me know? I would like to buy her flowers. That lady walked up and talked to me for a few minutes, not about anything exciting, but then she showed me the picture she just took on her iPhone. It was pretty good! I originally wanted to shoot that Ferris Wheel from straight on like she did, but I avoided it thinking it would lack interest. Well, I wasn't happy with my first shot and she had inspired me to try from there. The results were better than I could have ever imagined!
I walked to my car with goosebumps all over my body. I couldn't believe the pictures I had just taken! With that huge grin I had mentioned earlier, I bounded back to my van - fully satisfied and utterly exhausted - and made my way home.
My dad did absolutely nothing to fuel my excitement. Don't get me wrong, my dad is always looking to help me improve my photos, but sometimes I just want him to be excited with me even if he knows they could be better. He was right though. They lacked subject. So after a good friend's wedding and getting completely drenched in spilled champagne, my dad accompanied me on a mission to improve my shot; whereupon I filled the entire memory card and couldn't continue. Thank you dad. It turned out good.