I Was Waiting

Stephen  Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Shell Ridge Road, Aransas Bay, Clouds, Beach, Reeds, SunriseSo what was I waiting for? The proverbial “shoe to drop”? A marked lack of enthusiasm and creativity? My not wanting to get out of bed and go to work? Becoming complacent with my art…

No. None of those things are going to happen any time soon. As a matter of fact…I feel like I’m just NOW finding my way. And this is a path I NEVER thought I’d be taking. Until I took the chance, I didn’t even know that this was a possibility for me…

I’ve never been more satisfied with “my work” than I am right now. In my past life, work was a way to make money. Sure…I liked what I did and was rewarded financially for doing it. I was good back then. But I don’t think I was ever REALLY happy doing it. But I had to make a living…

I never felt I had a drop of artistic aptitude. I can’t play any instruments or sing. Drawing? Not really. The best I could do was outline the images in a coloring book in black…and fill in the sections with color. I’ve never tried pottery or sculpture. Nope…I can’t remember any successful artistic endeavor in my entire life…

And then photography came into my life. It was like being reborn…having a second chance to define myself! I can pick up a camera body now and use it to see things that I used to overlook. Not even notice. I was oblivious to them…

My waiting for “the next thrill” is over. Having the opportunity to make simple, honest images in and around Rockport, Texas is such a blessing. I don’t report to anyone…and I don’t have anyone reporting to me. It’s just ME! This is ME. I put everything I have into my art. Some like it…some don’t.

I’m just happy that I listened to that little voice way down inside of me…

 

 

 

The Pavilion

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Beach, Piers, Water, ShellsI keep returning to this scene…over and over again!

It really is one of my favorite locations. It has so many different moods, feelings, and textures, It’s all about the light and the weather here. Well maybe it isn’t really just that…

It takes me about 5 minutes to drive here. I try to think about the shot I want as soon as I get in the jeep. Do I want to go wide angle like I did for The Pavilion? Maybe I’ll go for a mid range zoom lens and and find something unique to highlight. I’ve decided before I get there…

As the photographer, I get to decide on what I want to show you. Unlike a painter who starts with a blank canvas, I start with a magnificent scene. My task is to make this scene ALL mine. Put MY spin on it! I want you to see what I’m experiencing. I try to give you a whiff of the salty air. I want you to feel the wind moving the clouds and the water. I want you to see the very first hint of a new day on the horizon…

Maybe I get to become part of the scene by sharing this with you.

 

 

 

Not Miami Beach

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Beach, Sand, Houses, Fishing Piers, Palm Trees, Waves, Aransas BayYes…We have miles and miles of beaches here in Rockport, TX.

No…They’re NOT anything like Miami Beach.

Yes…We have houses on a lot of our beaches.

No…We don’t have any 30 story condominiums here on our beaches.

Yes…We have a perfectly groomed beach at the Rockport Beach Park. World class…

No..You can’t drive your car on the Rockport Beach Park sand.

Yes…Most of our beaches are left as natural as they can be.

No…We don’t want it to be like Miami Beach. Not now…not ever…

 

 

 

 

 

Clouds And More Clouds

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Aransas Bay, Waves, Clouds, Fishing Pier, Docks, Sunrise, ShipsWe’ve been having some very dynamic weather here along the Coastal Bend. I love it. Not only do we get some much needed rain…we get CLOUDS!

Not just ANY kind of wimpy clouds…but those HUGE cumulonimbus clouds that fill the sky. And the good thing is that last ALL day long…

I love the depth in them. They are so dimensional. It’s like you can reach out and stick your hand in them. Depth…Texture…Color…

I made this image of Aransas Bay yesterday in the early pre-dawn. For my personal taste, this one has it all. There’s a nice color hint of what’s to come on the horizon. There’s an old fishing pier losing it’s battle with Mother Nature. She ALWAYS wins! There’s a tow boat pushing a barge across Aransas Bay on the horizon. There’s movement and an understated power in the wind driven waves.There’s even a bird…

But best off all there’s my CLOUDS! Ominous, dark, billowing clouds reaching as far as my lens can see. I made this single file image with a Canon 5Ds R body and a Canon 17-40mm lens. Manual mode…1/25 of a second (those big boats move fast)…f/13 at an ISO of 50. Of course everything was secured on a beefy Gitzo tripod.

I hope you like it as much as I do…

 

 

 

Somewhere Over The…

Stephen Fisher Photography, Rockport TX, Fishing Boats, Night, Harbor, MarinaOne of my on-going personal photography projects is to shoot as many of the Rockport/Fulton icons…but with a new spin.

There are places in every town, every national park, every WHERE, that get photographed by EVERYONE. Locals. tourists, amateurs, and professionals all want to memorialize those iconic scenes. MOST of these photographers get out of their vehicles…walk to the very same place where MILLIONS have stood before them…and make the exact same image. And guess what? Thats fine…

For most, photography is a hobby. An outlet. A way to relax and make memories. It doesn’t matter if you use a smart phone or tens of thousands of dollars of high end gear. The important thing is to enjoy the act of making photographs. It also doesn’t matter if you shoot on full automatic mode or manual mode. I hear from so many people sounding APOLOGETIC about shooting in automatic mode. What difference does it make. Thats not even close to being important…

I’ll tell you what I think is important. I’d MUCH rather see a unique, creative, original, thought provoking image that isn’t technically perfect than a PERFECT boring “copy cat” photo. ANYONE can master the technical aspects of digital photography…anyone. You can learn it on your own. It’s not rocket science…although it IS science.

I look at hundreds of other photographer’s work every day. It’s one of the ways I learn. If it is in focus…I’ll look at it. If it shows a drop of creativity…I’ll look it hard. In my opinion, creativity trumps (no pun intended) technical EVERY time. Anyone can learn the technical challenges of photography…

Creativity on the other hand is mostly innate. You either “have it”, or you don’t. It’s the trait that can turn a photograph into a work of art. Walking to that same “X” painted on the ground where thousands have stood, and making that exact same photo that thousands have made isn’t being creative. Being creative is letting your style run free. It’s exactly like “dance like no one is watching”! It’s freeing your soul…

 

 

 

 

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