I have been a student of photography for most of my life. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic camera that I bought at Zayre’s department store when I was 12. From there my desire to capture images grew, but it wasn’t until the onset of the digital age that it blossomed. For the past 8 years I have created thousands of images on many subjects. I am so fortunate to have been raised on Cape Cod where much of my photography is to this day created.
When I head out for a photo shoot I feel like a kid again with the growing anticipation of what new adventures or experiences I will encounter. One never knows what one will see when heading to photograph the New Bedford Fishing fleet or do a walkabout in downtown Boston. It is venturing into the unknown with the desire to capture a truly memorable moment that draws me out of my comfortable condition and go explore. I love to go out and shoot. It is my creative outlet.
I am going to take a moment to share an important insight into photography that I have learned over the years, and hope it will spark some thought by the reader about creating images. One has to understand the importance of light and composition. Much has been written about these two essentials of a good image, but until you experience their effect on your image and struggle with them when trying to capture the subject before you, they are merely concepts in words only. Light is vital to a good image and knowing how to use the light creatively is both a challenge and, at times, a curse. For images of landscapes some of the best lighting conditions happen during the “golden hour”, which is the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. The light casts long shadows and gives the subject a warm orange hue. So much can be done at this time of day. Midday, when the sun is high overhead, is a tough time of day to shoot because the light is bright, flat, and results in harsh shadows. This is where creativity is helpful if you have no choice but to shoot at noon. In every case, composition is something that is important to achieving a great shot. An interesting subject and great lighting will only be as good as the composition……only be as good as the “eye” of the photographer. Use your imagination! Develop that "eye"!
Thank you for taking the time to look at my images. I hope that some of them put a smile on your face or invoke an emotion or memory that made your day. That is the essence of what I try to do and if I can put that smile on just one person’s face, I have succeeded.
Wayne S. Collamore
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