Sunday, June 26, 2011

Airplane Conversations

Antonova AN-124-100 in Winnipeg
I was flying back from New Brunswick this past Thursday, and on the Saint John-Toronto leg I was seated next to a gentleman who turned out to be a professional photographer / videographer. He had his video equipment in the overhead bin, next to my camera. We started talking about photography and he showed me quite a few of his photographs. He was very nice and gave me some tips on photography, accessories and post-processing.

A few things that really resonated with me:

  • When you take photographs, you're telling a story.
  • The story is more important than the technical details.
  • Always think how a shot could be improved.
He talked about the virtues of shooting in RAW format and encouraged me to get a circular polarizer. I used to have a polarizer years ago with my old Minolta Maxxum 5000i but I never purchased one for my Canon S3 nor for my T1i. I think I need to make that investment...

It was a really good conversation and really inspired me to try to take better photographs.

PS - The airplane above is an Antonov AN-124-100, shot in Winnipeg on June 19. The AN-124 is the second-largest operating cargo aircraft in the world (after the AN-225). I have no idea why it was in Winnipeg.

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