Someone wanted to see this. The video has no sound because I cut it due to the obnoxious auto-focus.
I wanted to get these photos up, but I also took video. We witnessed this phenomenon a few weeks ago, but I could not get my camera settings right. I did this time. Although my camera had trouble getting the white balance right. I even tried to correct for it, but the 2nd photo is the most accurate to what I was seeing.
Okay, videos are up. The camera was not able to capture the ambient light well, so the videos are dark. I think it’s because I was running at 60 fps instead of 30 in order to capture the fast lightning.
The tree pics have some weird blurry aberrations because of a cheap macro lens add-on I was using, but I figured it gave it kind of a psychedelic effect. The last one is my favorite because it took a while to capture it the right way, and it paid off. It looks like it’s looking at me, but those aren’t its eyes.
I’ve realized that I largely shoot documentary-style photos. Which are liked by many, and are my preferred style. My photographic philosophy is largely to capture and represent the world how it is, not some amped-up fantasy.
But I want to try to be more creative, because documentary-style photography can be uninteresting to some, especially if the subject matter doesn’t interest them. Also, because that’s what most people do with their cameras; document their lives, so photos become little more than evidence that they have been places.
I want people to be interested in subject matter that they may not have been interested in before, or at least not as interested. I think that’s what a true artist does, even though I would never consider myself as such.
I have another small shell and will clean off the dirt from all of them, which I didn’t do for some reason. So, I’ll try another composition with them.