This year brings many new ambitions. Having just finished an intensive BFA program at the Academy of Art University, I'm ready to dive into new adventures. The biggest adventure, perhaps, is starting this photography business.
I began the new year with one of my favorite activities: hiking.
Just 20 minutes from my home is 1700 acres of public land maintained by the city. It hosts beautiful rolling hills, large oak trees, miles and miles of hiking trails, and several natural ponds.
Typically when I take my speedy dogs out, I bring my 18-135mm f3.5-5 lens. It's the kit lens that my camera came with, and it has served me well. Nevertheless, the last hiking trip of 2017 left me feeling frustrated with my photos. I so enjoy a shallow depth of field and that soft, glowy, dreamy look that comes with wider apertures. So this time, I grabbed my 50mm f1.8 and away we went.
Both Obie and Galileo were fantastic little models, as usual. I didn't give them any commands to aid the photos, but simply let them enjoy the wide open expanse of land.
I have been eager to take them out again, but we've had 3 days of nonstop rain. The hounds are feeling cooped up, but I'm eagerly anticipating the look on their faces when they see their favorite ponds filled up again.