August 2019 Newsletter
August in Louisiana
August in Louisiana is hot and humid with a thunderstorm nearly every day (there’s one outside right now). The challenge is to keep shooting so I don't lose my edge, so, I do my shooting inside.
To keep things going, I’ve given myself three self assignments:
- Photograph something every day. Get a camera and lens out and photograph something, anything.
- Photograph with every lens, camera body, and accessory I own, at least once in the month of August.
- Convert a dozen images to black and white and print them to create a small portfolio. This will help to hone my compositional and printing skills.
The idea isn’t to create great photographs, while that would be nice, it’s to maintain skill level and keep in practice. I’m picking out things around the house and photographing them, I’m creating panoramic images in the living room, I’m lighting stuffed animals and photographing them in the office, I’m shooting focus stacks of small objects and processing them. I’m trying to keep things challenging, so when the fall comes and I want to do some serious work, I’m able to pick up the camera and immediately create good images.with the technical skills on autopilot
My goal for next year is to focus on Infrared and Black and White images. I’ll still be dong birds and fall scenics, but the focus will be on Black and White and Infrared. I feel it’s time for a change.
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Photo Tours
Don’t forget to check out my scheduled tours. Lousiaiana is a wonderful place to photograph with our abundance of birds and cypress growing in the waters of the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest swamp ecosystem in North America. I’ve been doing the fall tours the week before and the week after Thanksgiving now for many years. Those weeks have never failed to be great times to photograph here. People think of fall photography earlier in the year, but fall comes late this far south. Last year the week after Thanksgiving was the best, but conditions change from year to year. We made wonderful images on both weeks.
The current tours, all with openings are:
- November 17–20, 2019 Fall Photo Tour (only one spot left)
- December 2–5, 2019 Fall Photo Tour
- March 29–April 1, 2020 Houma Louisiana Photo Tour
- April 19–22, 2020 Louisiana Bird Photo Tour
- May 3–6, 2020 Louisiana Bird Photo Tour
- May 17–20, 2020 Louisiana Bird Photo Tour
You can check out the details for these tours here http://charlesbushphoto.com/events.