I have been living at summer camp since June 11, 2011 working 10+ hours days. This leaves little time to blog but enough time to snap photos around camp. Leap of Faith is the first post of many from my summer.
One of the favorite camp activities the campers participate in is the High Ropes Courses. There was enough time for the staff to climb on the course on a hot Monday afternoon. Cliff the lead facilitator on the ropes course let me climb before Mike M. to snap photos from 30 feet above.
As a child I had a fear of the rope course but that changed with age and the experience of climbing so many times. With the harness bucked around my waist I climbed up the pole looking to capture the moment. The hardest part of getting into place without question is standing up on the pole. There is about a foot and half of room to stand on top of the pole.
Upon standing on the pole; I quickly jumped off while holding onto the steel cable pulling myself past the trapeze bar to get into position. My goal was to capture Mike jumping off the pole through the trapeze bar.
Dangling middle air is no problem. Having the camera made it easier to forget that I was 30 feet above the ground.
My position was so good Mike’s momentum took him straight into the camera’s position. Here is the result.
This photo was taken in the summer of 2010. There are a few moments during a day a staff member gets time off. How they spend it is up to them. Eden decided on this night to spend it working out.
In my photography I look for reflections and/or shadows of the subject(s) to assist in telling the story. On this particular night at camp we planned a fashion show where campers dressed in a theme then walked down the bright purple carpet. I set up the spotlight to give the stage more light and more of Hollywood/fashion feel while they strutted down the cat walk. After the program, several staff members were rocking out on stage and I noticed the great shadows they were casting from the spotlight against the back wall. I asked two of the more charismatic staff members to continue dancing while I photographed their shadows. It also helps that Stephanie has massive hair which flies when you toss it.
Thanks Erin and Stephanie.
On the last weekend of camp, a group of staff members went to Stony Point Park in Northridge, CA to rock climb. I joined up with the group later in the day. This was my first time rock climbing since college. The experience was both positive and enjoyable. We sat for hours in a shady nook watching each other climb. The climbing was exhilarating and rewarding. The group was extremely supportive and I would not of been able to reach the top without them. They kept calling out holds for me to use. I hope to go climbing again in the near future.
For a majority of the pictures I was using a fish-eye lens. I rented one from www.lensrentals.com; they are professional and provide a great service for a reasonable price. The quality of their lenses are top notch. The lens arrived earlier in that day so I needed to use it right away. I probably over used the fish-eye lens but it was my first time using one.
On my trip to Milwaukee, I visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. I saw Marvin Newman’s series of women’s’ legs. This inspired me to do my own collection of leg photos.