In Champaign, IL, I was incredibly fortunate to become part of a wonderful group of photographers who supported each other, and lifted each other up. We are a diverse group in terms of experience and professions, but the one thing that is clear is that everyone is incredibly passionate about photography. Recently, one of the guys who heads up the group (who is a wonderful photographer, I might add) proposed a challenge to us. He said, "Why don't we go against our every instinct and turn our cameras from RAW to JPEG, and then use a feature like B&W [in-camera]. Now, produce an image that you're proud of with no post-production." I loved this challenge, because it really forced me to make sure that I was shooting images that I could be proud of out of camera. A good reminder, for sure.
I've already posted the photos on our group's facebook page, but I thought I'd share them here as well. Remember, these images are completely unedited! I just dropped them right from my camera into BlogStomp (the software I use to add my watermarks), and then into this blog post.
Inspired by the wonderful group I've gotten to know in Champaign, I decided to seek out a similar group in Savannah. I figured there was a slim chance I would find anything, but... you never know, I guess. Worth a shot, right? Well, turns out, I have already stumbled upon a group full of supportive photographers. I don't know them all that well, yet, but they seem like good people that I am glad to know. Yesterday, I went out with this wonderful group and shot for a bit of the time in black and white in camera, carrying over a bit of my Champaign-Urbana photography challenge.
I love it here.