Back To Basics

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A long time ago before I even started this blog, I would just enjoy photography for what it is. I didn’t need a reason to shoot; I would just go out and shoot because I loved doing it. While I cover various events and do shoots every year now, this mentally of mine is still very much the same. I love what I do.

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Because of this I usually turn down jobs/shoots when asked. I know it may seem selfish, but I’m not in it for the money or the exposure. I started out just doing this for myself and it’s basically still that way; being able to share and have my work loved by others is really just a huge bonus (that being said THANK YOU so much for your support!). This is without a doubt the biggest passion of my life, and passion is priceless.

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Because of my busy schedule these days, I don’t find myself going out just to shoot as often as I used to. One place that I used to frequent on a regular basis however would be Elk Island, located just east of Edmonton.

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It was here that I would spend countless hours in the evening just shooting away without a care in the world. The only exception would be that one time I got stuck in a ditch here in winter…

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It’s always an adventure but despite my many visits in the past, I have yet to explore the entire park yet.

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One of the main reasons for that is because I always find myself back at Astotin Lake. I absolutely love the ocean, but of course we don’t have one over here in dry Alberta, so this’ll have to do.

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More often than not, I’ll just sit in front of this large body of water and just try out different techniques…

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…and just experiment with photography overall. Sometimes you get some pretty interesting results.

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It’s this experimentation that really leads to what I’m able to do when I’m on the go. If you ask me, there is no right way to take a photo, just different ways.

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A lot of the time that can mean being in the right place at the right time…

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…while other times it means getting a little creative to get the right shot!

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Of course not everything you see is always fancy trickery. Sometimes taking a simple approach is best, instead of bombarding yourself with an endless supply of photo equipment and ideas.

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After all, all you really need to get started with photography is a camera, even if it is just the one on your cell phone. In the end a camera is better than no camera.

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Most importantly, have fun with what you do. Enjoy it, embrace it, and in the end you will love it!

-brandon.

Click HERE to view the full photo set on Flickr.

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