February 27, 2012
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About the Author: Patrick Stern is a social media strategist and photo hobbyist residing in San Francisco. His personal blog can be found at patrickstern.me and can be contacted at @patrickstern.

Water seems to always attract all forms of life, wild or not. I recently read in an article from NOAA that over half of the US population lives within 50 miles of the ocean. That’s understandable, especially in California. But lakes offer a different feel to them as they aren’t as expansive, but rather a unique personality. Every time I visit Clear Lake I find subtle traits that make the place unique and gorgeous.

 

Create. Most of my posts recently I have been shooting with my Canon T2i, but I finally have gotten to developing and scanning some of the film that I have been shooting as well. These were shot with a Canon D30 with BW400CN 35mm using a friend’s Sigma 300mm. For those of you that have dabbled in a little film, this film is really basic, cheap, and is well rounded for most lighting environments. The ISO is low making most shots crisp, but isn’t always the best for really low light shoots. This day was extremely overcast, so there wasn’t as much light as I would have liked, but it gave the images a little more emotion.

 

Grow. I have to admit, I haven’t shot much wild life before, especially on film. There are a lot of factors that overlap though from other shoots that have helped me bring this series together. I started off exploring with the depth of field (which is great with a lens like the 300mm) and looked for various planes that I could include in each of my shots. In doing so, I realized that I was intrigued by the use of obstructions… Which in some shots I used a little aggressively, but definitely help shape the subject that I am trying to capture (or subjects). I found that, after reviewing these shots, obstructions can be useful, but also over whelming sometimes. I am definitely keen on taking another stab at this because there is a lot to explore and find with this technique.