Wind is usually a huge PITA for photography. Calm days are more conducive to the complex light control that I typically do. But when nature throws a curve, I have to adjust my swing to still hit it out of the park. Did that. I shot a LOT since bad hair WILL happen... but so will good hair.
A few months ago I was at a wedding and as all photographers do, I watched the hired photographers work. As only a seasoned professional photographer could see, I could see they were doing a horrible job, but it's not my place to help or even "save" the bride and groom by shooting "provisional pictures" just in case. No, I was there as a guest so I sat on my hands and bit my tongue. I planned on purchasing some photos, but it was clear that the hired shooters weren't going to be able to deliver anything I'd like, so I snapped this of the flower girl. Besides this candid, I also created a posed portrait of her in beautiful light (something the hired shooters knew nothing about). I didn't want to interfere, so I did this when the photographers weren't yet at the reception hall. I haven't photographed weddings since 1997, so I tried to be open-minded about what I saw, but it was hard to watch this train wreck happen. The really sad part is that the bride and groom paid plenty for the photographer. They just didn't get what they paid for.
I found a tree with some oak leaves still aboard, so I photographed our model in Iowa Johanna during one of my speaking gigs. While the original is pretty, I thought it would also be great painted. And it is. And she is.
This winter I'll be pulling images from this past year and adding a final touch of painting. I've offered this option since the 1990s, but hadn't interested enough people in having me do many. I think I'll just need to do it first in hopes that they will see, enjoy, and then purchase that beautiful rendering.
This is an example of what I'll be doing in the long, cold, winter months.