Autumn at the Arboretum

Imagine perfect autumnal weather—cool and crisp, with just enough sunshine to bring out the orange of a thousand pumpkins either tucked among bales of hay or affixed to delightfully imaginative playhouses. That was the scene the day my sweet friends invited me to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens this last week, prompting me to gleefully dive into my closet to find my box of flannel shirts, transforming myself once more into the awkward lumberjack I become anytime I wear plaid.

After a week of relentless, chilled rain and the resulting case of severe cabin fever, this was the kind of morning I’d been dreaming of.

I took my camera just for fun, and savored a little creative outlet. As an editorial photo editor and photographer, I never alter the grading of images beyond what the scene looked look like in reality. I’m learning, however, that for creative images, it’s ok to make the photos look more like the way I felt that day—which, in this case, was cozy and light.

So, if you’re in Dallas before November 21 and like pumpkins, definitely check it out:

Blue Angels in Black and White

While the Blue Angels action captured with my 400 are my favorite shots, I try not to become too enthralled with one lens. I've found the 70-200 to be quite capable—and much easier to hand-hold. On this particular day, the overcast sky left me a bit bored with the resulting contrast and vibrancy, so for this post, I decided to make them the Grey Angels.

As it turns out, no matter what color they are, these guys look incredible.

A Blog about a Blog

While working the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the wonderful folks over at Nikon asked me to pen a blog about my experience there. So yes—this is a blog post about a blog post.

Nevertheless, I'm posting anyway because I have had a few people ask about what my days are like as an Olympics photo editor for USA TODAY Sports Images, and this was the first time I wrote it out formally. So, if you're one of those people, head over to the post via the button below.

Shanna Lockwood Nikon Blog Screenshot

My First BTS

I'm pretty proud of the tagline I created, "creation to publication." Boom.