The more I practice with my camera and try to improve as a photographer, the more fun I’m having with the whole process! It’s challenging (aperture vs shutter speed vs ISO vs white balance vs about a million other options on my camera that I’m only beginning to understand.) But it’s so interesting! It’s not just lighting the image appropriately, or framing it properly (neither of which are small considerations.) It’s about trying to get to an end result that feels the way I want it to feel. That’s my personal goal, anyway.
So I practice with what’s around me out of necessity – and this is fine. I mean, there’s no reason to go and seek out all kinds of really interesting things to shoot when I can’t get the image lit properly and everything gets all distorted. (I’ve put the camera to full manual mode now..and it’s tricky!) I might as well be taking pictures of my kids or my dog – of which I have a million already! (It’s rarely a great loss if I mess up one of those shots. There are so many chances to take more!)
But still….the more I get into this, the more curious I am to try my hand at different styles of photography. I want to get out and experiment. I’d like to try portraiture, for one thing (of other people besides my kids…or myself!) And I’d really, really like to try event photography. I run into articles occasionally (or often, actually!) that really get my imagination going – like this one on concert photography from 500px.
I’m well aware that nobody is going to let novice-me get as close to the likes of Paul Simon or Green Day or any of the other performers showcased in that article as I would need to, to get photos the likes of those – even if I was adept enough a photographer to actually be capable artistically of getting them. But…wow! I can’t help dreaming. The energy of an event like a rock concert….the sheer spectacle (lights, stage, crowd) would be so, so interesting to try to capture.
Well, in the meantime I work with what I have!
Yesterday I tried, as an experiment, to log my day, photographically. There were a few issues: I forgot about the whole thing at some pivotal moments, for one thing – like, I like to cook; that should have been captured in some fashion, but wasn’t. And my battery (I only have the one right now) would need to get charged occasionally, so I missed a few things that way. And then there’s the fact that, as I’m doing everything completely manually right now, I mess up frequently with light and exposure – and so lose shots that way.
But still! It was fun anyway. I’d like to try it again – and do it better.
At any rate, this is what I managed to put together from what I took yesterday:
After that it was time to make dinner…get the kids bathed and to bed…and then get myself to bed.
Typical day. Not the most interesting, I know!
Though that blue heron was pretty cool…