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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Project 365

The title of this blog gives me visions of a secret government experiment that you must have top level clearance to be aware of.  Well, this isn't that, exactly.  I'd heard of this project pertaining to writing, blogging, and then photography.  I was reading a photography magazine and someone, in short, decided to take a picture everyday for a year to figure out what type of photography they liked. 

So it got me to thinking.  I know what types of photography I like, but I wanted to embark upon this journey, this project, albeit, tweaked.  Hey, I'm an artist, a creative artist at that, and you will typically find me outside the box of some perfectly outlined project.  Letting my unique flag fly, so to speak.  So I decided that I was going to take a picture each day for a year and either a) blog about it or b) write in my journal.  I had to give myself the journal out for this reason.  Blogging goes out and everyone can read it.  Journal writing is a more intimate and private affair.  Most pictures will make it to the blog unless of some private moment.  All I can say though is, expect the unexpected....

So you may ask what do I expect to gain from embarking upon this project?  The unexpected.  Hopefully I'll take some great pictures but I think as well that I'll gain an awareness for the composition and looking for those fleeting moments that can be captured with a camera.  As far as the journal/blog aspect, I love writing and the photograph gives me the avenue to spur writing. 

So yesterday was day one and the picture from yesterday:

It is ironic that I start such a creative and open ended endeavor with a picture of my favorite writing utensil.  This is an Alvin Draft/Matic .5mm Mechanical Pencil.  It has gotten so much use, from drawing and writing, and has been a favorite tool of mine.  It was one of my first "big" purchases ($20.00) when I got into drawing and has not let me down.  In fact yesterday, as I journalled for day one, I used my trusty tool.  And now my camera becomes another tool to be creative.  For someone who likes the precision and control of realistic graphite drawings my camera has become much the same, albeit with faster results!  I haven't gotten into photo manipulation software yet, a new computer and software is needed for that and, well, I'm learning the in's and out's of the camera right now.

Today, day two I was at work and would you believe a squirrel with a hot dog bun.  I kid you not.  For those who are very close to Ginger and I you know who Sparky is and so here is Sparky eating.....

Where will this lead, who knows but God!  But at the end of 365 days maybe I'll have an answer.....


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Learning the Ropes of Photography

So I'm getting better, it's been less than a month since my last post!  Better than six weeks hunh!?!  It has been a roller coaster of a month I must say, though I am glad to say that we are on the other side of the month so to speak. 

So I have saturated myself into digital photography.  I have been reading, learning, practicing when I can and learning the in's and out's of my camera.  There is alot to learn.  When you delve from automatic modes to semi automatic modes (Aperture and Shutter Speed) there is a wealth of information to learn.  Delve into the deep water of manual, and full control of the camera and you are swimming in the deep waters.  I have taken many pictures and have learned you take a picture, adjust, take a picture, adjust, well you get the picture.  I can't tell you the joy I have in this learning process and I've gotten some pretty good pictures.  But I am still a beginner.  Sure, I now know the difference between f/2.8 and f/22, but learning the triangle of ISO, shutter speed and aperture and how it applies to exposure is a learning process, but one I'm enjoying.  I've also learned about composition and depth of field (the picture above of Ginger's study Bible is an example).  The joy is getting what you were looking for.  It's an amazing feeling. 

Here is a picture of the flowers Ginger got after her surgical procedure.  I see a pattern of macro shots....

Our wonderful apartment, or at least the steps up to it! 

Another composition.

Just a few shots that I've taken.  Again I've resized the images so that they can be put on the blog easier.  I'm amazed at how well these pictures look full size, the testament to technology.  I've been taking lots of pictures of trees too, and will post some of those soon.

Of course I have a wish list.  I'd love to get a flash gun, some ND grad filters, a polarizer and eventually a newer computer to put Photoshop Elements on.  In time.  With what I have now, I have just enough to learn the basics and as I need (not want) to add to my kit I will. 

Ginger is doing well, as lovely as ever and the love of my life.  I love her so.....


P.S.  Tanna, that was a Purdy brush in the last post!  My favorite and the only brush I use in my job!