One Step Closer

My photography instructor says knowing how to play with depth of field is a step out of amateur into professional territory. Here’s this week’s practice up in the mountains. I have a long way to go but I’m loving the journey!

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There’s something about the life growing just off the concrete path that called me.
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I couldn’t resist capturing my favorite color.
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A little star.

 

24 Replies to “One Step Closer”

    1. Thanks Jenny 🙂 I’m still learning but I can see the improvement already after 4 classes. Last week was my favorite class and practice so far. I’m hopeful each week I’ll get better 🙂

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      1. Yeah especially shooting in manual. That’s something I’ve never done. I’m enjoying learning something new and the challenge that comes along with it. Thanks Jenny! You’re always so encouraging ❤

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      2. Sounds like a great class. A few years ago I took a photography class at my local adult education school. It was ok, but I didn’t continue with it. I love, love taking pics, but now I use my phone or my point and shoot. That’s something I actually would love to get back to… you’re inspiring me 🙂

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      3. Oooh you should do it Jenny! I’m loving it! I was scared I’d played it up on my mind so much that the reality couldn’t live up to the fantasy. I’m so glad my husband pushed me to do it. As much as I love capturing moments on my phone and as easy as point and shoots are, there’s something so incredible about taking a great photo knowing you manually adjusted all of the settings and minimally edited if at all… ❤

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      4. I know, there’s something special about knowing how to take a beautiful shot, with lighting, focus, etc. It kind of intimidates me, but I know what to do in that situation… learn it. Then it won’t be so intimidating! Plus, you can blow up prints much larger than you can with a phone pic because of the great quality 🙂

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      5. I know what you mean. The practice session we did at a motocross track was a lot for me. It was a sunny day with the clouds coming and going regularly so I had to control the light in addition to the movement. In some parts the movements were fast and others slow. There were so many variables it was really hard for me to keep up. Some of the best photos of the day were from a fellow classmate that stayed in the same spot the entire 2 hours and only had to adjust for lighting…I learned from observing him and his results were amazing! I’m more comfortable with the landscape practice we did this week and playing with the lighting, depth of field, and looking for interesting angles. It’s all practice and as long as you have fun it’s well worth it. I agree, we don’t have many pictures or artwork up at home so my husband wants to blow up photos I take and have them printed on canvas to decorate the house ❤ What better to hang up than photos I take? 🙂

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      6. They’ll be beautiful in your home and so special because you took them. How sweet of your husband to want to do that. That motocross shoot sounds intense! But great for learning how to take the best pics in that situation. So much to learn! It’s great you’re having fun with it 🙂

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    1. I’m still practicing to get decent but I’m having a lot of fun! I have seen the improvement so I’m happy about that. There are some great groups on Facebook where photographers share their photos. If you aren’t part of any you might want to check them out. I’m in a Nikon group and I’m stunned by the beautiful photos! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

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      1. Yeah it’s really fun because the photographers share the parameters they used on the photos and are really open to help newbies learn so I just enjoy their photos and pick up on things they share 🙂

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    1. Thank you. There’s so much to learn! I’m loving it! Still a lot of practice but I’m glad I enjoy it as much as I do. I’ve always loved the idea but wasn’t sure if the reality would live up to the fantasy. I loved playing piano as a kid but preferred to play by ear than read music so I’m glad that’s not the case with photography for me 🙂

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      1. I really enjoyed it but being dyslexic reading the notes was just really difficult for me and all of the technical stuff took the fun out of it. I love to listen to it though 🙂

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      2. I felt like reading the notes was quite difficult in general, especially all the really high and really low notes. I would literally sit there and try to figure out the notes like I was reciting my ABC’s (or CDE’s, rather). Haha, I agree, listening to other people play was much more enjoyable.

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      3. Oh my gosh, I remember going through my sheet music and writing the names of the notes down. My instructor would erase them so then I’d write them down, memorize them, and then play the following week but I was never able to play a song I was handed the music for in the moment…So if I can listen and play or just play from my heart that makes me happy otherwise, I’ll just listen 🙂

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      4. Haha, I got to the point where my instructor already knew I needed to write down the notes, so she would give me 5-10 minutes each time to write down every note I needed before even attempting to play. Then when I had to play a piece in front of her, I would always mess up something, and she would have me keep repeating the piece until I got everything right. I don’t miss those piano lesson days, but I really do admire naturally talented pianists. It’s like magic when I watch others play. 😉

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