Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vote for One Photo of the Week.... and check out IDEAS!!

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What do you have.....
You can have the fancy camera, all kinds of drive and enthusiasm, but ultimately it comes down to
IDEAS!! You have to have ideas.  I say shoot what you LOVE.  Stop and think about it for a little
bit. What are you drawn to? What do you find your self shooting the most of? If you were asked to shoot one thing, did you end up shooting something else too?

I shocked myself the other day. I realized I have 30,000 pictures on one external hard drive and 50, 000 on another! That's just in 2 1/2 years.  It doesn't count the years and boxes of prints I have. I don't want to go there.  When looking through my photos my number one subject is.... you guest it .... no not JUST Phoebe, but my family. Phoebe just seems prominent now since she is the only one home and an easy target :)  Next would be a toss up between my pets and flowers. I love both. I am playing with more ways to capture my animals rather than the typical looking in your face shot. And flowers, well, I can't help myself. I love color, their delicacies, and how they can play with light.  Maybe I'm ahead of myself though. How can I forget SPORTS!! I love sports! If I go to a sports game and there is a pretty garden or some wildflowers on the way in, I stop and shoot. Or there might be some blooming trees at a softball game and I'll include them in a shot. There are ways to incorporate and ways to catalog. If you are going after one subject but come across another you love, don't let it stop you from snapping a picture. Remember your composing rules as you go along.

I listened to Art Wolfe give a 'Creative Eye' webinar on Tuesday.  He made the statement that he has taken pictures for over 30 years now and with the invention of the digital camera he is walking away with mostly 'keepers' when he takes photos. I can tell you of my 80,000 pictures probably 10% of mine are truly keepers, the rest are the tries getting there. I should toss them but part of me is sentimental, part of me isn't sure which to toss other than the definite blurry out of focus and ones I don't like. Today I did a pre-wedding shoot with little kids. For the first time the majority of my pictures came out to my liking. It all takes time, practice and desire.

Think about what you like to take pictures of.  If you have a passion for it, make it happen!
A Few of My Favorite Things....

Keep the passion and keep snappin' 
Mrs. Blakeley

Class Time
Thanks to our lighting volunteer.

Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.  ~Author Unknown

Here the flash is directly in front and creates a very flat look.
Facial features are lost.

Put the flash below your person to get a 'Halloween' effect.
When the flash is to the side you get a bit of drama.

Please remember to bring your cameras. After all, this is a photography class!
Get your pictures in by Wednesday at 7pm.
Happy Snappy!


  1. two votes for number 3.

  2. I like number #5, especially the reflections

  3. Awh number 5 its really cute!

  4. I vote for # 3 because the photographer used elements to create something interesting. Number 5 is good because the photographer used an eye for an opportunity. Number 15 is good because they had an eye for something interesting (stark trees with mts.), it just needed to be focused.

  5. I like (and vote for) number 13 - not just 'cuz it's my fave # (which it IS), but nice composition; plus, is it your pup? What kind? Totally darling; not quite ready for new after we lost our border collie, but getting there... Also, I have never missed being able to drive, but me and my bikes have always been the best of friends!! Also, I like to walk. ALOT.