Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm Learning Something New

I've been taking a photography class on the weekends and it has been pretty interesting. I'm so scared to take my camera places because I don't want it to break but yesterday I braved up and we went to wheeler farm so I could get in some practice on what I've been learning.

These first two pictures aren't posted because they're good but check out the ducks hair-do it's pretty great. Have you seen a baby goat before his horns come in? It looks pretty painful to me.

So the chicken picture looks pretty simple, and to the pros out there that know how to use a camera it is. I was practicing manual focusing. The camera usually will choose what is in front which is the fence so I had to figure out how to get the chicken in focus.
We talked a lot about what makes a picture interesting and one of the things was lines. This is a line of cow bums. Interesting right?
This was my attempt at "filling the frame". I have a hard time determining what picture would look good with a little back ground and what just looks good up close. I think it definitely was the right choice on this picture. And for the record, right after I snapped the shot I told May logs are yucky and don't belong in our mouth.
Doesn't she look so grown up in this picture? Sigh, my baby girl is definitely a little girl now. Anyway we talked about thirds and how a picture is more pleasing to most people if the subject isn't exactly centered. I tried doing this on some pictures of the geese in the water but I don't think they turned out very good. Maybe I just like this one because May is in it.
I'm not really sure what technique I was trying to do here but it is just a darn cute picture.
So there you go. I think a large portion of these classes is fluff and a little bit of a waste of time but in general I noticed when I really tried to apply the things they told us my pictures turned out lots better than if I just snapped them. One day I will be on of those people that can just see a good shot in an instant and not have to think about it, but until then, cheers to a few good pictures of many not so good ones.


  1. excellent! You have natural talent. I should take some serious classes to make me good!

  2. That's awesome Danny! I would really like to take a photography class. i love taking pictures but haven't taken many lately. now i want to!