Thursday, September 11, 2008

if i can't do it right the first time

i stomp my feet and want to give up. it's not something i'm proud of, but it's something i am learning about myself. kelly says it's the artist in me and i need to be more like a scientist. imagine if he had given up on the binding project that's taken two years of not doing it right the first time.

i am so lucky to be married to this man.



so i mentioned i was taking a photography class. it's a four week class through the local community college. last night i did my first assignment and it was really frustrating for me. no matter what i did, the pictures seemed to look the same on my camera screen. mostly, when i changed the EV they looked different, but when i changed the aperture settings they really seem to change. i complained and complained. they sun was behind a big old cloud, i couldn't get the mountains to show up, it started to rain, i was over my half hour time limit, wah, wah, wah! because annie had homework last night, i couldn't get to the computer until today and i continued to complain.

i loaded my photos onto the computer. i started examining them. i started seeing that in fact, there was a difference in the different aperture settings, once on the big screen. i started seeing some very cool images. i didn't have to do too much photo editing... i stopped complaining. so i dedicate these images to kelly, and heather, who also helped talk me down a bit...

this is my 'something near' assignment, composition not great because i didn't know how to autofocus on anything but the center of the frame. i have since learned how to do otherwise:


and for my 'something far' assignment, this was the ONLY photo in the class that the instructor didn't crop in some fashion while doing his critiques. toot toot.

14 comments:

Emilie Ahern said...

Ummm...SUPER GORGEOUS photos!
Woot!
You rock!
I am uber-jealous here since I really want to take a photo class.

You're so cool.

Janet said...

So. I googled myself. and i found me. but me turned out to be you.


Hello Emily Pitts

I am another one of us.

-Emily J. Pitts

AK2CO Girl said...

lol...I think you could be friends with this other Emily Pitts, she seems funny.

Great job with the photos, aperature was one of my favorite things to learn.

Natasja said...

wow Emily, amazing pictures!! I really could use a photo class ;)

Mary Kay said...

Wow! That second one is calendar-worthy.

That's not an insult, is it???

Suzy said...

I think it's a compliment and I would totally buy that calendar. :)

Vivian said...

Fantastic photos! Add me to the fan club for the second one.

Susan Beth said...

Love the second photo, especially. Tell me, how do you get it to auto focus not on the center of the image? I've always set the focus with the image in the center, kept the button half down, and moved the camera to make the composition I wanted. Is there another way? (Just trying to get the most for the money you put into the class!)

Heather said...

:-) I'm proud of you, my young paduan.

Lauren said...

love the pictures! and glad I found your blog! how i can see all your fun posts and get scrapbooking ideas!

SandieShores said...

Awesome photos!! Aperature defeats me :( I NEED a photography class, LOL.

Tara Whalen said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Helsbells said...

I LOVE the landscape photo - amazing lighting and composition :D

Lori Craig said...

great photos - I want to take a photography class when I grow up! Hope you continue to post tips and tricks.. :)