I take pictures and I love to do it.
Call it a hobby, call it a passion…but since I began writing this blog over a year ago, I've kicked my photography into high gear and have been learning and practicing faithfully every day.
The most significant push to improve my photography began when I purchased my Nikon D70. Upon the recommendation of a friend, the first lens I purchased for it was a Portrait Lens, equipped for up close, well…portraits! I've really enjoyed this lens….however…
For Christmas, Stuart bought my a wide angle 18-55mm lens. And it's the best thing ever.
I can zoom in close…or I can pan back to photograph an entire room! ‘El I be!
My only problem is this (okay, not my only problem, but let's not go there now) – I'm still learning how to adjust my dear lens. And as with all things in my life, I'm a jack of many trades and master of none. Sure, I can take photos, but I'm not great at it. And thus, I would like to share with you some of my most favorite horrible photos that were taken the first 48 hours I used this new lens.
What can I say? I'm still learning. And if someone can tell me how to photograph in a basement…at night…without a flash…I'd love to know.
My shutter speed was set very slow here (Why? I don't know…), so every movement of my hand transposed to the picture. Have you ever tried to take a picture with a super slow shutter speed? It's nearly impossible to have it not be blurry – our bodies, after all, need to breath – it's sort of important. Oh, and they were covering their faces because one of the dogs passed gas. So, ya.
Stuart took this one as I played with his Kindle, wrapped in my favorite feux fur blanket. Again, we have a shutter speed problem – I think anyway. But judging by these picture, what the heck do I know!
Because I don't use a flash, unless I open the aperture super wide and bump up the ISO in low light situations, this is what I end up with. Dark, dark, dark. Lucky for Jeremy you can hardly make out his bed head.
Bah ha. This is my favorite of the whole bunch. It looks like her hand has been replaced with a lobster claw. Again, the quick movements of a baby require a super faster shutter speed to capture the moment without creating a blur. Set it too slow, and this is what you'll end up with.
Ah, sweet, sweet lessons learned.
It's a painful process, but at least having an audience of readers pushes me to keep taking better photographs. Thank you, dear reader. Without your even knowing it, I've been persuaded and encouraged simply by your reading each day.
Because we sure wouldn't want to be stuck with photos like these forever, now would we? And while I'm quite confident I'll never actually master photography, I'm just thankful I am at least in the process of continually learning.
Now…if I could only get my models to behave…