Friends, Birthday Parties, and Weekend Trips

Nikon D90, 50 mm, ISO 800, f/5, shutter speed 1/30 and some post editing in Lightroom.

So you remember that post about low light settings being the bane of my existence that I DIDN’T write.  I have a feeling it is coming.  Here is Friday’s pic that I didn’t have a chance to post. It’s way to grainy for my liking, but that is the cost of your only light being the candles on the cake. I’m learning that when you increase your ISO in low light situations, you tend to lose image quality. With my Nikon D90 I’m not really happy going above an ISO of 800, but will sometimes push it to 1000 to get a shot.  Especially in this situation.

For all the bad qualities of the technical side of this picture,  I love it.  Mostly because it is my son (to the right) and his best friend, at his best friends birthday party.  These two are wild an crazy together, and have known each other since they were wee little lads.  So grainy or not, this picture warms my heart and makes me super happy.  Totally worth the sacrifice of image quality.

In other news my delay in posting is because life is crazy, and after a busy couple days we packed up the fam and headed out for the weekend.  We are hanging out at a garden park that has become a family favorite in the way of destination for getting away and relaxing.  Even better, they host multiple levels of photography workshops.  So I spent yesterday going to a class, while the kids played with Daddy.  I got so much information I feel like my head is about to explode.  Today is a 4 hour hands on photography shoot with the photographer who taught the class.  I’m so excited!!  It’s rainy, here so maybe I will be able to work out my low light problems?!  Time will tell.  My internet connection is spotty at best here, so most of those pictures will have to wait till I get home.  But I can’t wait to share them with you!!

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Backyard Beauty

Nikon D90, 50 mm, ISO 250, f/8, shutter speed 1/125

So I started writing my second post today, and honestly it was dismal.  It was about low lighting and how it was the bane of my existence, and how frustrated I am every time I find myself in that situation.  I got about a paragraph in and said forget it.

Part of what I want this blog to do for me is to force me to pick up my camera every day and push myself to find beauty around me.  Stretching my abilities and learning how to frame it through my lens.  With that thought, I abandoned the computer and headed outside with George (my Nikon D90 – why I call him George is a post for another day :).

As I wandered into my backyard, the yellow flowers on the edge of my woods caught my eye.  I couldn’t help but think these yellow things are the culprit for allergy flare ups.  However, as I moved closer I also couldn’t help but notice all the activity buzzing around the delicate yellow blossoms.  There had to have been at least two or three bees, a wasp and a butterfly flitting around enjoying the nectar.

In that instant time stopped.  I had found my beauty, and depressing low lighting posts evaporated.

I had accomplished what I set out to do.

Nikon D90, 50mm, ISO 250, f/8, shutter speed 1/60

My Journey

Photography has been a passion of mine for years now.  I can’t really tell you where it started, just that I know I have loved pictures my whole life. My earliest memories as a child include me climbing up the very steep staircase to our attic of our tiny, red, cape cod house, where I could sit for hours and pour over the old box of family photos.  I don’t think I could have put it into words then, but somehow I sensed that those pictures connected me to something bigger.  A story that was not mine, and yet a part of me.  It stretched through years, and generations and in that connection there was a sense of belonging.

As I grew I longed to give that same connection to my own children, and so in my earliest married days I snapped away with my little point and shoot cameras, always tucked in the back of my mind was that one day my kids would pour over my story and feel that they too were a part of something bigger.  I hoped that somehow they too would feel they belonged to the pages of history already written, and continue to write their own story…separate, yet connected.

Today my love of pictures, has carried me to the next step.   I want to take that love, and grow it.  I want to be stretched and grow beyond taking pictures,and earn the right to be called a photographer.  I want to capture beauty in the every day.  I want to learn how to freeze these moments that slip through my fingers faster then the sands of an hourglass.  And maybe, just maybe, one day I will be confident enough to help you freeze your hourglass moments.

And so I’m on a journey to learn my craft…study, try, fail, and try again… till I get it right.

In this  process, maybe I can encourage you to take that leap of faith, into whatever “scary” path you feel God calling you too. I would love to encourage you to grab your camera, and find the beauty in that journey and hold it for a moment. Then tell your story to the next generation through those pictures.

Will you join me?

Ready, set….here we go.