Congratulations to all of you who participated in the monthly challenge!
I will begin posting photos over a several day period and I encourage everyone in the club or who are receiving this blog to make comments. Tell us what you like about the photo and constructive criticism can also be a learning tool. Please remember, that this is a new venture for many and your support will be greatly appreciated!
Our goal is to advance our photographic knowledge. In a year’s time, we will review where we started and where we are 12 months later. We will put together a book filled with images and stories about our journey together. This is all about supporting each other in our quest for knowledge and in the ongoing challenge to shoot that “perfect” image. And there is no one right answer. Photography is personal… it is your vision.
My wish for you is that your photography may become more than just a photograph. I want it to be a part of your life… a place you can go to find joy at each stage in your life. I want it to capture memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
And for the first challenge… Shoot Something You Love …So for our first image of the challenge, I would like to present Lorraine’s image and let me have Lorraine tell you in her own words about why this image means so much to her.
“Mike and I went out on a drive hoping something would catch my eye for this assignment. I saw an historic marker sign on the road and pulled off to find this lone pair of roses growing on a cemetery fence. Mike allowed me to use his camera…with supervision! Ha!
It was very hot so Mike stayed in the van most of the time but was available when I had questions. He didn’t take his eyes off his camera!!!! I faced quite a challenge… It was hot, bright, and windy. I had never used a DSLR and didn’t know how to hold it properly. I didn’t even know how to adjust the zoom and kept going back to the van to show Mike the pictures and he kept saying “That’s a picture of a cemetery, not a flower”. This went on for a while until I realized I had to turn the lens to zoom the camera!!! It was sure a relief when after many trips, I finally was told…”Now that is a picture of a flower!”.
I ended up having to go back the next day as I was not happy with the images because of the glare off of the leaves because of the bright sun. Mike showed me how I could use a polarizing filter for shooting in bright sunlight. The second day went a lot better than the first…..although I still had many challenges. I used a tripod. That was the day that the strong winds came through later and killed 2 people when the crane blew over at UTD. I also had a tough time framing. The wind was blowing the roses, there was a half dead branch on the left that I couldn’t keep completely out of the frame. Then there was a tree branch hanging down in the background that I had to tie back with something Mike had in the van. It was a struggle to get the tombstones positioned in a way that looked right relative to the roses. So I can honestly say that it was truly a challenge for me.
The challenge of taking a photo of something you love was met for me. I love flowers, and historic sites, including historic cemeteries.”