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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Cute Little Pumpkin and Light

I guess you could say I had an epiphany or at least and “ah ha” moment. I struggling for two days working on my lesson for Digital Photography Basics with Kat Eye View Of The World.
It should have been an easy assignment. We’re learning about light and part of our assignment was to pick an object and photograph it in different kinds of light. How hard can that be?? Leave it to me to make it hard!! First, I tried my grandmother’s vase, then my African Violet pot, and then a shell. I know it sounds ridiculous but, I could not make them work!  I didn’t like any of the pictures. And, we were to pick two or three of our favorites and post them!! I couldn't post pictures I didn't even like!!  I lay awake trying to figure out why I was not enjoying this assignment. Then, it hit me…it wasn’t the light I was having trouble with, it was the “object!” I’m no good at photographing inanimate objects. I can’t seem to compose a pleasing shot. What I love to photograph is nature. I looked back through the pictures I had taken and realized the favorite picture I had taken in these two days was one I took for my 365 project of a little pumpkin and my mums. My ‘ah ha’ moment…take photos of the pumpkin and mums and forget the “object’!! Oh! It was much better after that. I finished the assignment with enjoyment.
Lesson to me: read all class material carefully!! Kat says very clearly, “Make it an object you like and are interest in.” Someday, I’ll work on expanding my photography to include still life or vignettes, but not right now. I’ll stick to what I love….nature!!

8 comments:

  1. Cathy,
    Isn't it amazing how we often make things hard for ourselves? I love your little pumpkin in the different lighting - its goes from a bright orange to a deep rust. Glad you had your "ah-ha" moment and you pumpkin was able to shine.

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  2. Oh, I love that beautiful diffused light in the first one! Isn't it funny how our brains work sometimes. You did a great job overcoming your frustration to continue through and find the light. It shows how important it is for us to connect with our subject in photography! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  3. lovely photo's, nature is so inspiring! can't wait to see your sunset pics :)

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  4. THanks for stopping by Cathy, I love finiding blogs I connect with! My mom is actually visiting right now and we were chatting about yours :) It is so fun the way blogging brings people together. Look forward to reading more about your adventures!

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  5. Love your images, especially the first one. Glad you found your subject in the end!:)

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  6. It looks like you photographed two different pumpkins. What a contrast!! The top photo reminds me of a cold, rainy day and the last photo reminds me of a warm day at the pumpkin patch!

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  7. I had the same problem with the first assignment- I probably tried 3 or 4 different objects but none of the pictures were jumping out at me.

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