Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Photograph Ideas!!

I have been struggling to find things that I really want to photograph creatively.... things besides my pets, my family, Josh, and random objects around my room that I have been practicing on. But nothing had really peaked my interest.

Until yesterday.

Josh and I went to his Dad's house, where they have 5 acres, and horses. Beautiful horses. And the cutest barn/stable/arena. Walking through it yesterday, I instantly came up with all sorts of ideas for things I want to try to photograph, such as the horses, the barn, etc.

Josh's sister is naturally gorgeous and stunning - she just has a natural beauty to her. She rides horses, as does his cousin A., who is the same age. Both girls are going to be entering their freshman year of high school in the fall. I want to attempt to get some photos of them riding, both casually on trails, as well as in their respective events. I think these will be great memories to capture.

I am excited to start trying new things, and will (hopefully) be getting a new lens in the next week or so...!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Photography.... Here I Come!

I figured after graduating college, I deserved to treat myself to a little present. And that is exactly what I did yesterday.

I went out and bought myself a Nikon D40 camera, with a 18-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens. And I am in love.

I have no clue what I am doing for the most part, but I am enjoying learning. I took a bunch of pictures yesterday, of just completely random stuff. I changed settings, edited some of the pictures, and basically just played.

I find it so amazing how much you can change a picture by just adjusting a few settings. It's incredible!

So my next task is to start learning more.... I'm going to find some books, maybe a class, and definitely lots of people to help me.

Here are some of my "playing around" pictures from yesterday:

I began experimenting with aperture, not knowing exactly what I was doing. Or rather, not having a clue as to what I was doing. I took the first photo of these two in color (obviously), and then using the editing functions on the camera itself, changed it to black and white. Kind of fun!
Same thing with these two photos.

All of these were taken at the Rose Garden at Priest Point Park.

Josh's mom's birthday is in June, and her one wish is to have pictures taken at Tumwater Fall's Park of Josh and his sister, Amy, together. My goal is to be able to take those for her! But first, I need more practice.

I love photography!