Photography. Visual beauty. When looking through that lens, life seem so full of wonderful things. Even on a dark and scary stormy day. Even when my child cries of pain when scraping her knee. Those tears captured in a photo says more than a thousand words.
My life is a row of stills that never ends... I see them everywhere, in every corner, every location, every situation, in every thing and living creature. Like poetry. Making life more beautiful than it sometimes is. Without staging, just by creeping up and catching the moment. We frame it. The split of a second and there we have it. Captured. To be kept. To look back at and remember.
I am so excited. I've finally signed up for a real photography course. I have wanted to do this for so long. I want to know the technical aspects of photography and leave the Auto mode and dare using the Manual functions on my lovely Canon 100D DSLR. I want to be able to transform what I see and feel into "that" fantastic picture.
So last week was first class at Michelle Petersen Photography. Michelle is a portrait photographer and she takes amazing pictures. She is easy going, warm and friendly and the class flew by in a whim. This first week's homework was to see everyday life in a different way. To observe the happy moments, the beauty in all the small things around us. See the opportunities in simple things like a flower, a shoe, a cup of coffee... Piece of cake! Like us bloggers do, right? We are good at seeing the beauty in a cuppa. I wonder how many pictures of a cuppa that are out there in Cyberworld...
I brought my camera on my walk and the hill with the trees were stunning beautiful on this sunny day. The top photo was the first one I took. The result didn't capture anything of how I felt when I saw this field and gentle hill with the trees though... It came out kind of flat and boring... I started to experiment, moving closer with the lens, changing the composition, playing with the "Horizontal Line" and using "The Rule Of Thirds"... Suddenly I could feel my picture. Totally different from the first photo. Moving horizontal line up to make me want to run up that hill. Move the horizontal line down to feel free to give the feel of freedom with the spacious sky. Like magic...
I can't wait to get into next class tonight and learn more. Every now and then I will show you my progress. And maybe I will actually understand all these things of aperture, shutter time, ISO and so on... My journey has begun. This is gonna be a good one.