Sunday, February 20, 2011
I've been taking a break from my norm lately and trying desperately to get to know this new camera that I have been longing to have and now own, for some time now. Getting a new camera is like a new boyfriend I've decided. You miss the old one because it was familiar to you yet you know you need something that suits your needs a little more (hence the new boyfriend....or camera in my case). You have to be patient, you have to get to know everything about this new thing in your life, and it takes time and practice, and I am not a patient person. It puts pressure on one's self, pressure I don't really need right now but pressure that is needed in order to get to know this new appendage of mine. So I set out the other weekend with my new camera with a pretty complex plan in mind about trying new settings and doing complex things in and around my neighborhood. I had romantic notions of shooting children playing in the park , or old trucks with bright blue paint tainted with the perfect complimentary tone of rust on them and using new settings to capture the vivid textures. A friend of mine suggested just going out and having fun and paying attention only to a different subject matter (as we all know I love to shoot nature photos) with no thought to technique. Just have fun she said. I tried, I really did but I was surprised at how self conscious I felt walking around my neighborhood with my camera. Like people thought I was a stalker or something. I wore a big coat that I stashed my camera in every time I heard a car coming. I took photos rather quickly and not to my liking. I came home discouraged and mad at myself for caring what others thought about my project. I haven't been out since; mostly because if my schedule but partially out of fear that I won't get over this uncomfortable feeling. Then I looked at my photos (some of which are posted here) and I thought, you know, for being in such a hurry and feeling weird about what I was doing, these aren't that bad. They aren't fantastic, but I'm learning. I love the feel of the camera in my hands. I like that when I am shooting I don't pay attention to anything else but what my eye sees and my hands are doing. I would hate to let some obnoxious comments from passer-bys ruin that for me. Why do we care so much what people think? I wish I didn't as much as I do. In any case here are my beginning attempts at shooting in a human environment. I see room for much improvement, but I also see a valid attempt. I'm taking some classes at the local college on digital photography and photoshop. I'm loving every minute of it. My teacher is fantastic and he gives me hope. He liked my wildlife photos that I brought. He said I have a good eye. That alone had me elated. He said he can help me with technique and I am willing to learn. I can't wait. I intend on posting my progress as I go, and I am so thankful that my friend Rachel suggested this creative challenge throughout the year to push ourselves to do wonderful things, but also to simply learn how to incorporate the things we love to do into our hectic work schedules. Because of this I'm learning the balance even if the scale is not always as even as I would like it to be. It's something.
So as part of this creative journey, I've also been dabbling in jewelry making with some local friends. I'm not fabulous at it but here are a couple of pieces that I've made recently that I'm proud of. I'm a minimalist when it comes to wearing jewelry so the chunkier necklace is a bit bold for me. That being said when I put it on I was surprised at how much I liked it and how it really wasn't overpowering like I thought it would be. I'll have more to post on the knitting front soon and other things I'm working on, but wanted to take the time to do something out of the ordinary and share it.
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!