Monday, June 22, 2009

Oh, Say Can You See? Assignment #3

As Mrs. N would say, "This is by far the most unnecessary tip ever. But is it?The subject of the photo HAS TO BE IN FOCUS and the image ought to be sharp.I mean it goes without saying. It's absolute common sense. Surely EVERYONE ought to know this already!BUTI have seen countless RUINED photos that would be otherwise really great, simply because the snapper wasn't paying attention. Even on my own camera."

Go here to see the rest of Mrs. N's Assignment #3

A couple of weeks ago I went to the eye doc., where I found out that I am slightly near-sighted. So yesterday I went with my family to pick up my glasses. I didn't think I would really wear them a lot, because I thought I could see fine. Well...once I put them on, I knew differently. I could see details more clearly. I could read signs perfectly on the high-way. Deer weren't just a fuzzy, smudge of color in the farmers feild across the road. IT'S WONDERFUL!!!!


My eye sight isn't really that bad, but you get the idea of the way things looked to me (unfocused).

(Note for Mrs. N: Mom took this pic.)

When I put my glasses on and ask Dad what he thought (he wasn't there when I picked them out). He said,"You lNNk like your grandmother!" Of course I have always looked like my grandmother, so it is just one more thing to add to the list.

(Note for Mrs. N: I took this pic by crouching down and steadying my arm on my knee. Nice and crisp and clear -- just the way I am seeing things now -- in FOCUS!!!)

(Note for Mrs. N: I used self-timer on this one.)

Okay, Mrs. N, how did I do?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Assignment #2

Wow! Can't believe it but here I am moving right along to Assignment #2. It's all about "Breaking Rule #1". (Oops, sorry -- guess that's the rebel in me). Maybe I should say it's all about "Using the Background to Give Feeling to Your Pics". I'll give you the short version of the rule taken from Mrs. N's blog, but you should really go to Renaissance - Foto Friday and check out the whole assignment. It could help YOU take better pictures for YOUR blog, too.

"THIS week we have a variation on a theme...still I'd like to talk about backgorunds, but THIS week, I'm going to talk to you about BREAKING the distracting background rule.SOMETIMES, the background is important! Backgrounds lend feelings to a photograph. If you want to feel serene and calm, nothing will get you there faster than to gaze at a photo of winding road fading in the fog hovering over a wheatfield. If you want to feel intensity or hustle-bustle, nothing will get you there faster than a photo taken on the bustling streets of Vegas or NYC. Sometimes serene is what we are looking to portray and sometimes, it BUSTLE.In other instances, the background BECOMES the subject."

So here goes. . .

PHOTO #1 (Uncropped) 6
I'm going for that "Quiet Country-Life Feeling"

PHOTO #2 (Uncropped) 6
When we go to town, things are a little more "hustle, bustle" . . . Hey! Get Out of My Way!!!

Okay, now... Mrs. N, if I were to take these pics. again, what would be a few pointers?

Assignment #1

Okay, Now the photo assignments begin. I have been off to a really rocky start, but now hope to post a little quicker. We'll see. So far Mrs. N*** has given three assignments, and yes, I DO know that I am only on Lesson 1. Thank you VERY much! I said that I'd try to do better.


When you are taking a photograph, you become so intent upon the subject (the main focus of the photograph) that sometimes, people forget to look around at the rest of the frame (the entire part being photographed). You may think that this isn't that big of a deal but it really truly is. It's a general rule to have uncluttered a background as possible. Sometimes you can effectively use a background to create feelings of clutter, if that is what you are going for, but often times-the LESS your eye is drawn to the background, the better.
Above is the short version of the assignment quoted from her blog. Click here to see all the assignments to date.
Here's my shot at the first assignment:

PHOTO #1 6(Uncropped)

PHOTO #2 6(Slightly Cropped)

PHOTO #3 6(Really Cropped)

What d'ya think, Mrs. N**?