I’ve been doing a “course” with WordPress – Photo 101 – to try and remind me of some of the photography basics which I forget when not actively thinking about them and also for inspiration to keep me going.
They are encouraging you to blog every day with your images but with the 4 and a half month old, it’s just not possible. I am however back out with my proper camera (not the iPhone) and taking images every day which is nice. The sunny weather also helps hugely!
Day 1 last week was the theme of Home. There are so many things you could think of for this, a photograph of the house, one of the rooms, the dog, the view from near Aviemore in Scotland which always makes me feel at home. In the end, I chose the fire as cosying up with the fire on is a great way of feeling at home.
Day 2 was all about Street and Establishing Shots. This is something I’m not so happy with. I don’t feel comfortable with wide angle shots, I just don’t get the composition right. That said, the high street provided a suitable canvas for the first image and then I had a play with the view through the Westgate to see if that improved things any. This is an area that still needs work me thinks.
Day 3, Water and Orientation. I’m quite happy with landscape or portrait and I knew exactly what shot I wanted for the Water theme but I couldn’t get to the right part of town to shoot the water coming out from the City Mill so was stuck with the following. At least it’s the same river.
Thursday (Day 4) and it was all about Bliss. Right now, with the wee one, bliss is a cup of tea, some chocolate and half an hour to myself. Today, it’s writing this, last week it was the promise of sitting with a work in progress and some mindless knitting after taking the photograph. Unfortunately I didn’t clear the background properly and by the time I realised, the wee one had woken up and the cup of tea was going cold. By the time we were sorted, the light was going so I’ll settle for this.
The last day of week one of the course was all about Solitude. Again this is an interesting one, someone standing alone on a busy street, a solitary person out walking their dog, all sorts of things. For me however, it was the peace and quiet of standing outside on my own looking at the moon as the sky darkened.
The challenge for the weekend was to Experiment with Composition, practice the techniques and try uploading a gallery (multiple images together rather like day 2). I went slightly off book and went macro instead with pretty flowers.
I wonder what this week will bring?