Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This photo 365 project came to be, in large part, because of my friendship with Erin, who influenced my decision to purchase a Canon Rebel. We have formed a photo walking group and both hobbyists and professional photographers have joined us. One such photographer is Kate, a friend of Erin's. Kate is a fantastic photographer and was so kind to let me practice taking portraits of her at our recent photo walk at Mill City Ruins. Being shy, taking photos of people is one of my greatest challenges. Also, I realized yesterday that I haven't really had the opportunity to take photos in the bright sunlight because since getting my camera in November, the skies have mostly been overcast. Kate gave me a quick tutorial in choosing an outdoor location where the light is coming in from three directions but is not causing your subject to squint and the sun is not casting shadows over their face. I am probably not summarizing this adequately but that is what I remember. What Kate gave me the most is the confidence that most photographers, no matter their skill level, are willing to share their knowledge and experience and likely get a bit out of the teaching moment themselves. So, I will continue asking questions, and more importantly practicing. So, who wants to model for me?
You can see the photos I took at the Mill City Ruins, as well as photos from our other photo walk, here.
I was chosen to be one of the photographers for my neighborhood's photo project, Armatage365. Today was my first day! I will be responsible for Wednesdays and my photos will be posted on Thursdays at www.armatage365.org.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Knowing that I am trying to improve my photography, Amy and her sister, Kari invited me to take photos of Kari's daughters, Sophia (right) and Julia (left). It was a fun afternoon and the girls are too cute. I learned that my favorite style of photography for people is candid shots. I have thought this for awhile but attempting to take a "portrait style" shot, I've accepted it's just not for me. I probably don't have the skill-set, personality or patience to make it work. Although this photo isn't exactly candid since Julie certainly didn't get in the ottoman herself (getting inside is Sophia's idea!), I like that they aren't looking directly at the camera and their facial expressions seem genuine and not forced.
I chose this photo as the photo of the day because of my love of the sister relationship. I have a younger sister whom I love dearly and miss a great deal since she lives in DC. Anytime I see sisters together I am compelled to take a photo. This "photo shoot" was a double sister whammy since Amy and Kari are sisters!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I followed a large bouquet of balloons for 2 blocks down Nicollet Avenue to find Ashley and her boyfriend hanging out. I asked permission to take a photo of their balloons and it seemed they wanted to be in the photo so I ended up taking a few portraits for them. Hopefully they had a great Valentine's Day together! Seeing them have so much fun definitely made my day brighter!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family