Thursday, September 17, 2015

Signs of learning

I've been trying to re-teach myself how to use our point-and-shoot camera.  This is because I have to buy a better camera (in order to Fulfill my Destiny as a photographer for the marching band) but I am a dunce when it comes to knowing what specifications to look for in a new camera.  

My main photographic technique for the past ten years has been to take a cajillion photos and hope one or two will turn out.  This drives the family nuts.

I accepted the photographic assignment on the "Written, Inc" blog as a prod to force myself to get out there and experiment with the camera I have.   The main thing I learned is that I have a lot to learn, and that I shouldn't rely on my cell phone for photo notes.  I accidentally erased half of my notes, so I don't know if photo X was taken with f-stop 3.2 or 8.0.  I mostly just pressed a lot of buttons.

The theme was "Signs".  

Traditional sign in the park.
Walkers tend to ignore this sign and
regularly take over the bike lane, often walking
three abreast for conversation purposes.  

Sign of a tantrum?  or of a toddler in a rush?

This sign amuses me.  I have no idea where the marker
with "0" is, or what the units are.
This sign is 1 1/4 units from somewhere.

The "No fishing" sign.  Shouldn't it say
"Dammit, Keep Off!" ?

This is not a sign.  I was going to sit on this bench
to take photos, but then thought better of it.  Who knows
how many Lyme-disease carrying ticks, wasps, snakes,
and ogres are hiding out in that grass?

A sign that it is harvest time:  loads of pears on this tree
in the park.  But no one is harvesting them!

A sign that fall is coming.  


The Crislers said...

I, too, am kind of a dunce at photography. My family only minds my zillions of pictures when I forget to erase the rejects, which is always.
There's an apple tree in the median of our closest exit to the interstate, and it is loaded with fruit. I keep thinking I'm going to go pick a bunch, but first I need to figure out how to do so without dying.

Karen S. said...

All great signs, especially the lone shoe, and that first one is perfect although folks around our biking and walking paths still seem to get them mixed up!

Joanie said...

All professional photographers take AT LEAST a carillon photos, hoping that one will turn out right. So pat yourself on the back!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Yes, but I want to fish there, dammit!

Angie said...

Beautiful photos, CHM! I miss North Park.

Bob Scotney said...

You've got it right and can chose a subject well.

Bob Scotney said...

You've got it right and can chose a subject well.

Cassi said...

Love the one with the shoe. I have two other photographers in the house, so I never need to document anything except the garden :-)

Patience_Crabstick said...

I really need to learn to take better pictures. Good luck with your learning project! Do you have instagram? It's a really fun way to learn how to identify good subjects for photography.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Signs, signs. I admire your eye and your lens.