Monday, October 15, 2012

Mare Island Photo Walk

This past Saturday, Oct 13, was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.  I've been wanting to go on a photo walk for quite some time, so was very excited to get the opportunity.

I joined a photowalk in Vallejo, CA at Mare Island.  (

Going into the walk I was well aware of my lack of experience and overall knowledge of photography.  My hardware pales in comparison to everyone else there.  I have a lot of the know-how, but because I haven't been practicing it long, it's not right on the top of my head.  My vision is the one thing I know I really need to work on.  I do OK, see some of the same cool photos other photographers see, but something gets lost in translation between my mind's eye and the camera's lens.  And that's where practice comes in.  And lastly, my post-processing skills still need to be developed. Trying to learn how to get the software to do what I see in my head - and honestly that would be a lot easier if I were capturing what I see in my head better.

At any rate - here is my first real venture into the world of Photo Walks and architecture-type photography.
















The rest of the photos can be found here:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Inspired by 10-Challenges

I'm doing the 10-challenges from Her View Photography.  One of the challenges is to tell a story and make a photo book.  Well, I'm not up to that task yet, but I did think that maybe I would try to be more story-telling with my photos.  Here's the story of Audrey brushing her teeth.







I found a free e-book called 10 Challenges to improve your photography. I'll be working through them and posting the results here. And any other ideas I get from being inspired through this.

The first challenge is to walk around the subject. Take 10 different photos of the subject. So different that you can hardly tell they are the same thing.

I chose my trombone.

I took about 80 photos, narrowed it down to 13 that I liked - some are similar, or copies just processed differently.









Monday, October 1, 2012

Lines ... and then some

My niece is taking a photography class in school.  She had her first assignment this weekend ... lines; we were all together for the weekend visiting Josh's mom, so she and I went out to take photos.

It was fun to have something to think about when taking photos, and not just shoot willy-nilly.  I really was forced to think about my composition and look for things that fit a specific subject.  it was also fun to pass on a little bit of knowledge to someone else, something I don't get to do being so new myself.

Anyway .... Lines and other things from Nana's.


she's such a willing model




Audrey was modeling so well and Annie wanted to join in.  But Annie didn't want to smile.

Audrey was pretty adamant about having a group photo.  It was overexposed and it's just too hard to get another shot set up.  So B&W it is.....

There's an old shed on the side of the house that was just begging to be photographed.  I am picturing a Bridges of Madison County style picture.  Couldn't quite process it right, but I'm content with it.

We went for a walk.  This was the neighbor's cat.  Everybody freaked out at me that I was taking a photo of some other person's house.  But the cat was so purr-fect there on the top of the railing.

This dog looked so pathetic staring out the window like that.  I love the peeling paint around the window.


Stairs always make great line photos


Our favorite winery


This train car was begging to be photographed.

Power lines in the open space behind my MIL's house.  Makes it feel so rural and desolate.


Josh snagged a photo of me and Annie playing with Annie's new toy.



Josh showing us how he can juggle.  He was trying to catch the ball mid-air and missed.

The rest of the photos from our trip can be found here: