September 14, 2009

California Photography Lessons

I took over 800 photos while on vacation. Some people may say that's a bit crazy (ahem, Kelsa), and to some extent I agree. But the thing is, when I'm out with camera in hand every photo I take teaches me something. There so much to learn about my camera, its sweet focal spots, it natural coloring, the way it meters light, the graininess of my images when I bump up their ISO. No two camera are alike and I can honestly say that after this trip, I know my camera whole lot better. We tight.

It gave me great joy to realize that about midway through my trip, I stopped shooting in automatic modes. I'd switch it to one of the presets every now and again, but usually if I was compsoing a shot, I'd flip it to manual. I started noticing that I could get better images by reading mycamera than I could when I let it choose. In fact, I've done very little editing to the photos I took. For the most part, they are pretty good as is, which for me, is a huge accomplishment.

The direct result of my learning expereince is that I have a lot of photos that I now love. It's the downside of taking 800 photos. I'm just not sure where I'm going to be able to display them all.

(That's the moon)

(The reflection in this pool was amazing.

I actually have more, but Blogger is getting weird on me. I can't upload any more photos right now. We'll call this part one of my favorites. More to come.


Alexis said...

how on earth did you take that one of the moon?
they are all fabulous- can't wait to see more!

Megan said...

These are really amazing! I can spot a few I'd love to have on my walls.

kelsalynn said...

I don't get how that one is the moon. I don't understand what I'm looking at. I love all the others but I think I'll probably hang the one of Mike in our house. J/K You certainly have an eye for capturing the beauty in things.

Let's do a little experiment, I will take a camera to all the same places and take a picture and we can compare. It will be awesome...