Back to School and a Scene of a Toad

Oh I know, I have completely left this little blog in space!!! But I am back and feeling inspired! So, as some of you know I have decided to start over career wise. This calls for me to set aside my badge that came with being a Juvenile Probation Officer and picking up my camera and purchasing sketchpads. That is correct.... from one extreme of structure to another of such freedoms that I am still attempting to get a handle on. I am attempting another bachelors in art with media emphasis to get into graphic design.  So, my absence the past couple of weeks was due to this very strange adjustment from JPO to homeowner to stay at home wife to student (and the start of the Insanity workout in between).  In this post I want to share with you my first photography assignment. We were directed to become more familiar with our camera. I have owned my camera for over two years and in the past week I have learned so much about it. 

We had to take a self portrait in a way that describes us in our space. We were to take the photos in this assignment in our space. I decided on the background to be our house. I feel like that right now this is the best way to describe me. After all I had a hand in building it. 

We had to take a self portrait in a way that describes us in our space. We were to take the photos in this assignment in our space. I decided on the background to be our house. I feel like that right now this is the best way to describe me. After all I had a hand in building it. 

The next part of our assignment was to deal with the depth. Take in and out of focus the foreground and the background of our subjects.  

The next part of our assignment was to deal with the depth. Take in and out of focus the foreground and the background of our subjects.  

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Another part was to take a photo in low light. This was taken in the living area with only a lamp on. It was very dark. 

Another part was to take a photo in low light. This was taken in the living area with only a lamp on. It was very dark. 

Here we had to take a photo of our space as if we were a worm!!! This photo was also inspired by a not so swell day in my drawing class. We were directed to sketch a stack of chairs with skulls and such in 1:30, this was a gesture drawing. I did a terrible job, but I knew that I could photograph such objects in a unique way. I am practicing my gesture drawings and hope to become better. 

Here we had to take a photo of our space as if we were a worm!!! This photo was also inspired by a not so swell day in my drawing class. We were directed to sketch a stack of chairs with skulls and such in 1:30, this was a gesture drawing. I did a terrible job, but I knew that I could photograph such objects in a unique way. I am practicing my gesture drawings and hope to become better. 

Another image from a worm's perspective. Very industrial looking I think. 

Another image from a worm's perspective. Very industrial looking I think. 

We had to do a shot of movement, testing different shutter speeds and aperture settings. Sprout really enjoyed posing for this one. 

We had to do a shot of movement, testing different shutter speeds and aperture settings. Sprout really enjoyed posing for this one. 

We were to also learn about the White Balance settings on our camera.....one that was new to me. 

We were to also learn about the White Balance settings on our camera.....one that was new to me. 

Last but not least we presented three photos taken with any adjustments we wanted. This was another of the glass of wine in low light, but while the shutter was open I removed the glass and replaced it. This gave it sort of a ghost image. I was tickled that I even thought of taking such action!!!

Last but not least we presented three photos taken with any adjustments we wanted. This was another of the glass of wine in low light, but while the shutter was open I removed the glass and replaced it. This gave it sort of a ghost image. I was tickled that I even thought of taking such action!!!

My second photo for the free adjustment assignment I chose a sunset photo. As many of you know, by following the Adventures in House Building, I have taken this photo a million times. I have never been able to catch the colors as I see them while taking the photo. I messed with the aperture and the ISO settings and gave birth to this. I am looking forward to continued adjustments and see what else I can get. 

My second photo for the free adjustment assignment I chose a sunset photo. As many of you know, by following the Adventures in House Building, I have taken this photo a million times. I have never been able to catch the colors as I see them while taking the photo. I messed with the aperture and the ISO settings and gave birth to this. I am looking forward to continued adjustments and see what else I can get. 

And the last of the free setting assignment I chose to catch a portrait of a toad. This little guy, along with several others, feed off of bugs that are attracted to the lights on our house. I don't think my professor was super thrilled about this shot, but I love it!!! and I feel  that it is toadly awesome ;)   So there you have it, my first assignment. None of these photos have been edited and none were set on the "auto" setting on my camera. I had to really dive in and experiment with ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed. I loved this assignment and feel like I got some great shots and became more educated on my camera and myself. My professor informed me that I have a commercial quality. I have heard this before. However, I really was unsure on the meaning. I asked him to clarify and he said for advertising and such. I think that is a great compliment and I look forward to seeing where my commercial shots take me.     On another perspective, it is very liberating but also a bit tough getting back in the student seat. I have found myself being the oldest in most of my classes which can take on a bit of a self conscious mindset. Especially in terms of talent. Another tough thing for me is to free my mind, to not over think and to just be. I know, that is hard for some of you to believe due to my free spirit personality!!!!! But after being in a place that is super structured it is hard to let my natural need to be free to come out. I find myself taking a step back and looking at my surroundings and know that this is ok. I am so excited about school and am ready to release myself from such structure. 

And the last of the free setting assignment I chose to catch a portrait of a toad. This little guy, along with several others, feed off of bugs that are attracted to the lights on our house. I don't think my professor was super thrilled about this shot, but I love it!!! and I feel  that it is toadly awesome ;)

 

So there you have it, my first assignment. None of these photos have been edited and none were set on the "auto" setting on my camera. I had to really dive in and experiment with ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed. I loved this assignment and feel like I got some great shots and became more educated on my camera and myself. My professor informed me that I have a commercial quality. I have heard this before. However, I really was unsure on the meaning. I asked him to clarify and he said for advertising and such. I think that is a great compliment and I look forward to seeing where my commercial shots take me.  

 

On another perspective, it is very liberating but also a bit tough getting back in the student seat. I have found myself being the oldest in most of my classes which can take on a bit of a self conscious mindset. Especially in terms of talent. Another tough thing for me is to free my mind, to not over think and to just be. I know, that is hard for some of you to believe due to my free spirit personality!!!!! But after being in a place that is super structured it is hard to let my natural need to be free to come out. I find myself taking a step back and looking at my surroundings and know that this is ok. I am so excited about school and am ready to release myself from such structure.