I'm going to take a long story and condense it. Here goes.
I wanted to buy a new camera. I did some research. I realized that I already had a better camera than anything I could afford to buy. So, instead, I bought a book.
My goal, this summer, is to read the book - Complete Digital Photography, Sixth Edition by Ben Long - and practice all the steps. And, eventually, learn how to use my camera's manual features.
And if I blog about it, then I might actually do it. So here starts the beginning of my education in photography.
The first exercise was simply to take some photos with the camera's autofocus feature.
I wanted to plant some cilantro, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I gathered up my camera, my son, and my son's camera, and we went over to the Gledhill Nursery in West Hartford to take a few snapshots and buy some herbs.
I could bore you with a ton of my photos, but instead I think I'll take a page from America's Next Top Model, and simply show you what I feel is my best shot.
I haven't retouched this at all. I haven't bumped the contrast or anything. This is exactly the way the camera captured the windmill and the reflection.
And now here are a couple of Magoo's best shots.
I love the range of colors he caught in the leaves, from the super lightness of the front leaf - which, to me, is the focal point of the photograph - to the black recessions above and below it.
I also love the way he caught the wood beams on this bridge. He balanced the space very well. There's a calm repetition in the wood, but by photographing them at an angle, the diagonals make it more dynamic.
I have a lot of fun taking pictures. Sometimes you hear people say, Put down the camera and live in the moment. But honestly, it's the moments of taking the pictures that I like to live in. But I'm finding that I also really love seeing how Magoo approaches photography. He sees things differently. Different things attract him. And, quite frankly, it's just fun to go out and do something together.