Thursday, October 6, 2011

Foto Friday

On Saturday I got up at a too early hour to go on a photo shoot with my teacher Wade and a friend of his. We went up to Midway which is extra beautiful this time of the year and worked on shooting in morning light. I have to say when I came home and looked at my pictures I was pretty disappointed. I've had that feeling a lot lately when I look at my pictures. Just always hoping they will be just a little bit different. A little more special. Yesterday a friend posted this quote from Ira Glass, host of This American Life on NPR. It perfectly said what I needed to read about how I'm feeling about photography right now. I've always had a problem with expecting too much from myself, I want to be immediately good at everything. It was a good reminder that I just need to keep practicing.

I don't think I ever ended up blogging about going to see Ira Glass speak earlier this year. It was amazing. I've been in love with him for many, many years and somehow loved him more after seeing him. I really wish I would have had a tape recorder that night.

Pigs in Midway

This is the kind of thing I still really struggle with and get frustrated about, the focus on this ended up on the fence instead of the pig. But I still like the shot.

The handsome teacher letting me practice portraits and light

On Sunday I heard two different flocks of geese loudly flying over our apartment. We see a lot of canadian geese this time of year on their way south. There is a little pond and stream system near my house that is a popular resting point so we decided to go see who was stopping by and feed the geese.

There were two humungo catfish (I think) that were fighting the geese for their share of the bread. I tried to get a pic where you could see just how big this guy was, but they were too fast and stirred up the mud a lot. He was about the same length as the geese though.

Wednesday was my last night of the photo class. We practiced a few kinds of different lighting which there is almost an infinite amount of stuff to learn about. We also had a model there who very graciously let us pose her and set up shots. It was actually really hard for me. Something I'm definitely not comfortable doing. It was fun to see how everyone else did their shots though and get some different ideas.

I've had a lot of fun and I'm really going to miss the class. Wish it had been a lot longer. Wade set up a Facebook group for all of his friends that are into photography and hopefully we will encourage each other to go on shoots and keep learning from each other. I'm actually hopeful that this group of people might be more of what I was looking for when I signed up for the photo group, which hasn't really panned out to be something I like yet.


Britta said...

Oh I am printing that quote and hanging it up! I have been so frustrated with my pottery for the same reasons. I have high expectations. I loved the pictures though - really great job. That Wade guy is a looker.

Kris said...

I love that quote - I'm totally stealing it! I feel the same way about my photography. I have vision, but I can't always execute it. I guess I'll just continue to take a billion pictures until I get really good at it. (If you think I am exaggerating, I really do take on average 600 pictures a month.)

Anonymous said...

you can't always get want you want...KOC


Kari said...

rr, interesting timing on that quote because over on the site where Marty and I met there has been a debate about what those lyrics really meant.

Marty Wombacher said...

I'm along with everyone else, that Ira Glass quote is perfect. I've always believed in working on something you're passionate about at least an hour every day, if not more. Your photos are getting better and better, can't put it any better than rr: KOC!