Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs
Where does the time fly? It is crazy, I can’t believe it is Tuesday already and tomorrow is MM again. I have to go out tonight, so I won’t be accepting any more entries after about 2pm my time. Hoping to go and scout out a new location for trying to photograph the stars and maybe do some star trails.
Social Snappers Photography Excursions
I keep getting told that people love the idea of Social Snappers, but they don’t want to do them because they think they won’t be good enough, or they don’t have a fancy camera. It is disappointing to hear that people think like that. I don’t care what camera people use, as long as they enjoy using it and love taking photos. I think the only excursion I have done that people without a camera like a DSLR or mirrorless camera couldn’t do, would be the night photography. I think people forget that composition is an important part of photography and when you have a camera like a compact it becomes all about that. I often go out with just my phone to take photos, or the little compact camera that I have. A camera is a camera. There is also no show and tell, so no one is judging you. It is just about taking photos and being around other people who also like to take photos.
I have planned the Sunday excursions for next term. I haven’t done a page on them, but if you want a sneak preview and a look at the photos I took on Sunday in the latest excursion, then click here, Social Snappers in Banyule Flats. The excursions for Thursdays are coming soon.
One on One Photography Sessions
I am thinking of having another look at what I offer with these. I’m starting to see that for many people, a single one on one session is not enough, and perhaps I should provide packages for people who want to learn more, but don’t want to go through the whole learning process in a classroom. The idea would be to do something similar to the classes, but it can be done where and when is convenient to both of us. When I have worked it out I will let you know.
On the weekend a friend of mine asked me if I ever got bored taking photos? It was a curious question. I do get bored doing things, but photography has never really been one of them. I always find that there is always things to learn and always things to experiment with, how could I get bored. I do like challenging myself, seeing what I can do. I have several things I want to challenge myself with at the moment, some of it is working out how to do some new things in Photoshop, while others are learning how to do things like star trails, or using Neutral Density filters. I’m sure by the time I am bored with them, I will have moved on to the next thing.
One thing I want to get back to doing is Architectural Photography. I used to love doing it and now I seem to hardly do it at all. I have been working on images, and if you follow me on Flickr you will have seen them. My biggest issue is getting into the city to take photos of them, and then I started realising that I don’t have to go into the city to practice architectural photography. There are lots of buildings around here in Heidelberg and the surrounding suburbs that I am sure I could practice on. It just makes sense, then if something doesn’t work, it isn’t too far to go and do it again. Sometimes I do over think things and make it all too complicated than it needs to be.
Neutral Density Filters
Speaking of those filters, I’ve been playing with mine quite a bit. I’ve tried doing some things with it, seeing where I can push it. I took my first 5 minute exposure with it the other day, I love experimenting with it and seeing what I can do with it. The other night I went into the city my husband and daughter and we tried taking photos of places that are always full of people, like under the clocks at Flinders Street Station. It was a lot of fun, though I didn’t take in my remote shutter release, so I couldn’t do any images longer than 30 seconds. I would like to try it again sometime, but have an exposure of several minutes and see what happens. I do love taking photos of things that you have no idea how they will turn out. It is fun to see what works, or what doesn’t. I have other plans for this filter, I hope you won’t mind me showing you more.
I am going to leave it there today, the photos in the post today were taken at the time I just told you about. They weren’t all done with the filter, but most were. The one of the car trails is another stacked image and was done using 23 images. I love the effect it gives you, I hope you like it too.