So my first shoot from this morning highlighted two things: 1. Our new dog is super cute. 2. I have a lot to learn. I need to find a community of photographers (or create one!) to really get to the bottom of this. I do think I might sleep with my new camera under my pillow tonight. Again, two reasons: 1. I love it. 2. I think I will learn everything about it by osmosis while I slumber. That's how it works, right?
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It's no big secret, I am going to be 40 this year. 4. OH! Yep, it is true. Well, and not even really this "year." It is actually next month. And I am not a grumpy birthday girl. I'm really not. And this year as everyone else (mainly my parents, brother and younger husband) were all freaking out that I was going to be 40 I continued to insist it is really not a big deal. Puh-lease, it is just a number. Right? Well, as the days get a bit closer, I've been getting a bit more antsy. Kinda irritable. A little mid-life crisis-ish, one might say?
Well, my parents really wanted to get me a super-nice gift this year, and even though I kept thinking about how much I would LOVE and really NEED a DSLR to be a decent art director, parent and let's face it, creative human being, I couldn't stand the idea of how much those cameras cost. Think of everything you could have instead? And yet, I couldn't go one more day, right!?
Being that I am turning 40 it is obvious I grew up in the dark ages. And that means back when there were darkrooms. And yes, I spent quite a bit of time inside of one or two of those. I can still remember the sunny days lost spent inhaling chemicals in the darkness, with entire rolls of film underdeveloped and streaky, drippy photo paper highlighting every flaw in every photo shot. I know, I am supposed to say that's when I fell in love with photography, but it isn't. I never had the patience for the darkroom.
It was when I was out shooting that I loved photography. My dad would chauffer me from one Kansas City landmark to the next, sneaking down to the banks of the Missouri River, capturing one barge after another. Understanding composition, lighting, and mastering the techinicalities of my old Minolta...film and all.
So, it is fortunate for me that the new digital cameras have taken the dark room out of photography, and here I am, as of today, back in business! I am armed with my new camera, and I am ready to go! I can't wait to start creating, to get that piece of me back again. I hope to share my photos and what I hope I'll learn as I go.
I've been borrowing a very kind friend's DSLR for the past several weeks, and had a chance to get my feet wet. I already shared a couple of my Gracie photos here, but I will post them again:
My awesomely talented and amazing photographer friend Sherri Mayer was kind enough to loan me her old Nikon D40. She's upgraded, and is saving this camera for her 4 girls (yes, 4!) for when they're old enough to take phtoography in high school someday. Like I did! In the stone ages. With film. You know, the long plastic strip with the holes bordering each side? Do you remember it? I took photography again in college. It was a requirement for a degree in graphic design. I remember stinky afternoons in the darkroom making prints. And the love hate relationship with the chemicals and the paper and the expense. Not to mention hunting around for things to shoot. Ah! How photography class is wasted on the young. Now that I have the two greatest subjects in the world...and the digital platform...it seems a whole new world might be opening up for me.
Natalie's friend is here playing this afternoon so I took just gracie out in the yard a voila! It is amazing what a difference a decent peice of equipment, some dusty old photography knowledge, and way too many hours in a dark room can make in a photo.
And I think I'm just getting started! Wait until I get ahold of Natalie...and my neice and nephew...and...well, the possibilities are endless!
And if you're interested in seeing Sherri's amazing work, you can visit her here.