Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Boy, Interrupted

I'm trying to learn about the digital SLR camera I've had for several years--it works great on auto-focus, but I know I'm not using half the features. One of the blogs I read, This Is Reverb, is posting a week of photo classes. This morning was aperture/ depth of field. You know, making something in the foreground in focus but the background is fuzzy--that's how you do that. Or making the whole thing clear so you can capture a landscape. Apeture. Who knew.

Well, the answer is everyone except for me. Well, that's not right either. I had read about it, but it wasn't until this morning that I got out the ol' manual and figured out how to change the settings on my camera. I would love to take a legit photo class. Got sidetracked by art in high school and college, and then when else are you gonna do it? Anyway, here I go, doing what I always do when I learn something new: messing around with the camera and taking pics of whatever is in front of me. Like, right in front of me.



Case in point: my iPhone, balanced on my knee, with the Today Show in the background. I realize that my knee looks kinda weird. I'm counting on you to be able to handle it.



Canon strap and knee. Maybe I should do an entire series of pics with my knee and other subjects. Maybe not.



Here's me taking the same pic twice and then upping the aperture.



See how the boxes in the back are slightly clearer? This isn't to show you the beauty of my kids' messy playroom or my photo skills, but just to show you that I'm trying.



I moved on to one of my favorite subjects.



Messing some more with depth of field.



How cute is this? He has "Green," his blankie, draped over the bridge to make snow. Though, to be honest, if I saw green snow for real I'd probably freak out.



This is classic Hanko. Glazed-eyes watching Pokemon. I think it was Pokemon.



My boy.



See, train in focus, face not. That's something, right?



More of that.



"Mom, you can be Molly, and I can be James and Henry and Percy and we can go in this tunnel and..."



*sigh*



I always thought I'd have brown-eyed, curly-haired babies. Cut to me six years later, unable to stop staring into these beauties to figure out what color they're going to be. We really can't tell yet. But I lurrrrrve them. He has a pie-shaped brown triangle in his left eye. See it?



My boy. Did I say that already? Love that he has bedhead and that he's wearing Christmas PJs in June.



Okay, back to my vacation. I have lots of nothing to catch up on.

7 comments:

  1. Good pictures. You're better than me with that thing! I need to take a class too...oh, the classes I need to take.

    By need, I mean want.

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  2. He IS cute!!! Absolutely adorable to be exact! ;-)

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  3. He is super cute :) I took photo in HS but I've forgotten a lot of that stuff and have never looked into manually changing the settings on my camera...maybe I should.

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  4. i have some fabulous handouts from a class i took last month... Ill have to copy them and meet you at Bel Air(hehe) and hand them off to you!! They are awesome and explain so much... Just let me know what a good time for the dropoff could be... hehehe

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  5. i have some fabulous handouts from a class i took last month... Ill have to copy them and meet you at Bel Air(hehe) and hand them off to you!! They are awesome and explain so much... Just let me know what a good time for the dropoff could be... hehehe

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  6. Susan--I'd love that. Where did you take the class?

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  7. Your kids are adorable! One of the kids I'm a nanny for is in love with Thomas too, so i can relate to spending hours building track and playing trains!

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