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Assignment 3 – More on Composition

August 12, 2010

For our third assignment we presented two photos to the classs that demonstrated ‘good composition.’  There are many rules of composition, and people can choose to abide by those rules or break them entirely, where in some cases it will turn out miserably and in others, you’ll have yourself some art. My Cricket pic was my favorite composition picture and one I couldn’t wait to show you. It’s probably still my favorite but here are a few others. If anything, they show that I probably learned something. :)

This is the other photo I showed the class. I tried to demonstrate the rule of ‘leading lines’ (the rails in the bridge walkway leading to my primary subjects) as well as put Steve and Cricket in the intersection points when you divide the picture into thirds (‘rule of thirds’).

So overall, I think I demonstrated both rules rather well, it’s just not that interesting of a photo to me. Maybe if I made Steve put a different colored shirt on for our photo shoot? We also tried it in black and white, but I’m still not sure. Don’t you like how Cricket’s like ‘WTF?’

Here are two more that I thought were quite good. This is a picture of a box of chocolates (“life is like a box of chocolates…”) from Cacao, a handcrafted, artisan chocolatier in Inman Park, Alanta . We received this thoughtful and tasty treat in thanks for hosting a retirement party for a colleague of Steve’s.  I thought the box was beautiful with the deep brown coloring, bright purple bow and gold stamped logo. What was inside was even more beautiful – there was a tasty buddha with ginger in his belly! – but I didn’t get any real good photos of those, partly because Steve left the box in the car for like 5 minutes and in 100+ degree heat, our little chocolates started to droop (mini buddha had a smooshed nose).  Anywho, this picture employs the ‘fill the frame’ / ‘get in close’ compositional rule (as does my Cricket pic).  

Last but not least, this is a view from my driveway looking into our neighbor’s yard. I really liked the way the light caught the leaves and flowers, and that this part was bright and vibrant with color in front of a dreary old basement window. Also employed the rule of thirds here.

Next post, I’ll show you all my favorites I took during the course of the class. You’ll see more from the Oakland Cemetery (field trip!) as well as some lucky shots I took of unsuspecting critters at my parents’ home last weekend in Athens. Stay tuned.


My first framed print!

August 7, 2010

Ok, so I didn’t sell a print yet, but I gave one as a gift to my super awesome and supportive husband. Check it out!


Assignment 3 – Composition (and Cricket!)

July 28, 2010

I’ll share the other composition photos I took for this assignment in an upcoming post. But until then, I just had to share my favorite picture thus far, maybe ever – Cricket! Tell me she’s not adorable. I dare you.


Rockin’ robin…tweet, tweet, tweet

July 7, 2010

I was able to catch a few pictures with the good camera now that the babies are peeking their heads out of the nest a little. I’ll try to get more when there’s more light (and less blur). And check out the delightful sound of our baby birds: tweet, tweet, tweet

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Baby mamma

July 3, 2010

This is the second robin nest of the season this year, and we are keeping a close eye on things. After the bird homicide committed on our back deck on Thursday morning (Steve caught the falcon or hawk or whatever bird of prey red-handed/beeked), we are very happy that mamma robin has found a safe haven for her nest full of eggs (and now one baby bird) under our deck. While we haven’t had much rain the last few days, we’ve even put a plastic cover on top so that when it does, her nest and babies won’t get too soggy.

Baby mamma robin isn’t very skittish, and she’s allowed me to take quite a number of pictures of her in her nest. She is a proud mamma. I’ve also been able to get a few pictures inside the nest with the iPhone (there’s not enough clearance for a bigger camera). Here are a few pics that I’ve taken; I’ll continue to add more as the two other eggs hatch. Very exciting times!!

UPDATE! Baby #2 has arrived!

UPDATE! Baby #3 has hatched!

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Around the homestead

June 27, 2010

I’ve spent some time wandering around the homestead over the last week, taking pictures along the way. Here are a few things I discovered (and subsequently photographed for your viewing pleasure):

  • There’s another robin’s nest under our porch (not the best picture, but it’s the weirdest angle to take), and there are now three little, blue eggs, although this picture only shows one. I bet momma robin was pissed after we took the first nest down, also pictured…notice there are strands of Cricket’s hair in there from when we shaved her the first time this summer.
  • We have a beautiful fig tree. I love the giant ornamental leaves. And the way this tree is shaped…it’s just…beautiful.
  • We’ve become quite the collectors of yard art.

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America’s Next Top (Canine) Models

June 21, 2010

We are dog sitting, Kaiser, my friend Michelle’s boxer. He is a laid-back, very sweet dude. And very unlike our crazy Cricket. I had the opportunity to take a few pictures of him throughout the weekend. While he tolerated it, you can tell he wasn’t really that into it. Funny, every time I grabbed the camera, someone got a little jealous….

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