Lesson 2 of the on-line photography course I'm studying- "Finding Your Eye" http://kateyestudio.com/online-courses/find-your-eye-photo-courses was to organize my favorite photos into an Inspiration File, which I keep on my photo organizer site.
For Lesson 3, I was to look over these photos and find a common theme, then find a familiar subject that fits the theme and shoot 50 pictures at different viewpoints. A list of questions encouraged thinking through the process.
My photo themes are varied, but its seems that the common bond is color-lots of color.Therefore, I decided to photograph the toddler playground at my church, because of the bold colors of the climbing structure, and the ease of taking shots at different angles.
When did I feel the most interested and excited? The beginning was the most intense because there was so much potential. It was an overcast morning and no kids using it at the time.
When did I lose track of time? After the first couple of shots- I really got into it! At first, I was not even aware of the comings and goings of people.
How do I like the end result? I was amazed at the cool shots and points of view the camera captured.
Did my favorite image change between capture and review/edit? I must admit that I did not even check out the photos as I snapped them-just kept going! Ended up with 56 views.
When did I feel most frustrated or want to stop? Why? It was just before I did stop because I felt like there was nothing new to capture. About 30 minutes later, a group of cute little kids came out; that would have been fun to shoot! (I was busy cuddling babies in the nursery)
How did I find the experience of photographing a familiar subject with intent? It was exciting and eye-opening. I never considered the different angles of the structure before this assignment. Of course, this was an easy photo-op; what if it was something small? How creative could I get?
What did I like or not like about the experience? I liked that I had an excuse to climb into the structure. I'm thinking now maybe I could have gone down a slide? I don't know- I'm an overweight middle-aged woman out alone in a baby's toy. :) There were a few passersby, but no one said anything. I did inform the children's ministry director of what I was going to do, so had her permission. I do not like that my photos tend to have a bluish cast to them, Not sure what's happening.
What would I change next time to suit me? I would allow more time and to wait and let ideas come to me. How fun it would have been to wait for the kids to come out so that I could photograph little hands and feet at work- without compromising their privacy!
This was a good learning experience- and fun! Must plan to do it more often.