A continuation of 13 creative exercises for photographers.
Lot’s of exercises in one. Write a bunch of different exercises down onto a piece of paper and cut them into strips. Place them into a bowl/hat and pick one out. That is the exercise you focus on.
My chosen exercise was black and white... I'm getting better but I still have a long way to go.
For more on these exercises.
Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
Photographers participating in the challenge come from nearly every country and culture. Tell us the story of your culture.
I bought my Nikon D810 about a year ago.
The shot on the left was one of my first photos with my new camera (Boston Public Library). The shot on the right was taken a couple of weeks ago in Lynn (MA).
Quite the difference, isn't it?
Since then I've purchased Lightroom CC (January) and started a "Learning Your Camera" blog (March). I work on my photography each day -- except Sunday. Every day I read at least two articles or watch a video to improve. I've been participating in the "Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge" also. There are other photo exercises in my "study" part of my journal. Photography is no longer a hobby; it's become my passion.
I will be updating the opening page photo and the gallery covers soon.
Until next time, happy creating,
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Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
What are you grateful for? Show us.
This was a tough assignment to boil down, there’s so many things that I’m grateful for. I’ve a brain cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in Nov. 2014. It was deemed inoperable – until there wasn’t a choice -- removal or death.
After the removal I had to relearn everything from walking, talking, writing, reading, everything including using a toothbrush.
I’m grateful to all of the medical staff at the hospitals and rehab facilities, my wife, daughter, family, friends and neighbors.
At times I thought I would never be able to photograph again. Then, I remembered that my cell phone had a camera. I took a lot of hospital photos.
After the endless chemo and stem cell transplant (I’m in remission) I upgraded to a simple camera, twice, then I went back to my Nikon D700. Finally, I upgraded to a Nikon D810.
For me, photography is therapy. That is what I’m most grateful for.
Note: Now, I’m working with the ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association) and Light The Night so that I can give back.
I saw an ad from the MACC (Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions) seeking photographers to help protect and preserve Massachusetts Wetlands. May was Wetlands Month. Naturally, I wanted to help.
I did a bit of research on wetlands. In the 20th century, the world has lost 50% of its wetlands. But in the US, we've lost 80% of our wetlands since the 1980s. Wetlands act as the biological "kidneys" of the landscape by filtering out any water that would otherwise directly run into a water system. This chain reaction will affect well, everything. So I REALLY wanted to help. I grabbed my camera.
The wetlands are not pretty, to say the least, and they're flat too. White cranes are everywhere in the North Shore. They would present a nice contrast to the muddy backdrop. Perfect. Now to search for some birds.
Several times over the month, I tried. Thwarted attempts due to:
Finally, I found a group of White Cranes just over the bridge entering Plum Island. I pulled my car up quietly. Three other photographers had done the same. As we quickly, and silently, set up, another car pulled in. The moron slammed his door.
Our heads snapped around, glaring at him. "Sorry," he yelled as the birds took off in a flash. On the way home I chanted "om om om."
This is the only shot I took of birds that month. I submitted the photo, which was mediocre at best.