||[May. 23rd, 2010|02:29 am]
has been bitching about me having bought a Nikon D70s
and not posting tons and tons of pictures with it. Part of the reason for this is that i don't have any interesting subject matter to photograph and the other part is I haven't mastered the art of photography. It looks simple, but it's not.
Anyway, I've needed to replace the lamp in the above photo. I was given that lamp as a birthday present or Christmas present or something many years ago. I thought that the bulb would never burn out until one night it finally did.
I don't think that you could just run out ad get a bulb to replace what was in that lamp. I've been exploring my options and finally found something that would put out more light, but more importantly, would put out light at a higher elevation, thus casting less shadow when reading in bed.
The replacement unboxed
The replacement assembled
The replacement providing light for the "studio"
The replacement installed
Lol... I own the same lamp. It's in my office (aka storage room). And I must argue with you - if you're looking for subject matter just to learn your camera, it's all around you. Photograph anything - stuff you have laying around your apartment (not your sex toys though), go outside and photograph a bush, a flower or a tree. The thing about photography is you can never use the excuse you don't have a subject. It's your job to make a boring subject interesting : ) So yeah, take some pictures and post that shit. I've been on you about this, too.
I don't recall you bellyaching like ehowton
, but I know better than to argue with you.
I take your point about making the mundane interesting, but isn't part of the trick to see something in the mundane that no one else sees?
I could really use your help in learning a few things about lighting and the science behind photography, like choosing the right ISO setting, f-stop, aperture and shutter speed. I can almost get each individual concept but the intersection of them all is quite daunting. I need someone who knows what they are doing to look over my shoulder and tell me what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong.
Say, this sounds like an exchange waiting to happen. Value for value. Maybe we could make a weekend of it sometime soon. I could help with the book and we could go shooting together. Besides, you have a bundle of joy to shoot and shoot and shoot. Now there's
one subject that is never uninteresting to shoot.
heh - we tried that once. Here's an 800-comment post
in where everyone was trying to explain to him that he could make the movie he wanted to make without having to drop a fortune on a movie camera (of course vehemently disagrees). He also felt the same about owning a fixed camera, which is why I find it so freaking hysterical that here he is with a nice camera and suddenly has "no subjects."
The boy is
amazing, I'll give him that.
That first picture is great! Well done!
I assure you that was more luck of the draw than it was a planned event. I was the right distance back and found that I had different focal points.
For what it's worth, the two pictures of the full height of the lamp were taken with the point and shoot because I couldn't get far enough back to get the shot I wanted with the fixed 50.
Edited at 2010-05-23 03:04 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! Especially the close-up photos; they're awesome!
And I echo the first commentator - subjects are all around you! (and failing that, get a cat. They're a subject in and of themselves... even if they're not quite cooperative some (most) of the time... XP
Keep up the good work!
p.s. nice lamp! That's awesome, and now no more strained eyes! yay!
p.p.s. I was in Wal*Mart the other day and found "The Patriot's History of the United States" by Larry Schweikartand Michael Patrick Allen - did you say you wanted it/read it? I was going to wait on you before I got it (plus pay-day, but that's another story... XP)
2010-05-23 11:24 am (UTC)
2010-05-24 08:48 pm (UTC)
you need to clean.
I poured all that within the first six months of turning 21.
You don't want to see my room... to say that I am a slob is putting it nicely...
You. Must. Post. Pictures.
It's bright... would probably hurt my eyes honestly but anyway - great-grandma (legally blind) has the same light and uses it to put super high amounts of light onto anything she wants to see. Most of the time she can't see much more than vague shapes etc. but she says that the extra light does help. (shrug) I wouldn't know. Thank goodness I am not blind yet.
BTW I don't know how to delete the anon. comment I left... so you'll have to? IDK anyway, I am so used to the computer keeping me logged in that I did not think anything about it until the comment had been posted. Sorry Furbie. :-)
I love the first picture :D
anyways, photography is not just taking a good picture of a beautiful thing, it's about taking a beautiful picture of an ordinary thing. so take pictures of the pavement, the sky, that leaf that's on the grass, all that makes a good photo under the right light and with a good eye :]