I went to Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento last night. Richard found it by attending an astronomy talk there and suggested I go to their print night. I did, and found their expertise levels and gear way above mine. Members bring prints, show them and the other members offer their insights. Last night I saw some amazing photography. Some photographers were shooting with infrared cameras. Most used full-frame cameras. They all printed out their own images.

No I didn’t sit there and say, “Why am I here!” I actually was amazed that my compositions were similar to many I saw that night–angled, up close, focus on textures, etc. And, I was able to tell that one of the images, a landscape, was manipulated so that the scene couldn’t have looked that way. I left thinking that I have a long way to go, but I’m learning!

So, today I decided to take a bold step and try my old, non automatic/auto focus, 52 mm lens on my D3100. I truly didn’t know how to get it working until I was told to put the camera on manual! I took it outside to shoot my favorite rose. I did get it to work, figuring out how to control the ISO and F-stop, but I couldn’t find how to control the shutter speed. Then I put my 18 – 55 mm kit lens on and tried to use it on manual. I’m happy that I was able to figure out how to maneuver the f-stop and ISO, but again the shutter speed was a problem. I am posting un-edited images of both. If you can help me, please do. What I’ve learned so far has been on my own through tutorials, books and photographer help.¬†


2 thoughts on “Getting bold

  1. Going to groups like that can be good, they can also be soul destroying, so tread lightly. I tend not to have anything to do with them, I was a member of a camera club once and it almost destroyed me and almost turned me off photography forever. It is good to try things and experiment though.


    1. Leanne, thanks for the heads up. I won’t be showing anything soon to that group. When I go back, I hope to learn. I was quite intimidated when I first walked in, but the others explained processes when I asked questions. In Toastmasters, we have an evaluation process. Through that process, we grow as speakers. You learn what advice to take and what not to take. The last guy who posted photos while I was there was questioned about why he printed them in color and so small. The others had done infrared or monochrome. He replied that he liked them better in color and printed them smaller because he was working with a new camera and had the ISO high. I liked the color images and their size. So the whole thing is subjective!


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