Friday, August 31, 2012


When I first started pictures years ago in the fifth grade, I was taking pictures with 35mm film in a little Kodak Brownie camera similar to the one in this link.

Obviously, photography has come a long way since those early beginnings of my photography hobby. If you haven't been able to tell from my blog so far, I really love to take pictures.

Last year, I was able to purchase a 'real' camera. A Nikon D3100 with 2 lenses. What a treat this has been for me! I have been told that in order to really be creative in my photography ability, I need to learn how to shoot in manual mode. Manual mode? So intimidating!

So last week, with a day to spare, I was able to enroll in a photography class! This was the chance I was looking for. Of course, I could read through books and manuals to try to learn more on my own, but the instructor for this class will be giving us feedback on our photos.

Last night, we were given an assignment to take pictures of water with a slow shutter speed and in a fast shutter speed. Too bad we didn't have a trip to Yosemite planned over the next few days! :o)

So, the kids and I headed over to a place with a nice water feature. Here is what I was able to capture:

 1/250s, f/9.0, iso 250

 1/5s, f/29.0, iso 100
 1/250s, f/14.0, iso 100
 1/10s, f/25.0, iso 100
1/160s, f/9.0, iso 100
I cheated on the last photo. The first four photos here I did shoot in manual mode. However, the last one with the barn in the background, I did shoot it in landscape mode.
So, now to keep trying these settings out and wait for next week's homework assignment! :o)


  1. We got a "real" camera this year, too, and we've had fun learning. My husband understands it all better than I do, so he plays around in manual mode more. I tend to take a pictures in auto mode, then take the same picture in manual mode. Almost always, the auto mode picture is better ! : ) I would LOVE to take a class to learn more.

    1. Since I love taking snapshots of my kids, I fear missing those shots while in manual. You always hate to tell the kids, 'wait, I need to do that again', then auto comes in so handy!

      At least with digital, we are not wasting film! Give manual a try every now and then, you may like what you see... :o)

  2. wow, those are beautiful. I have just fallen in love with pics of beautiful places. Amazing. Great pics.

    I see you are doing the Compassion Blog month too.... I am a bit nervous as I have just joined the Compassion Bloggers. I do love Compassion though.

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.


    1. Thanks Teena!

      Congratulations on joining Compassion Bloggers! Don't be nervous! Just have fun this month posting from your heart... :o)

  3. These are lovely, you have a real talent! Also a Compassion blogger, look forward to reading your posts! blessings!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kathleen! :o)


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