sn.aperture: learning the lens, pt. 1

Wow, I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted. Life has been quite hectic, being overwhelmingly consumed with working odd hours, and fitting in wedding planning in between. As a 99% D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) bride, my free moments aren't so "free" anymore, but are chock-full of crafting, contacting, consulting, and coordinating. So instead of bombarding the blog with washi tape patterns and crepe flower designs, I've been laying low a bit. Perhaps I will share some of my projects later if the spirit moves, but who knows?

Though the wedding has been keeping me busy, life hasn't been all work and no play. Max and I have been spending weekends enjoying the summer weather, having fun and eating good food! During the week, I have also been working on a very exciting project. Thanks to an awesome Groupon deal a few months back, a newly procured Canon T2i, and the adult art classes offered by The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, I have been able to delve into the wonderful world of digital photography.

Though I've been winding 35mm film cassettes and pointing-and-shooting since childhood, I was very intimidated by the digital SLR. No longer could the auto setting or macro flower save me! But after my first class, I was excited about that and welcomed the change with an open shutter.

Au revoir, ma petite fleur!
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Our instructor and professional photographer, Amanda Meyer, encouraged us to blog our work as we go along. So, for the next few weeks I will be cataloging the results of my weekly lesson, and will hopefully see improvement and progression as time goes on.

Practicing aperture adjustment and depth-of-field manipulation
Wouldn't be an outing without yummy food!
f/3.5, 1/40 s

f/3.5, 1/40 s

 Max loves his iPhone
f/3.5, 1/30 s

Focus on the bright orange watch strap
f/3.5, 1/30 s

Fast shutter speeds to freeze a moving subject
Caught mid-air!
f/4.5, 1/500 s

Motion blur from a slow shutter speed combined with panning the camera 
(one of my favorite effects so far!)
f/5.6, 1/8 s

...and again!
f/5.6, 1/30 s
Until next time, I'll be playing with my toy!


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