So far, my best photos are flowers and bark. Trying HARD to add architecture to that. I've read Adams' "Camera and Lens" and Pederson's "Understanding Exposure". There is a composition book on its way in the library system.
Did a flower shoot, today. Great stuff!
REALLY want to graduate to portatraiture. The Rembrandt look! Chiarrusco! The butterfly!
I like beer. There's an awesome beer store in my town, "Kenny's Grocery." Almost no groceries. Floor to ceiling micro brewery beers. Photos of HARD women athletes. Opposite to that is the Aug 2013 issue of NPhoto, and Dougie Wallace's "Hen Parties". Somewhere in the middle is where I'd like to be.
Many moons ago, they told us, in Boy Scouts, to consider ALL mushrooms poisonous. The poisonous ones are so poisonous that you can't get to help fast enough to save yourself. Leave it to the experts to tell you which are safe. There are some that look very similar to safe ones that will kill you graveyard dead.
I have no problem with image quality. My issue is composition. I see some of these pictures in NPhoto, Shutterbug, Digital Photo, etc, and it makes my heart skip a beat. I feel er jealous, I guess.
But then, I don't havce the kilobucks it takes to just drive through the Arizona desert, or tour Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Catskills, the Gobi Desert, Tonga, the Matto Grosso, the Pampas, the Karoo, India. One photo of a Scottish waterfsall, late in the day. No people. But such drama. A photo of a wrecked wooden boat on the coast of a Norwegian island. Black and white. Could stare at it for hours.
Some of these advertising photos are stoppers, too. Reading Petersen, I see some of the tricks, now, but it still looks great.
Driving to a used camera store, today, I passed a large pond/small lake. Lots of material. Don't know if the wooded land on one side is a park, or jealously guarded private property. I guess, just go there and start shooting.
"Sometimes, it is easier to beg forgivenenss than to ask permission." George Patton.
I don't have image upload priveleges, so I'll upload to Photobucket and post links. Besides, then, you get larger pictures.
There are interesting subjects all around us. Most of us drive or even walk by them every day but since we are concentrating on getting to our destination (safely) we don't "see" them. If you get a chance, have someone else drive and look around while sitting in the passenger seat. You will be surprised at what you see but never noticed before.