Warren Mitchell's "Beyond the Basics" photography class met again last night. This week's assignment was to take photographs of patterns. Though I've learned a lot about photography during the past week, I didn't feel my photographs of patterns turned out especially well. It's difficult to take good photographs of patterns. Still, I liked these:
I love the bright red wall in the photo of the gas meter: it's the side of the Les Schwab tire store in Canby. I need to determine how far the red extends so that I can use it as a background for future photographs. I also like the photo of the old car, Sputnik. Perhaps Virginia can comment on its history, since she and my Uncle Stan used to own the vehicle. (Technically, they probably still do own it.) Also: I suspect that many readers of this weblog spent long hours near those yellow walls -- how many of you recognize the location?
While Warren looked through my photos, I mentioned that I'd just acquired a 20mm wide-angle lens and a 105mm macro lens. "Ah, you've caught the bug," he said.
Warren continued to look through the class' pictures, giving advice on how to improve our compositions. He recommends carrying a ladder in order to alter the camera's point-of-view. He recommends carrying clippers in order to remove unwanted leaves and branches. He recommends carrying various filters to alter the color cast of the exposure, portable reflectors to enhance lighting, a spritz bottle to dampen certain subjects. Photography is not a hobby for somebody on a budget.
"You're trying to get me to spend more money, aren't you, Warren?" I said. "How can I afford all that?"
"Get a second job," he replied.
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On this day at foldedspace.org
2007 — Cats on Film In which I videotape the cats as they wander around the yard.
2006 — Thai Yum In which I share recipes for Thai Tuna Salad and Myang Kham, two of my favorite Thai foods.
2005 — Best Hot Chocolate Ever In which I share the recipe for Jeffrey Steingarten's chocolat chaud. Yum.
2004 — The Decemberists (Live in Concert) In which I accompany Paul and Tom to see The Decemberists perform. In which Paul has trouble remembering the name of a former girlfriend.
2002 — Best Hearts Game Ever In which Kris, Mac, Pam, and I play a marathon game of Hearts and have a blast! (Those were the days.)