week one, day one... here we go

by Marjorie Mcdonald June. 21, 2012 6811 views

I'm taking part in an online photography mentorship program being hosted on Google +. I'm not in the core group, but I'm in the auditing group, so we follow along with the assignments. According to the fellow running the program:

"This is a Mentorship program on Seeing. It's about “what” we see , and “how” we see it. I want to share with you a way to approach your photography with new eyes. I want you to begin to see with intention and with curiosity. To communicate what you are seeing and feeling, and bring it into your photographs."

So this first assignment is to shoot in Auto mode for the week and concentrate on framing. Stop, look, reframe, lather, rinse, repeat. He goes into detail about why… but idk…

My instant thought is OMG NOOOOO , what about my DoF? What about metering, what about exposure, what about the damned flash! What about… oh hell, what about my creativity? I hope I can do this.

Focus on framing. Its going to have to become a mantra.


The very first shot I took after reading the assignment from the photography mentorship program I'm following. I haven't shot all day, so I'm literally sitting at my desk right now, with my camera. I had the jar of coins for my trip to Astoria… I was going to roll them up because its full…. and I thought, hey, lets take some shots and see what happens. Shit. The flash. Full auto. NOT happy about that.

I had to play around with the other auto settings to find one the didn't use a flash… I shot this in Program mode, and turned off the damned flash. Not bad DoF either, and I could at least control the focus points.

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Ivar 7 years, 9 months ago

Think of it as improving your creativity with a temporary setback... Polish each aspect until you perfect them all! :)
good luck!
ps. the second shot looks pretty cool! :) i like the light in it!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Leslie D 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm a firm believer in that we should never stop learning and looking at things anew.
As you stop and think, you will learn much from this I'm sure!

And oh....lol at your text!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 9 months ago

Hahahaha, funny you!!!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 7 years, 9 months ago

very cool!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lubyofthelake 7 years, 9 months ago

PS...don't worry about your creativity...nothing can kill that! :)

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lubyofthelake 7 years, 9 months ago

I LOVE the 2nd one!
I can see how this type of thing may drive you nuts....but in another way, sometimes by doing something menial over and over...you do gain something...I am thinking a la Karate Kid....wax on....wax off....lol...now there's a mantra!
Would love to know more about this program...

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sã©Rgio 7 years, 9 months ago

nice shots

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 7 years, 9 months ago

Isn't Photography "Fun" !! Nice Shot !! Here's my take in camera world "If you never mess up, you never learn what not to do ". I live this all the time !!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 7 years, 9 months ago

Have a good moments ;)

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mark 7 years, 9 months ago

I like the results on the second shot! Artistic angle and cool DOF look! Relax OHHMM only a week OHHMM!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Felecia Eby 7 years, 9 months ago

LMAO! You're so funny! I really do like that first shot though. YOU CAN DO IT MARJORIE!!!!! It's only for a week at least.
I'm sure you noticed I ignored your text yesterday.... there was a reason for that

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 9 months ago

Ha ha... photography is supposed to be FUN... this sounds like torture!!! Good luck any way... I admire you taking this on! I'll be interested to hear how it goes!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
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