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Sunday, February 26, 2012

I have a confession to make!

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I know I've told you all about my basement photography class and how much I'm enjoying it, but there's something else I should tell you. Something I need to confess.....

I am the worst photographer in the whole class!

I am the worst photographer in the whole basement!

My true confession is that.....I don't care! I'm having fun!

Every Saturday we get the photos we took during the week critiqued and today it was determined that I was in the class to serve as a bad example. At one point the instructor asked why I took a certain picture and I replied with an honest "I don't know!" That reply lead to him asking "What do you mean you don't know?" Once again I honestly replied by saying, "Have you met me?" lol!

The instructor made it clear during the first week of class that everything we did was do be done in the manual setting and we had to write down what white balance, ISO, aperture and shutter speed we used. After seeing my pictures today, he told me to go to the automatic settings from now on. I guess being the worst has advantages....now I get to let the camera do all the hard work for me. lol!

After sitting through the rest of my very long and painful critique I announced to everyone that I have now shown them what NOT to do and that I expect all of their pictures to be better next week. Being helpful feels so good. lol!

I was a little sad after class, but a couple of margaritas at lunch cleared that right up!

Now, I'm going to share my less than perfect photos with you. Critique away! Just remember that you'll have to think long and hard to come up with an insult that I didn't already hear today.




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The instructor asked why I took this picture...



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I loved this photo. I mean, come on! It's a plastic Jesus statue with a broken thumb in the middle of the woods with an old beat up red truck in the background. I was told that I totally missed the shot because the truck added nothing to the photo...



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I did get told that this picture "could" have been good if the Christmas light had been lit. Sorry, I don't control the outdoor lights at Cauley Square...



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Now, I'm going to sleep so that I can go out and take some more bad pictures tomorrow. lol!

18 comments:

  1. I think there are lots of reasons that the red truck should be in the shot... Your teacher just isn't creative enough to see it and sounds like they don't think outside the box at all. : ) I'm so glad you are able to laugh it off. Have a great week Ginger.

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  2. I have to tell you that one of the best parts of posting for "free digital stamps" is keeping your blog up so I can listen to your music. I bounce around in my chair as I look for other digi's. So thanks for the free digi's and the wonderful music.

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  3. No....I am....lol.
    Anyways, thanks for the wordart!
    Laura

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  4. OMG..you are so funny! Your one with the red truck made me LOL. Hey, not just anyone could have gotten that photo! I like the one with the lamp post with the tree limbs far away in the background and you got the nice blurred effect with the christmas light one. The statue one is pretty cool like she's leading you down the path. Don't take the criticism too hard. Honestly, art can be anything and photography is art. Tell him you are an artist and he just needs too look harder to see your perspective. Have fun Ginger and keep it up.

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  5. Thank you! Wonderful sentiment.

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  6. This is just too funny because I can relate! I also took a photography class only to find out I suck at taking pictures! Now when someone asks "why did you take that picture?".....I answer with "Why not!" LOL....anyway I love your pictures!

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  7. You should have taken some 'creative licensing' and told him that the truck was meant to be in the picture. It actually looks like Jesus is watching over the driver saying "go in peace".

    You just have to remember that his opinion on your work is just that, HIS opinion. Doesn't mean others won't appreciate your work. I mean hey, if I was Picasso's teacher he would have flunked. lol

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  8. I love love your red truck picture! Your instructor really doesn't get it, it's very clever!!! Learning the techie side of photography is great (wish I could) but at the end of the day it's an art form and you have bags full of creativity so I say go to top of the class!
    Diane
    P.s. thanks for part 29

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  9. Thanks for sharing such a true sentiment.
    Jocelan

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  10. You're so funny! I don't he gets you - that's all!
    Thanks for the freebies.
    ML
    Mississauga ON

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  11. Ginger, you always make me smile. Your instructor is showing you how not to be a teacher!! I agree with the others...photography is an art and not everyone appreciates your art. I am glad you are happy with your results. That is why I love digital photos...you can delete any you don't love. I have taken some WHY??photos and they were just stunning. Keep up the good work. We appreciate your efforts because we can relate. Have a wonderful week.

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  12. Thanks for the great word art. I really enjoy keeping up with your blog. Keep up the good work.

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  13. As a professional photographer the only 'advice' I can give you is that photography is a 'personal experience.' If it pleases you, it doesn't HAVE to please anybody else. If you are satisfied with the results, who cares what anybody else thinks!

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  14. Thanks for sharing! I think you did fine with your photos.

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  15. Evidentally he missed the day they taught that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I got a DSLR last year and it has been quite a learning curve to learn what it can do. I find that practice is the only way to get better. I must say that I forget from time to time what settings I used, but luckily I can find that out when I download the pics. I have also found some great photography sites where they offer online classes. I'm not sure if I could go through having everyone critique my work. Too many people suffer from the idea that their opinion is the only one that matters..

    Thanks for the great images and also letting us eavesdrop into your life. I always enjoy visiting!

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  16. OMG I love your stories!!! So funny!! I love your pictures!! I think they were great! It is only HIS opinion remember that!! Have a GREAT week!!!
    HUGS, Heidi

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