Photo Play

Time for another edition of “Let’s Criticize the Hell Out of My Amateur Photographs!” In this update, I fail to capture the industrial feel of IKEA (I know, how could you manage to fail at that, right?).  So if you’ve got time, you can help me, another human being, in her hour of need, develop her technical expertise and get better at capturing the world around her. Enjoy!

IKEA - The Land of Swedish Happiness


I have this idea for a new project where we criticize the hell out of my photographic efforts. I mean really, if you don’t criticize someone how can you possibly expect them to learn? (keep in mind I’m just a girl with a desire and a humble point and shoot camera. I’m working within my limitations because all the the photographers I know keep saying it’s not the camera it’s the photographer blah blah blah…)

For instance, I took these shots during the week at the local Anthropologie store (and also learned a valuable lesson about charging the camera more often) and I don’t feel like I got the shot I was looking for, but I’m not sure I know what to try differently…

So, I like the door framing and texture of number 1, but somehow the shot seems to lack a focal point.

Number 2 captures the whole of the elements, but lacks depth.

Number 3 & 4 show better the way the plants spiral around, but there’s something off with the angle.


Anyone care to offer a suggestion before I go back for another try at this shot? I love that I learn something with every shot I take, so go ahead, take a shot at the shot…Help a girl out :-)

Come Out, Come Out, Whereever You Are!

So I haven’t written for about a week or more…at least not on the computer. I have found that I’ve been writing longhand in the notebooks a fair bit, but as far as the blog…well, it’s about filtering. I’ve been doing a lot of it. How personal am I willing to be?  I’m not of much use when it comes to chatting about insignificancies like weather and the like. So I have had to really grapple with how revealing I am willing to be and need to be to be able to write anything at all, especially since I have come to know some of the people that read my blog – all 13 of you. Losing your sense of anonymity is always a challenge to how or if you put filters in place. I leave a lot out of my blog, but there has been a lot going on and I want to write about it, but do I?…So, I am really working that over right now.

Additionally, I have had a pretty major dental issue going on and it turns out that my ability to organize sentences is hampered by antibiotics and pain pills.  I still don’t feel even remotely well, but in time I’ll get there.

So, more to come. I’m finally feeling like I could string 3 words together here. In the meantime, here’s a little eye candy for y’all.

Brian Matiash - Staten Island series

Do yourself a visual solid and go visit Brian Matiash Photography for more wonderfulness like this.  It’s beyond amazing.