Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Creative Space


 For the past week, my creative space has been primarily in my head -- lots of ideas and lots of living and soaking up experiences. However, one thing that's more concrete and creatively satisfying has been figuring out my 5+ year-old digital camera a bit more.  For the longest time I've been convinced that if I bought a new camera, all of my photography woes would be solved.  I subscribe to the Etsy newsletter (though I have yet to set up my Etsy shop....) and again and again I've read about studying one's camera (and camera manual) and learning to take better photos.  Well, through much much experimentation, I finally feel as though my old camera and I are getting to know one another a bit better.  I'm even growing rather attached.  You could say we're becoming friends. 

This evening I took a walk through the meadow behind our home here as the sun set and a thunderstorm gathered; along the walk (which ends in my great-grandfather's apple orchard) I also took a few photos.  I'm getting to the point of liking the photos my camera and I take even without any editing (aside from a little cropping.)  Huge progress!  And fun to boot.   I won't be replacing this camera anytime soon.  Isn't it satisfying to learn to work with what you've got rather than rush out and buy the latest new-fangled thing?  I feel like I get this reminder all the time: everything I need, I already have.


Check out many other creative spaces here, on Kootoyoo.  Always a pleasure.....

9 comments:

Amber said...

It's so true! I think I might have to sit down with our manual (if I can find it) and practise taking photos too - I'm never happy with the ones I take.

Bianca said...

Stunning. Really really stunning.

xB

Ange said...

Yes, I've been using my camera for purely pointandshoot since I got it, and I just knoooow it can do so much more. Must find that manual ...

wild roses grow said...

Really beautiful photos- I especially love the one at the top. It's gorgeous - she looks like a Greek goddess! And those shots in the meadow, too - looks like you've got a pretty great 'backyard'..

Seedling said...

Thank you all for the encouraging words! I've only just cracked the manual - - I'm stunned by how much my simple old camera can do! Not the most scintillating summer reading, but well worth it. xx

Seedling said...

P.S. I should also say that the first photo was actually taken by my husband, Jake. And that's me! At 5'2" it is very very rare that I get compared to a Greek goddess, so thank you! That comment made my day... :)

Angie said...

this is a good reminder to find my camera manual, your meadow photos are stunning

Cadi said...

Have I already told you that it arrived & it's gorgeous??? :-)

Seedling said...

Cadi, thank you -- that's fantastic! I really hope your babe enjoys wearing the Welcome Swallow. I'm so happy that you're pleased with the print. xo