Saturday, March 02, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday2: Losing Focus

Photography was a lot more fun before I knew stuff.

In the beginning, I just set my little Canon Powershot G9 on Program or a preset and snapped away at whatever caught my eye. The occasional lucky shot was enough to keep me happy.

These days, I try so much harder and accomplish so much less. I get frustrated and discouraged by focus that's never sharp enough, exposure that's never quite right, "The Shot" that happens a split second too soon or too late or too far away.

So I decided to put away the DSLR for a while, dust off the G9, and get back in touch with my dumb old snap-happy self.

Sleet Street 3

I took the camera to work, shooting from the car at snow-covered roads, tail lights after dark, trees, whatever. No effort at all, just literally point-and-shoot. Predictably, the results were mostly garbage. But since I was just playing, the results didn't matter; anything good was a nice surprise.

I did like this one of the parking lot at the office, taken through my sleet-covered side window.

Sleet Street 2

I experimented with it in Photoshop, cropping and straightening. In the first one, I tried adjusting the color. The second has an "artistic filter" applied, though I have forgotten which one.(Photoshop is still very much an unexplored territory for me.)

It's been a long time since I've actually enjoyed just taking pictures. I plan to do a lot more of it.

Sleet Street

See More Shadowy Goodness at Shadow Shot Sunday 2.


Sylvia K said...

I love your shots for the day! I know what you mean about struggling with the camera and the results!! I'm still such a novice, but I do have fun, and for me, that's all that matters!! Hope your weekend is going well!

Ralph said...

Photography can be fun - as long as we don't make it so gather the scene that is before us so we can remember it is the lure o why we do it. I am not a professional, so a point and shoot works for me. You should be happy as now the simple pleasures of taking the shot as you see it is back. Nice nighttime rainy pictures!

Norma Ruttan said...

I guess not taking my photo-art too seriously is why I still enjoy it. I realize that I'll make a living of it or win awards, but that's okay.
I love these shots! Other bloggers have shown me that trying all kinds of perspective and having fun with what one gets at the end. The key advantage of a digital camera is not having to print photos to publish and...cherish.

robin. said...

the shots out the window great. you will find what you love is always changing...growing.

Paula Scott said...

It should be fun! Good for you with getting back to fun! Try www.pickmokey to do photo editing in. Very easy and quick. I often use it.
nice shots!

Gemma Wiseman said...

So love these photos! They remind me of Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night" - updated photo version! Delightful!

LV said...

I am not photographer, and you are being too hard on yourself. All these shots are excellent work to me.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Quite an art actually!

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean - I shoot with G9 even if we have two other cameras. With G9 I can take macros which is not possible with other cameras.
Great shots you got!
Happy Sunday!

MyMaracas said...

Thanks, all, for the tea and sympathy, and for your kind and encouraging words. You guys keep me going.

Daryl said...

you are always so hard on yourself ... take the DSLR and set it to P ... and go enjoy yourself .. i always shoot in that mode and honestly i am rarely disappointed ...