May 09, 2006

Less is more...

Less is more was our class assignment this week. It was really hard for some reason... I guess cause I love to fill up a frame with an image. I had a really tough time trying to find a subject that would only take up 1/3 of the frame and still be interesting, but it was good to stretch.

I've been feeling really frustrated with my class lately. It feels like the more I learn, the less I know. *laugh* But about halfway through class as Mitch was rattling off camera jargon, I realized that I knew a lot about what he was talking about... flash back to my first class and I sat there thinking it was all gibberish. So I'm getting there slowly.

I know I'm too hard on myself, I always have been, gotta learn to enjoy making mistakes because I learn so much more from them.

So here's my pics. What do you think??
This is me playing with depth of field again... so much fun.
And then of course there is this monster... I wake up to this face every day. :)In other news, I'm going to be sending out a GoVegan.net update in a few days so if you're not on the mailing list and want to be... send me an e-mail and I'll put you on the list.

12 comments:

KleoPatra said...

That is a very special photo of your dog. I LOVE THAT SHOT!!!

Jamie said...

That is a lovely pic of Fergus. Regarding your comment about the mroe you learn, the less you know, one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, has a lovely quote about the subject:

"As humans, we have invented lots of useful kinds of lie. As well as lies-to-children ("as much as they can understand") there are lies-to-bosses ("as much as they need to know") lies-to-patients ("they won't worry about what they don't know") and, for all sorts of reasons, lies-to-ourselves.

Lies-to-children is simply a prevalent and necessary kind of lie. Universities are very familiar with bright, qualified school-leavers who arrive and then go into shock on finding that biology or physics isn't quite what they've been taught so far. "Yes, but you needed to understand _that_," they are told, "so that _now_ we can tell you why it isn't exactly _true_." Discworld teachers know this, and use it to demonstrate why universities are truly storehouses of knowledge: students arrive from school confident that they know very nearly everything, and they leave years later certain that they know practically nothing. Where did the knowledge go in the meantime? Into the university, of course, where it is carefully dried and stored." [The Science of Discworld].

Jamiex

Holly said...

I think your photo is an excellent example of 'less is more'... you didn't take a pic of the whole flower, just enough to suggest that is what it is. The composition is beautiful, and the depth of field is fantastic. Kudos!

P.S. not all monsters are bad ;-)

wolffie said...

I studied photography on my own for a while, and I love it when you can get that depth of field thing going. The picture of Fergus is a classic!

Kramers said...

Oooo... that first one was exactly what I was looking for on a Mothers Day card the other day.
I found a nice one- but that one would have been much lovelier.

Nice work.

Kramers said...

What are the costs involved to be in this class. For all of the developing/printing/processing etc...
Is it a really good chink of cash- even after the cost of registering for the class??

catswym said...

i think the first one is still quite a bit of stuff. you're still seeing nearly all of the flower part of the flower and the background, tho fuzzy is "stuff".

i think the fergus one is excellent tho--the rest of the field is white and you only get a hint of his face. nice.

Wildmindgirl said...

I love your depth of field pic of the fence; and the one of Fergus is truly magazine quality. Of COURSE you're going to do well in Photography; you have an artists eye...it's almost a given. I'm excited to see more of your work over time. I'm sitting here in Troy, Michigan (on business away from our Seattle home for 3 months) and waiting and waiting and waiting for your new book to get to me---I ordered it like whole DAYS ago. I'm sad to say that your other 2 books are packed away in storage in Seattle until, sadly, August. So thank you for writing a new book just so that I could order one to be here with me! (uhummm) Every day I go to the front desk "Any books come for me? Any books??" I can't wait to get ahold of it. I found your site this week and have spent days laughing over it. Thanks for all the fun and all the learning. Love Sarah Kramer!

Wildmindgirl said...

I love your depth of field pic of the fence; and the one of Fergus is truly magazine quality. Of COURSE you're going to do well in Photography; you have an artists eye...it's almost a given. I'm excited to see more of your work over time. I'm sitting here in Troy, Michigan (on business away from our Seattle home for 3 months) and waiting and waiting and waiting for your new book to get to me---I ordered it like whole DAYS ago. I'm sad to say that your other 2 books are packed away in storage in Seattle until, sadly, August. So thank you for writing a new book just so that I could order one to be here with me! (uhummm) Every day I go to the front desk "Any books come for me? Any books??" I can't wait to get ahold of it. I found your site this week and have spent days laughing over it. Thanks for all the fun and all the learning. Love Sarah Kramer!

Wildmindgirl said...

I love your depth of field pic of the fence; and the one of Fergus is truly magazine quality. Of COURSE you're going to do well in Photography; you have an artists eye...it's almost a given. I'm excited to see more of your work over time. I'm sitting here in Troy, Michigan (on business away from our Seattle home for 3 months) and waiting and waiting and waiting for your new book to get to me---I ordered it like whole DAYS ago. I'm sad to say that your other 2 books are packed away in storage in Seattle until, sadly, August. So thank you for writing a new book just so that I could order one to be here with me! (uhummm) Every day I go to the front desk "Any books come for me? Any books??" I can't wait to get ahold of it. I found your site this week and have spent days laughing over it. Thanks for all the fun and all the learning. Love Sarah Kramer!

Sarah's Blog said...

Kramers
The course is only $250. There is no cost for developing/printing/processing etc because I'm shooting digital and we bring our digital images to class for critique.

Jane M said...

I would like to join the Fergus Kramer fan club please!