Sunday, November 20, 2011

Charlie's Ramblings (27) Photography.. from an amateur's POV

I've always been interested in Photography, maybe more so as an amateur than going hard out and doing courses and stuff.  So when a work colleague told me about the Canon Competition, I thought I'd give my Olympus a workout and see what I came up with.

The only thing the photo had to include was an umbrella.  So here are some of my attempts.  Don't worry I probably don't intend on using these.   Well I'm pretty sure I won't.

Experiment 1:  
Dogs and Umbrellas

Funny.  I do remember reading somewhere that it is hard to work with Kids and Pets.  They aren't wrong.  Mischief seemed to be the only one that would sit still long enough to get a half decent shot.  Chet on the other hand, well, she doesn't like electronics.  lol.  I was also playing with the Soft Focus filter on my Olympus Pen E-PM1.


 Before Shot!

I must admit, she was a good girl!

(Also if the name rings a bell, it's probably because I named her after the Bernie and Chet Mystery crime novels lol.  Dog on It is the first one if you are interested.  It's told from the dog's POV.  Quite entertaining!)

 Before she realized what I was holding.

 Ha!  Cornered.  Yeah, she didn't like that.  It might also have to do with the fact that I sticky taped that blasted umbrella to her head to make it stay hehe.  Whatever works right?

These last two shots were the best of the lot, and that was saying something lol

Experiment 2:

Plants and Landscape 
(At least they can't move)

Playing with the Pop Art Filter

 I spent five minutes trying to get his little fella on top of the leaf.  In the end I helped it along.  I wish I had waited.  It probably would have made for a better shot.  I don't have a macro lense but am thinking about investing in one.  Oh yeah.  I got distracted. No umbrellas in this shot lol.

And last shot for now.  Playing with colour.

So, as you can tell I've spent more time playing with my new camera than actually writing or reading.  It's not that I don't want to do those other things, but I find the creativity surges with a camera in hand.  Plus you can share the result alot quicker than a novel or a review.

Lazyness?  Maybe.  Let me know what you think of my amateur photography?  Even if all else fails and I never send a pic in to the Competition, I had fun and I'm sure I can use some of the pics for brainstorming ideas ;)

Have a good night/morning!

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