If Spring is the perfect time to gather and press flowers, Fall is surely the best time to gather and press leaves. I was hoping to have more of a variety but this is a good start. The only one not written is the last, a Japanese Maple. And I’m not sure what the leaf is in the first photo, we have a lot of them around here but I never figured out what they are.
I’ve been wanting to do this post featuring some photography tips for quite a while but kept putting it off because I felt as I was still too much of a newbie to be offering any advice. But then I realized I’ll probably always be learning and there is nothing wrong with sharing what I’ve learned so far. So I want to clarify that this not some expert offering premium advice, just a gal who has been experimenting for many years.
Back in 2009, after a long time scrimping and saving, I bought a refurbished, “already-outdated” Canon Rebel XTi. Over the years, having an older camera never really bothered me because I often preferred the blurry or grainy look of some photos—the ones that looked like they were found in a shoe box full of old memories. I also didn’t—and don’t—believe in running out to get the latest gadget because the manufacturer moves one button and adds a couple megapixels and shames you into thinking the one you bought last year is obsolete. But after borrowing my brother’s T2i (now already 3 years old) earlier this year, I realized digital photography took some strides in the four year gap between our cameras and I longed for an upgrade.
I tend to use titles for the sake of convenience. Just like with Artist, Seamstress, Gardener and many other titles, I always hesitate before calling myself a Photographer. I sure don’t feel like a photographer, just someone who is having fun learning how to take pictures. People think I know a lot about cameras and photography, but honestly, I don’t. I’ve simply taken pictures every single day since getting a DSLR camera in 2009. Every. Single. Day. But I am still learning things, even basic things. (Which may just mean I am a slow learner…)
Some people consider a photographer to be someone who takes a perfect technical photo, where all the settings are just right. Other people think photographers are those who tell a story or evoke a feeling through a picture, regardless of it’s technical quality. I tend side with the latter camp but I think a happy medium is where I want to be. You have to learn to crawl before you can run.
I’m not a brand-loyal person with too many things but I guess I would now consider myself a Canon Girl. I had a Canon A640 for the three years before my XTi. And I use my Grandfather’s old Canon AE-1 film camera. When I decided to get a DSLR, Canon just made sense (plus as far as refurbished/used options, the Canon was more in my price range.)
Like I said earlier, I really don’t feel like the most qualified person to be sharing tips and advice. But I have learned a few things (mostly through trial and error) over the years and maybe, jut maybe, they are things that you could benefit from. If you are interested in some articles filled with tips from photographers who really know what they are talking about, check out my Pinterest board on the subject. In the meantime, here is a hodgepodge of tips and lessons learned, both technical and design oriented, general and personal opinions:
The internet is a big wide place and there is so much more info out there. But the best way to learn is by doing.
What tips or tricks do you have for digital photography?
Here we are, in October now. Already.
The garden this time of year is rather bittersweet.
Later this week, I’ll share the second part of my seed saving adventure and should have a free printable for you.
Good morning. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was very productive—amazing what all you can get done when you stay away from screens. I’ll be sharing some of those adventures soon. But these photos are from a perfectly perfect late-summer morning in the garden last week, when the dew was still on the leaves, a fading coolness in the air as the sun crept up over the trees, the sunflowers in bloom, the morning glory such an amazing shade of purple and Nigella keeping me company (and photo-bombing a few shots.)
My goal that morning was to pick basil and parsley. For many days, I’d been telling myself that I need to make some pesto and process some parley to freeze but the days and all their busyness went on and I kept putting the tasks off. Finally I figured if they were picked and brought into the house, I’d be forced to deal with it all at some point that day. And it worked. It was my first time making pesto, and most of it was frozen in tablespoon size servings but a little was thrown into a fresh veggie tomato sauce for dinner that night. (Thread and Ladle has a nice primer in making pesto here—love the idea of thinking outside the box and using other greens besides basil.)
Have a wonderful Monday,
Despite what goes in our life, it feel like we always manage to eat like kings. Here is some of the food being made in the kitchen (or outside) lately.
First up, yesterday was Red Cabbage Day around here. I didn’t take many photos of the process but you can see last year’s RC Day photos in this post. We had about 24 heads this year and froze around 40 quart bags. I also started a small crock of sauerkraut.
(Sunday dinner was a venison roast and corn bread cooked out on the fire as well as mashed potatoes, green beans and, of course, the red cabbage.)
I experimented with an almond flour flat bread/cracker. It’s just almond flour, ground flax seeds, salt and water. I want to try it again but perhaps with some herbs thrown in for a little more kick. (I’m in the market for some super simple wheat free alternatives to breads, crackers and things. I’m not wheat or gluten free myself, but I like the idea of mixing it up with different “flours.” I just don’t want to have to stock the pantry with a dozen different “flours” just to make one recipe. There is a simple coconut flour bread I want to try out.)
A while back, I made this Peach Carrot Bread from Delightfully Tacky. I cut the sugar down to 3/4 cup because our peaches were super sweet and bread is more versatile than cake. (Then it counts as a quick breakfast, right!?) It made two loaves and only took about 45 minutes. Overall: delicious.
I also made zucchini bread recently. My recipe was from an old Betty Crocker cookbook (very close to this but I used butter and cut back on the sugar.) I’d like to try out these healthier muffins from Thread and Ladle but need to restock some of the ingredients first.
Pretty soon we need to harvest and pickle our beets and I still need to get around to making pesto. I’m also in the mood for an elderflower dessert to use some of the syrup I made this summer, like this, this or (especially) this.
What’s been going on in your kitchen lately?
Here are some my favorites from the second roll of film I had developed. As with all of my film photography here on the blog, these are completely untouched by the likes of Photoshop*. These were taken in June with expired 400 ISO film and a manual focus 50mm lens on an old Canon AE-1. I learned this camera was bought 33 years ago. I came across my Grandfather’s original receipt from a local photography place. As you can see, it was quite a purchase for 1980 but it’s still in use and still taking beautiful photos. (Like this one that didn’t make the cut to be featured here but is worth showing for the clarity possible when I’m luckily enough to find just the right settings!) Extra frames can be found at my set on Flickr.
*Except to make a mosaic of four double exposures I took as seen in the last image.
I recently had two rolls of film developed. As with all of my film photography here on the blog, these are completely untouched by the likes of Photoshop. Normally my film photos are all taken with a Canon AE-1 but for this particular roll, I borrowed my Dad’s old Yashica 300. Either there is something wrong with the camera or this particular roll because all photos came back half black, as seen. Regardless, I’m still smitten with the prints and am trying to see the error as an interesting factor in the photos. Here are some of my favorite frames.