#7SuperShots: Photos that I love, that mean something to me

There’s a new meme making its way around the blogosphere that is all about photos and I got tagged by Lara and Nicki. It was started by Hostel Bookers and they’ve created something that people want to share. (It’s getting their name out there in a big way, too.) So, I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots and at the end, I’m going to nominate five other bloggers to do the same! 

A photo that…takes my breath away

Though slightly blurry, I adore this picture. I don’t remember taking it or what was happening when I did. I only know that I accidentally caught a beautiful moment. 

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

There’s something about pure, unfettered childhood joy that is infectious, isn’t there? Who can look at this and not smile?

A photo that…makes me dream

Without ever having met them, Brandon loves his Florida and Tennessee cousins. This was his first time “meeting” his Florida cousins and he carried the pictures around for weeks. I dream of the day he gets to meet them face-to-face. 

A photo that…makes me think

I took this one with my iPhone one day as we were walking on this path. When I posted it to Facebook, I got a few comments about the symbolism of the path Brandon is on. This picture makes me think about what he’s like now and who he’ll grow into as he gets older. Will he continue to explore every little thing on the path ahead of him? What branches will spring up on his path and where will they lead? This picture makes me think about all the possibilities ahead for all of us.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Looks like a tasty treat to me! :) 

A photo that…tells a story

Brandon is so serious in this picture, but I’ll always remember what Matt was doing in the previous few shots. It made him laugh and it made me laugh too. As a group, those pictures tell the story of my husband’s quick sense of humor and complete lack of reverence for a great photo opportunity for his wife - all while holding a completely oblivious Brandon on his lap. That day was a good day.

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

This is the first photo I uploaded to Flickr (back in the days when I was actually using it) that got any attention. One of my friends pointed out the dew on the leaf and petals, which I hadn’t even noticed when I went out to take the picture. That was when I knew I wanted to start seeing things with a new, more detailed eye. I also figured out that I really enjoy shooting macro.

I started picking up my camera again this past weekend for the first time in quite a while and I remembered how much I enjoy trying to find great shots in everyday moments. I don’t have much time to spend on it, but I do want to make more of an effort to pick up my camera often enough that it doesn’t start collecting dust again.

Now, it’s your turn. What seven super shots will you share!? (I’m going to try to pick some bloggers who haven’t done this yet, but I’m not up-to-date on my blog reading this week!)

The rules were five, but jump right in! Consider yourself tagged, even if not by name and share your stories through pictures. If you do, be sure to share your post in the comments!

Unpaused

One thing I’m missing a lot has been taking pictures. I started a 365 back in September, but it was the first thing to go when I started feeling the pressure to get my next job settled.

Now it’s settled and I can resume my hobby. In fact, when it was a done deal, I immediately signed up for Anna Epp’s Rock Your Camera class that I attended last Saturday. And I finally learned how to use manual settings and what they mean.

I also now know what I want for Christmas. :)

So, one more pause button is being turned off. I’m starting back up my 365 this weekend with Day 37 where I left off. It’s been a long-time desire of mine to learn about photography, so resuming this project is something I’m looking forward to with great anticipation. Even more so after Anna’s class and learning the secrets of the “nifty fifty”.

365 days, 365 pictures - a challenge to learn

Picture this: Twenty (“gifted”) 11-year-olds. Twenty cameras - good 35mm cameras. Twenty rolls of black and white film. Twenty kids released into the wilds of the schoolyard to experiment with the cameras they each held.

That was about 22 years ago and that class was one of the most interesting classes I ever had a good fortune to take. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t carry much knowledge away with me. My family weren’t picture takers. We didn’t own a good camera - and many times didn’t have a camera at all. But that class sparked my interest. They even taught us how to develop our own film in there. 

Oh yes, I did leave off that part of the picture: Twenty 11-year-olds around photo processing chemicals and equipment. Fortunately, there weren’t any injuries - to kids or equipment.

Ever since that class, I’ve wanted a good camera. When my husband wanted to spend $800 on our first point and shoot 1.2 megapixel camera, I scrunched up my nose and asked if we could get a real camera - forget this digital stuff. Isn’t that what scanners are for?

In the end, I settled for the point and shoot, which we finally replaced last December with a DSLR (Canon Rebel XS) - no, not top of the line or even middle of the line. But it’s a good camera for me to learn on. Once I know how to use it perhaps I can make a case for a better camera if we ever need it. Besides, we’ve had this camera for about 9 months and I’ve done little more than use it just like a point and shoot.

Enter Maegan. A couple weeks ago, she hosted the Bigger Picture Blogs link up on her site where she challenged everyone interested to take a picture a day for 365 days. For me, it’s about learning more about my camera and finally fulfilling a desire I’ve had for over 20 years - to learn more about photography.

My obligatory camera shot. :)I’m never going to be a professional; I don’t even want that - it’s all about fun and learning for me. I don’t have time or the desire to take pictures for anything other than personal reasons. So, now you know what that 365 Days badge is on my sidebar. Here’s the album with my pictures, which I’ll try to update daily. I’ll also do a post once a week with all the pictures for the week since you can’t leave comments in the album. Tips, tricks and advice are welcome!

If you’re interested in joining in it’s not too late! Click on the 365 Days badge and add the link to your 365 photo album to Maegan’s list of participants.