I had this idea the day that I shot the butterfly and finally had a chance to reshoot it tonight. Unfortunately the grass is somewhat dead since we haven’t had rain in such a long time, so there isn’t as good of color as the first time around.
I was out in my front yard laying on the grass taking pictures this evening, and kept getting looks like I was crazy, and even getting honked and hollered at in the process. I was about to head inside since I got ones that I really liked, when I saw this monarch butterfly sitting there. I just couldn’t pass it up, the lighting was perfect, and the butterfly didn’t move beyond opening and closing its wings.
*Monday, August 8 – Stillwater, Minnesota
Monday was completely dedicated to editing pictures and getting caught up (which I am now!). That is pretty much all I did starting at 10:00 am or so. By the time evening rolled around I didn’t much feel like taking a picture, so I just wandered around my mom’s absolutely incredible garden.
The picture at hand is of a tiger lily that was just about done blooming. Tiger Lilies are some of my favorite flowers ever. They are so stunning and dramatic, so of course I had to use it as my 365. I used a technique called “freelensing” for this, which means I detach my lens from my camera and move it at different angles (while holding it close to the camera body still) to get some interesting things going on with the plane of focus.
I could not have made it through this project without my roommate and her endless amount of interesting objects. And thank you to her grandma for getting her this teapot just in time for the end of my project.
Yes I am aware that almost all of my titles lately have “fall” in them, but hey, it is fall and I love fall.
It finally rained today, which we needed desperately. So of course after teaching I went outside with my camera and took some reverse lens shots of the drops on the leaves.
I wandered outside this evening to take pictures of the leaves still hanging from my trees, but then looked down and noticed how wonderful my skirt looked with the sun and yellow leaves beneath it. These pictures just make me happy, which I needed.
And I couldn’t decide so here is the runner-up:
Now I don’t normally do things like this; I usually just keep these things to myself, but I am feeling like I need to do some slight explaining, as well as some venting.
I have been going through some things with my photography lately. First, I have been frustrated with myself that I used to be obsessed (maybe that isn’t the right word, because it was a good thing) with getting my 365 done and posted on time. But lately I just haven’t seemed to care as much about getting it in on time. I still take the picture yes, but more often than not I don’t seem to put all that much effort into it. This project is important to me, so I don’t know why I can’t seem to stay on top of it anymore. However, as of tonight, I am re-dedicating myself to this project. I WILL get my picture posted every night unless something major comes up (that makes me nervous to make that promise…but here we go).
The second big thing that has been frustrating me, is from earlier this week. I was venting to Elliot about how I was just down about photography in general, and he asked me a very simple, but important two questions: “Why do you like photography? Why do you want to take pictures?” And I didn’t (and still don’t) have a good answer, or rather any answer for him. I used to have such a good explanation for why I wanted to be a photographer, but since I have gotten into the more commercial side, with weddings and stuff with my internship, I have seemed to lost sight of why I wanted to become a photographer in the first place. Now I realize that it is inevitable that my vision will change after 5 years of taking pictures, but it makes me sad, and angry, that I don’t have a solid answer as to why I want to take pictures. So, my goal within the next week, is to sit down and write out why I love photography. And I hope that this can get the firing burning inside me again.
Wednesday, October 20
I don’t really like how this turned out, but oh well.
My middle school art class had to do some rearranging of class time because of how small the class that we were teaching in was. So because of that we no longer meet in class, we just have the hour or so of teaching at the middle school. And since we no longer meet in class, we are not creating the weekly art projects that we usually did, and so our professor asked us to do something outside of class. I have always been obsessed with the pieces left over from hole punching, and so I have decided to do a series of paintings using different colors of those. This requires me to punch out hundreds of little circles though. Whitney has been kind enough to help me, and we have 3 of these sheets on my coffee table so far. We think they look pretty cool and I had an image in my head of them held up to the light, but it didn’t work like it did in my head. So, this is what I ended up with for day 284.
Sunday, October 17
My poor roommate, Whitney, gets roped into being my model quite often. Luckily she doesn’t seem to mind. Elliot was on his way to pick me up for dinner with his mom, aunt, and cousin, and so I asked Whitney if she would let me take pictures of her feet. I really love how this one turned out, the blue jeans with the orange of the leaves is just perfect.