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Watercolor Painting

It was too cold and wet today to play at the park after preschool, so we painted this afternoon. I’m teaching Kate some of the things that my sister Glenda has taught me about working with watercolors. Notice that she has all her supplies lined up: towel, paints, mixing dish and water cup.

Kate began by saying she was going to paint the sky. She has the most intent look on her face when she’s painting, a mix of joy and wonder. It should be that way when a girl is painting I think.

Pushing the pump on the spray bottle to wet the paints is still a little difficult for Kate, but she’s persistent.

Kate mixed purple and orange in the mixing dish today. She knows how to rinse her brush and wipe it on the towel before choosing another color. Glenda is going to be very impressed.

I put my camera in manual mode with the ISO at 6400 and the aperture f/2.8 and focused on her eyes to compensate for the low light coming in from the window. I think my little camera does a good job with a high ISO on a cloudy day.

Photographing Cyclamen

This is my favorite capture of the Cyclamen blooming at Lauritzen Gardens this morning. I don’t know if it is the leading line running from lower left to upper right, the pink and white color or the soft background blur of the photograph that appeals to me. I captured this with my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens.

The instructor, Will Fields, wanted us to work with a longer lens today in order take advantage of the compression in longer lenses that contributes to blurring the background. My 60mm f/2.4 macro lens was the longest lens I had with me.

In California, Cyclamen were a winter flower for me. I used to put them in pots on my front porch.


The photo below is probably my second favorite because of the leading lines in the photo and the repetition of the pink on a small Magnolia tree in the background.

The blooms on that Magnolia were just coming into full bloom. I used to have a Star Magnolia until it died following a recent cold Nebraska winter. Thank goodness I have a place to go to photograph a few favorites during the long, cold winters here.

I worked in manual mode today, first with my 35mm f/2.0 lens and then my 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. My work with a course specific to my Fuji X-T2 a few weeks back, recommended by Adryane, really paid off today. I knew my buttons and dials.

My instructor suggested that I look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson when I mentioned how much I preferred working with my 35mm single focal length lens, equivalent to a 50mm lens, rather than the 18-135mm zoom that I have. Following a quick search, I’ve already learned that Cartier-Bresson, a French photo journalist, photographed with a 35mm Leica in black and white. When needed, he used a 90mm lens. Will recommended that I research Cartier-Bresson as well as some other famous photographers. So in addition to practicing with my camera, I also have some on line homework.

It’s important to me that I develop my skills both in photography and Photoshop simultaneously this year. I am currently enrolled in two scrapbooking classes with Anna Aspnes. In an effort to continue improving my photography skills, I’m going to enroll in another upcoming photography class on Monday to be offered at the Gardens. I’m loving this dual focus this year.

A Beautiful Afternoon

I walked along the lake this evening. As I approached a man, he said, “Smile for the camera.” I then knew he would let me photograph him with his pups. The man’s name was Jim, and I will send him copies as soon as my computer is back from repair.

I used just my 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent to a 50mm on a full frame camera) to make these photos this afternoon. I am liking the perspective of this lens. I know some think this is a boring focal length, but I don’t as I am practicing with my camera settings and composing based on a focal length closest to what the eye sees. By reducing the variables with which I have to work I have made it a little easier for myself. It is enough to deal with manual mode and one focal length at the moment.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk with my camera.

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