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post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Tia just nailed that one.
Sometimes, "time" has nothing to do with talent at all. It's there whether for 10 seconds or a lifetime.
I second that second...or is it third that second?

I had a similar experience with my writing. I joined a website for beginning writers, run by a professional, published, "famous" writer. It contained exercises and "newbie" areas.

I submitted some stuff, poetry and essay/observation commentary, and was moved from the newbie area to the "working writers" section. When I protested that I should not be there (critiques, "reviews" by peers, and agents lurking...password protected all the way...) as I was new and had not even taken a writing class ever (no college degree here...), I was told "too bad for you, it's where you belong." I got so intimidated that I stopped posting. I've only recently begun again, and was welcomed back with open arms (thank goodness!).

It was not ever meant to intimidate me; rather, to provide me the level of exposure and critique I needed to progress from here.

I know the same thing happened to you. You've been "promoted" I guess you'd say, and it isn't about education. It's about talent, and nuturing that talent.

Think of it this way. You're the parent of a kindergarten age child. This child knew how to read, write, do simple math, and played the piano...would you send him to kindergarten, or would you, as a parent, look for a better avenue to keep him growing, challenged, and encouraged?



See what I mean, jellybean?

Best-
Michele
post #32 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by captiva
Robin - be proud! That is quite a compliment! I had never taken a photography class until last May (and now I don't remember what I learned now ). My instructor thought I was a natural, too which was a little embarassing at times . I think some of it really had to do with the fact that I like nature shots (this is really my area) and so did she. I don't like the digital I have at all and I am sticking with an SLR camera until I decide to join the 21st century. I just post my digitals here because it's too much of a pain to scan and post pics, you know? I think you should be very, very proud of yourself! I just entered a contest that I know is way out of my league, but if you don't try you are never going to win, right? Congratulations!
Thanks Chris. I looked at the local community college website today and they do offer digital photography classes....from beginning all the way to advanced photography. I think I may go sign up tomorrow. I'll have to sign up for the beginning class since taking the more advanced class requires the beginning one as a prerequisite.

You should look into getting a digital SLR....which is what I'm going to get. I should be getting about $8,000 back on my tax return, so that's what I'm going to buy with part of that money. I'm guessing that I'll probably need to spend about $2,000 to get the camera and the accessories that I want. I can't wait to get the new camera and start learning to take some really great pictures.
post #33 of 55
I just bought a new SLR last year though. My big hang up with digital is that I'm paranoid that the photos will fade and I heard that you have to buy a special printer and archival ink, etc. If you take the class, let me know if that's still the case. When I took the class last summer, I was so freaked out about how to try to properly take the shots that I didn't do as well as I thought I would just "eye-ing" it as I had in the past. One thing I did learn is how to make everything in focus in the picture (I'm a big close up freak) and also how to stop motion, but seriously I would have to try to remember how to do that
post #34 of 55
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Originally Posted by KittyKook
start learning to take some really great pictures.
HA!!! Tell me another funny one... You should say instead... 'Learning to PERFECT my great picture taking' Trust me... I've seen your pics you little closet photographer you
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by captiva
I just bought a new SLR last year though. My big hang up with digital is that I'm paranoid that the photos will fade and I heard that you have to buy a special printer and archival ink, etc. If you take the class, let me know if that's still the case. When I took the class last summer, I was so freaked out about how to try to properly take the shots that I didn't do as well as I thought I would just "eye-ing" it as I had in the past. One thing I did learn is how to make everything in focus in the picture (I'm a big close up freak) and also how to stop motion, but seriously I would have to try to remember how to do that
You don't have to buy a special printer at all.......you can get them processed at the lab....same as with film. If you want to do the printing yourself, obviously, you can spend some big bucks on a special printer.....but the paper and the ink is going to be pretty expensive I would think. For now, I would probably rather just pay the lab to print my photos. If that turned out to be too expensive.....I might try and compare the cost of owning my own photo printer. Here's one of the labs here locally that my mom used to use all the time: Chromatics Their prices don't look too bad. Also, depending on the resolution of the image, digital files can be printed on to a 44x60 size print on either art paper or canvas. With a DSLR camera, I'm hoping that the resolution will be good enough that I could print some really large photos if I wanted to. I'm anxious to start experimenting.
post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by MyRage
HA!!! Tell me another funny one... You should say instead... 'Learning to PERFECT my great picture taking' Trust me... I've seen your pics you little closet photographer you

You crack me up!!
post #37 of 55
Just being honest
post #38 of 55
By all means, you should be honored!! Your pictures are beautiful!

Care to share more?
post #39 of 55
Wow there cool Pic's
post #40 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Abby7625
By all means, you should be honored!! Your pictures are beautiful!

Care to share more?
Thanks!

You asked for it......so here's another picture. I also took this one out at my parent's place. (the tree and the flowers by the wall were also taken there) There is over 100 acres of land, wildlife, farm animals, and numerous other things to take pictures of......so I like to go out there sometimes and just walk around and take pictures.

This picture was taken inside the chicken coop. I used a sepia filter on it and I was mainly trying to get a picture of just the window because I liked the way the light was shining through it. But then the chicken walked into the picture, so I snapped it that way....and I like the way it turned out. The only thing I DON'T like is the fact that the windows were so dirty.

post #41 of 55
I think the dirty windows kinda add to the feel. Kinda... um barn yardish? I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
post #42 of 55
Robin, that is real good. Really. Good. Period. <wow>
post #43 of 55
Thread Starter 
I had driven past this rundown motel so many times on the way to my parent's place and it always made me laugh how the sign says "Air Conditioned" next to a motel with no roof.

So one day I decided to pull off the road and take a picture of it. I did this one in black and white since it looks "old"....I thought the photo should look old too. I cropped off the top half of the picture since it was mostly sky and was just extraneous to the photo.

post #44 of 55
No, what strikes me is the juxtaposition of "air conditioning" against a winter sky. Without a soul around. That's why it's different and artistic.
post #45 of 55
Thread Starter 
And of course.......your typical "flower picture" that almost everyone takes a picture of when they are first learning.

post #46 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
No, what strikes me is the juxtaposition of "air conditioning" against a winter sky. Without a soul around. That's why it's different and artistic.
That's true....maybe that's one of the reasons that picture appeals to me. Sometimes....I just "see" things that I think would make a good photo without really knowing "why." Does that make a bit of sense?

I take a lot of pictures of strange shapes because they appeal to me. I notice the way different shapes and objects play off of each other. (like in the chicken picture) I actually have a picture of the inside of the roof of my parent's barn because it looked neat to me with all the beams going in different directions.

Here's another example of a "shapes" picture that I took the same day that I took the chicken picture. This is the fence going through a dried creek bed. The fence was built at an angle I guess so the cows couldn't escape under the fence. Anyway.....I saw it and thought it looked neat.


post #47 of 55
, thats brilliant,and your photos are amazing
post #48 of 55
I thought the chicken was watching it snow!!!

You certainly have the talent! I love the pictures!!
post #49 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Abby7625
I thought the chicken was watching it snow!!!

You certainly have the talent! I love the pictures!!

I suppose that's what I should tell everyone...instead of saying the windows are just dirty! But the sunshine might give it away.
post #50 of 55
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Originally Posted by Abby7625
I thought the chicken was watching it snow!!!

You certainly have the talent! I love the pictures!!

it DOES look like the chicken is watching it snow, LOL!!
post #51 of 55
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Originally Posted by KittyKook
*snip*I've decided that I'm going to invest in a digital SLR camera because .....a professional digital camera is the way to go. The newer SLR's have features and resolutions that meet or exceed most film cameras.
An in field perspective. this is misleading, as, technically, true film does not have any pixels and is similar to what we in the field call "vector" images. Film is infinately rescaleable, and will always have crisper edges than digital images simply by course of processing.

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Originally Posted by KittyKook
*snip*Plus, you don't have to waste a lot of money on processing a bunch of photos that are duds that you end up throwing away. You can review your pictures beforehand and then only process the good ones....
This however is VERY true. this is one of the benefits of digital

Another downside to digital, though, is that it does not process light in the same way as a slr, and you will get less of the starburst effect that is sometimes desireable. One of my wedding pictures is a good example, however, I don't at the moment have it with me.

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Originally Posted by KittyKook
I'm leaning toward getting the Nikon D70 or the Canon EOS 20D but some others have also caught my interest. I just need to do some more research on cameras and decide which one will be right for my needs.
The canon rebels are also quite nice. As a note, If you get a canon, you can get the digital and later get the film one if you decide it's important to you to have both, or vice-versa- most models can exchange lenses between the same body style, which is not true of some other brands.



Sorry, I took umptymillion photography classes on lighting and such- you caught me after a cup of coffee, lol.

I see your Day lily and raise you one kitty.



(banno is one of molly's littermates. He's the most delicate framed of all Isis and shadow's babies.)
post #52 of 55
I think its wonderful that the site Admin is reconizing your talent, like it should be! Your pictures are beautiful, and amazing. Ask anyone, I'm sure they'll say the same. We have all been deeply moved by your photos, I'm sure the Admin was too. I think the other members should be intimated by you!
post #53 of 55
Robin, I have to say Congrats! What an honour but a definitly well deserved one!
post #54 of 55
To answer the original question...honoured! Absolutely. But, I have to say, not without good reason...you do lovely work...it is not the work of a beginner. Formal training will help you maximize your innate talent, but ya gotta have the talent first...and you do...in spades.

Congratulations on the recognition!!
post #55 of 55
[quote=Abby7625]I thought the chicken was watching it snow!!!



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