This painting is my gift to myself. No, I did not intentionally paint myself a Mother’s Day present, but when you paint a memory as sweet as this, you are not going to sell it.
This is from my most recent trip to Paris with my girls. It is a collection of several photos combined into the memory, sealed in my head. Yes, I do paint from photos. But only my own and never an exact copy of the photo – if I wanted that I would just print it.
This was our second day in Paris – it rained the entire week. We visited the L”Orangerie that morning and we were walking through the Tuileries garden in search of a cafe for lunch, when the Eiffel Tower peaked out from behind the trees.
We were all wet and cold, but my girls insisted they were from Seattle and thus did not carry umbrellas. I did have an umbrella and they constantly complained about me poking them with it.
Alyssa had on her favorite coat with the fur collar, when she reached up on tippy toes and gave Alex a squeeze. And Alex, she had on her favorite green plaid pants. That tender moment stays with me and that is the memory I painted.
Thank you Flori Flowers for sharing your beautiful animals, space and talent with us.
Thank you for sharing the last three days with me.
I hope that you learned something about using your camera in manual mode and, most importantly, had fun!
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams
Today we braved the cold and ventured to Kenmore Air to practice Shutter Speed. All photos in this post were taken today by students.
SHUTTER SPEED: Controls how long your shutter stays open for, and so also controls how much light reaches the sensor.
Leaving your shutter open a long time, smaller number, will let in lots of light and will capture motion as it moves – meaning you will see it as a blur. Anything under 1/60 requires a tripod.
A short shutter speed, a faster number like a quick blink, freezes a moment in time without blur. You would use this if you want to freeze a fast-moving bird, animal, or car in your photo. A shutter speed of anything faster than 1/500th of a second is considered ideal for freezing an object, but this may vary depending on the speed of the subject.
Today was the beginning of our three day mini photo 101 camp. As we are learning to take our camera’s off auto, we focused on Aperture Today.
The photos in this post were taken by students during the workshop today.
APERTURE: The aperture of a lens is how wide the lenses opens when you take a photo and ranges from wide to narrow, and is measured in f/stops, such as f/4 (wide aperture) to f/22 (narrow aperture). AV
The smaller the number, the wider the aperture, the more light is let in and the smaller the depth of field. So, for a portrait, you want the subject in focus but the background to be blurred. You would use a low aperture. I love a shallow depth of field so I shot a lot of my photos on the lowest aperture that I can.
The opposite of this is true as well. The narrower the aperture, the less light is let in, darkening your shots an resulting in a larger the depth of field. While shooting landscapes or citys capes, you might want to have both the foreground and the background in focus. For this you would want a high aperture value, f/16 or f/22 to get deep depth of field.
We shot in Aperture Priority mode today which allows you to take control of the aperture, leavingthe shutter speed and ISO to be controlled controlled by the camera. We practiced adjusting the amount of light entering into the camera through the lens and setting our depth of field.