I'm beginning to see the weaknesses in either 1) my camera, or 2) my command of my camera. It's a pretty new camera, much nicer than our old one, but a point-and-shoot nonetheless. Having started to care more about getting quality pictures of a particular subject at a particular time (I used to look at a great picture as great luck), I've started to remember more about what I'm reading about photography: no flash, white balance, bokeh. And I'll admit that I don't really know how to turn off my flash, and I'm still trying to understand the concept of the white balance, and the bokeh--love it, but still great luck when I achieve it.
My (our?) shortcomings have been highlighted twice in the past couple of days.
Case 1: The Moon.
Here, note that I was trying some sort of "night" setting, which apparently required me to hold myself still until the moon had set (does the moon set?).
Then, I tried (I think?) turning off the flash. I actually really love this one, because the sky is not quite black...the cherry tree's shadow is just discernible.
Next up, gelatinous moon-like blob. Not sure how I did that, but the colors of the sky & trees are just about right.
And the best one. The moon has a halo, which it didn't at all--it was so crisp in the sky--but the scale is good, and it's a start.
Case 2: The Quilt.
Remember the cutting? Well, now, I've sewn all the blocks, like them all, love a few, and am ready to sew the top. In The Modern Quilt Workshop, which is the best academic craft reading of all time, the authors talk a lot about design intention and having a Big Idea (their term), which has both interested me and sort of put me in a tizzy. I'll talk about the tizzy in another post, but for now, I share with you the three possible layouts for the top, in all their point-and-shoot glory:
The middle layout was originally my favorite, now, not so much. Not sure if that's because of the horrible picture quality, which I originally edited but have now decided to leave as is to demonstrate my point. That one was taken at night, by the glow of a single living room lamp, flash on. Uck. The other two I took in natural morning light. My question? What do I do if I have to take a picture at night? Like if I'm taking a picture of dinner and don't want to try this?
Something to think about while I finish my quilt top.