Photography Class Week 7

Last class!  Now that went by quickly!  For our vernissage, we we asked to choose our favourite 20 images shot at some point during the duration of the class.  You might have seen some of the images below in previous classes… and some might be new.

 

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Photography Class Week 6

Every Wednesday night, locals meet directly in front of City Hall for an amazing evening of salsa.  It starts with a one hour lesson, followed by hours and hours of live DJ music and dancing.  This was the perfect venue for the class to practice photographing strangers.  I have to admit I was quite nervous as the introvert in me generally prefers not to bother others.  But as the evening wore on, I got into the swing of things and managed to capture the following moments…

 

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Photography Class Week 5

Portraiture was the name of the game this week!  I suppose it’s something I’m a bit more familiar with, seeing that I am constantly snapping shots of my family members.  Homework was to set up a photoshoot of a subject.  I rarely get to photograph Maïan so decided she would be my victim, hehehe…. To make it worse for her, I took her out on a 13km hike of Gatineau Park.  My city girl completely hated it… that is until we got attacked by a grouse and in my panic to run away from the crazed bird, I fell flat on my butt.  Oh, that was insanely funny according to her!  She laughed until we got to the car and ended up saying that was an amazing day (even though she had complained for most of it!).  SPAO Week 5 Portrait_1 SPAO Week 5 Portrait_2 SPAO Week 5 Portrait_3SPAO Week 5 Portrait_4  SPAO Week 5 Portrait_5 SPAO Week 5 Portrait_6 SPAO Week 5 Portrait_7 SPAO Week 5 Portrait_8This brief hike was a precursor to an amazing adventure Maïan and I have planned for the first two weeks of August.  Mother and daughter will be traveling, make that backpacking, in the Dominican Republic.  We’ll be staying in hostels and doing volunteer work too.  With Maïan having just turned 13, I think this trip will be an amazing eye opening adventure that I hope will stay with her for many years to come.  There’s nothing like traveling to make us understand the world that surrounds us… stay tuned for more on doubt real soon…

Photography Class Week 4

Week 4 demanded that we think outside the box.  The class went on an architectural shoot, concentrating on composition and framing.  We had to hit different elements, such as geometric shapes, lines, reflections and such.  The purpose was to understand how these elements can influence the outcome of the image, make it impactful and memorable…

Here’s my take on Geometric Shapes

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MovementRhythm and patterns…

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Triangle2We were also asked to take 10 consecutive shots of a subject, in manual mode of course, without deleting any… It’s meant to push us towards an instinctual understanding of the proper settings on the camera.  It is also meant to replicate what it was like to be a photographer before the digital era.  Here are my ten images, in a row… I took the easy rode and chose a three year old completely captivated by Caillou on the iPad… SPAO Week 4 1 SPAO Week 4 2 SPAO Week 4 3 SPAO Week 4 4 SPAO Week 4 5 SPAO Week 4 6 SPAO Week 4 7 SPAO Week 4 8 SPAO Week 4 9 SPAO Week 4 10

 

And finally, this was not part of the homework but I just loved this image of Gaëlle’s long lashes and had to post it…

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Photography Class Week 3

The theme this week was colour.  I had to go out there and find colour! But it proved to be more complicated than I might have imagined at first.  As I walked around downtown Ottawa with my camera during lunch hours, it came apparent that I am surrounded by grey… and brown… and dirty beige.   I had to squint to see pops of colour.     Here are a few that I found in the core of the city, as well as others taken at home in preparaton for Maïan’s 13th birthday party….

Thanks for reading!

 

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Cosi Swimsuit

Busy week so I thought I would just quickly share a swimsuit I made recently for little Gaëlle.  I was blown away by how easy this was to make.  Who knew sewing with spandex was so easy and forgiving?!  And I have to point out that I had never attempted to sew with double needles before.  Am now a convert!

Pattern is the Cosi Swimsuit pattern by Sewpony Vintage.  Heart fabric is from some mysterious little shop in New York that I unfortunately can’t remember the name.  Yellow fabric is from my local Fabricland.

Et que l’été commence!

 

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Photography Class Week 2

Homework for week two at the SPAO consisted of taking close up images of a larger object.  I decided to choose the busy street corner where I work in downtown Ottawa.  It seemed fitting as it’s a part of the urban decor that I see on a daily basis, yet rarely “see” on a daily basis…  It’s only once we were reviewing all student’s homework in class that I realized that I may have cheated somewhat… everyone else had chosen one particular object, and then taken closeups from various angles (like a food item or a pet).  Picking a street corner meant that I had way more options to shoot what caught my eye, instead of examining one single object from different perspectives.

Regardless of my “cheating”, I’m not all that thrilled with my result.  I think I am definitely happier taking pictures of people.  Inanimate objects just don’t seem to ignite my passion as much.  But at least they stay still without bribing!!!  What do you love to photograph?

Here are my ten best pictures from Week 2, straight out of camera, zero editing (except resizing).   What do you think… anything here interesting?  Would love to hear some thoughts on composition…

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Photography Class Week 1

After spending the better part of the last year struggling with manual mode, I’ve decided to sign up for an in person 10 week Digital Foundations class at the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa.  I am determined to improve my composition, understand lighting, and nail my focus.  Week one’s homework was to take pictures of any subject of our choice, using AV mode.  I chose to photograph the two youngest residents in this household….  I thought it might be fun to put up my weekly homework here, in order to see a progression (I hope!) in my photography skills.  Here are the 15 images that i turned in as homework (all straight out of camera, absolutely no editing).

 

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