Since being back in Wellington a visit to the library has rejoined my “to do list” most weeks. There are so many good reads and it is so nice to hold a book. Saying that though, I do still adore the ease of the kindle and ability to buy big books at international prices.
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I love my monthly photography group – I always feel like I walk away with new ideas and a burst of enthusiasm to get out there and take more creative pictures! I gather a clearer view of the world when I’m searching for that magical shot. I see things that I never see. I never feel that I’ve nailed the shot, I always feel like I could do more. Though that sense of inadequacy isn’t all bad, as it really drives me to satisfy that creative hunger.
Each month four to seven of us converge on a Wellington location for two hours to run around and take as many pictures as we can based on a series of challenges we have given one another. We’ve visited the Bank arcade, waterfront, Railway station, National Library and this week Leeds lane and Cuba street. Through a steady drizzle and foggy view finder we huddled around the old Hannah’s Warehouse looking for 45 degree angles and discovering those perfect “ugly duckling” shots.
Each week someone is nominated to hand out the challenges and we’ve had a range – I chose Black and White for the Railway station. With all the gorgeous high ceilings and large glass windows, we were spoilt for contrast. I struggled at the Botanic Gardens for inspiration – though a bleak winter garden and lack of macro lens meant I was somewhat limited.
After 45 mins of taking photos around the same area we reconvene for a coffee and camera swap. That in itself is always a learning curve as I get to discover what lens everyone else is trialling and play around with their cameras. At the Botanic Gardens I learnt all about Macro lens and the little lens covers you can get that do a similar job of magnifying the subject. One of the girls has an Olympus and I love the small size of her camera – some of the zoom lens for Canon require protein shakes to develop the muscle tone to hold it up.
I walk down Cuba street every second day, but with camera in tow I saw so much more! Being in a group removes so many inhibitions – I roamed the corners and hovered in windows, tilting my camera this way and that to try window reflections. People don’t seem to notice you as much when you’re in a group. More forgiving of you when you take their picture.
Some things are clearer through the Lens I love my monthly photography group - I always feel like I walk away with new ideas and a burst of enthusiasm to get out there and take more creative pictures!
I’ve been recognising lately, how many people out there that abuse other peoples time. People who also happily use your time to glean your knowledge for free – contributing neither money or goodwill. These users really are scoundrels.
And I’m sharpening my knives to cut them out!
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I can see why the big brands spend so much on their logos, as the process to determine the elements you want to include is exhausting. Finding the balance between design simplicity and the need to convey core messages to the viewer is a long thoughtful process.