Snapshots from the past six months (And a few things I’m learning about photography)

22 Jun

This post is a bit random but I was looking through pictures from the last six months and here are my favorites: (Mouse over for captions and context. You can also click the photo to see it larger.)

The photos don’t have much to do with each other, other than they give a small glimpse into my life here. But also I noticed a few things in going through my photos.

1. My favorite photos almost always include people. For whatever reason I find them much more engaging.

2. They are always my best, technically-speaking. The above photos have little to no editing. (Part of that is because I finally learned how to set a custom white balance. If you’re learning to use a DSLR like me and you haven’t tried this feature yet, I highly suggest messing with it—it makes such a difference in getting the right colors.)

3. Good photos are few and far between. I’ve taken many more pictures in the last six months than any other period in the past. A few thousand. Many were deleted because they just didn’t turn out, and I fear I’m becoming a bit of a snob when it comes photos. So out of all those, these nine were my favorites (excluding those I’ve posted for other special events or from my travels.)

4. It’s more difficult to photograph every day life than it is to take good photos while traveling. It’s easy to be inspired by new sights and experiences so that you can’t help but start snapping away. It’s much more difficult to see every day life with fresh eyes and a sense of wonder.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder” – E.B. White

7 Responses to “Snapshots from the past six months (And a few things I’m learning about photography)”

  1. jalford1 June 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I really like the last two photos, Nicole! The fella with the cig in the last one just looks so devious.

    -John A

    • Nicole June 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Thanks and yeah I know! I think that’s why I wanted to take a picture of him– they both just seemed like characters

  2. samanthamartin July 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    i like the one with “meja b” and i really enjoyed the toko jam!!!!!! keep posting. it’s so great. xo i miss you xo

  3. writecrites August 12, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Wonderful photos. You are very good with people (and cat) shots, and you’ve come up with some very good observations about photography. I look forward to seeing more of your everyday life shots.

    • Nicole August 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      Thanks, I’m trying to focus more on everyday life than just photographing when I travel so we’ll see what I come up with! And thanks for checking out my blog : )

  4. Maurizio Riccio September 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Lovely shots. The “everyday life” around you is indeed very photogenic. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nicole September 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks, and yeah, I’d like to think so as well : )

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