PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Week 10

PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Week 10

One more week of the program to go.  It’s amazing how fast that went.  I want to keep this short to save some of my favorite points for my final Plus post sometime next week.   

I had heard of color schemes and color wheels and tints and hues and all that jazz before – but now I actually get it. I may have never I never would have taken the time to learn all of the amazing details of color and how it works together without what Robin painstakingly put together for us.  We have so much information that it will take much more additional time to learn it all completely – I love that!  Robin truly is a generous, mood-elevating soul.  I’m incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity.  

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PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Week 8

PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Week 8

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It’s already week 8? Wow – time is flying by!   I have been out shooting around Florida a lot to try to accomplish the tasks each week.  While always challenging, it seemed to be getting easier until this two-week span.  This is good for me because I learn better when I am pushed to work harder.  However, I feel like my photos for this week’s assignment were much more forced than the ones for the previous assignment.  

Looking through other photographers work was again incredibly illuminating when looking for specific composition elements.  I have greater appreciation for several (names you know) photographers’ work after learning what Robin has shown us.    

For me, like anything else, I have to practice to get better and I will do just that with these composition challenges as we move forward.   Don’t take this as I’m not enjoying this assignment – quite the opposite!  Bring on the challenges!

photo:  This is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay as seen from Fort De Soto Park.  It’s not so sunny there today.  Seems Isaac is heading a bit more west but we are still getting winds and rain.    

PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood  Week 7

PLUS post! for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood  Week 7

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Each week it is more amazing to me to learn how little I knew about why I would be drawn to a particular photo or not.  I’m sure if you had asked me (7 weeks ago) about why I liked one photo over another, I would have thought hard about it and given my best honest answer.  On the most basic level, I probably would have been at least partially wrong though.  

The brain is an amazing wonder and while every human is unique, we also share many things including ways that we are naturally attracted to something.  Be it lines or shadows or patterns or whatever influences our thinking, I am finding these commonalities that we humans have fascinating.  

At the end of this incredible learning journey I believe that I will be able to see things differently (from a deeper perspective) and use that skill to create images that are more appealing to a wider audience. Obviously, all art is subjective. At least now I will have the choice to do that.  Thank you Robin!!

PLUS post!  for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Weeks 5 & 6

PLUS post!  for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood Weeks 5 & 6

Do you feel your photo is right or not?  I sure do, but I wasn’t technically sure why I felt how I did.  Most of what I’ve learned about composition has just been from experience (trial and error really) and seeing what other photographers’ work really grabs me.  

After some additional work I need to do – basically reading and viewing the gold mine (hehe) of information Robin Griggs Wood has provided to us (over and over again) – I think I will be able to answer many of the questions that bothered me about photo composition before this lesson.  

Looking through so many photos by other photographers and trying to apply these concepts in my mind has been incredibly enlightening and a great challenge.  Thank you SO MUCH Robin!!  I can’t believe how much you have put into this class for us.  I’m humbled by your generosity and depth of knowledge.  xo 

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linger

linger

PLUS post! for week 4 for Robin Griggs Wood’s G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 

Fun week, she says.  Robin tells no lies.  Playing with light is always fun but it was a bit challenging with my schedule this week.  That might have made the lesson more useful to me though since I had to think more out of the box than I would have at home.  

This photo is of a restaurant in Denver called Linger.  The back story is that the building used to be Olinger mortuaries.  Yes, really.   It’s not creepy at all actually and this sign was one of my light experiments for this week.  I have learned a ton this week and can’t wait to have time to share more!

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it’s complicated

it’s complicated

PLUS post!  Week 3 for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood 

With no formal art training under my belt, it’s been really interesting to learn how to break down an image and get to the heart of why it works or it doesn’t.  

Before this program, I would just feel whether something worked or not and not necessarily be able to fix it if it didn’t feel right.  Now, I’m learning what enhancers are necessary to really create an image that works.  

Side note: Not necessarily talking about the photo here – it just happens to be from this weeks shots. (Rain, rain and more rain!)  I had to finish up the scavenger hunt this week so I was not able to to shoot as much for this.  Not that I don’t like the photo.  haha!  

I usually hate labels, but in this context, they’ve been crucial in identifying why some images really grab you and others don’t.  Not only that, but knowing what enhancers you are missing makes you look for them more and try to incorporate them into your images.  I’ve been especially fascinated by finding out which of the big dog photogs on G+ use these enhancers best!  😉  

It’s been a crazy week but my favorite one in this program yet – I’m more happy to be in this program each week so far!  Thanks Robin!!  😀

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go with the flow

go with the flow

PLUS post!  Week 2 for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with Robin Griggs Wood 

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Robin tells it like it is.  Week 1 felt a bit like being thrown in the deep end (which is something I like actually, usually) and Week 2 is where we get into the groove of things a bit.  

Week 2 brought a lot of clarification and better understanding of the concepts we are working to learn.   This week, I was better prepared to take hundreds of shots time-wise.  That is one of the best things about this program – being assigned to take LOTS of photos!!  I enjoy doing that anyway but it’s always nice to have a bit of a fire under your…  well, you know.  

Bring on Week 3!   🙂

lean on me

lean on me

PLUS post!  for G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  Robin Griggs Wood    #gmapp2   #gmapp2main  

This photo would not exist if it were not for the mentorship program.  And I wouldn’t know what I had missed either.  So far the program has forced me to get out and look for things I otherwise would have not considered as photography subjects.  The cute photo here is the exception – I would always stop for a shot like that, but it was a lucky find on my hunt for completing this week’s assignment.  

I’m excited to be part of this group and am restructuring my schedule to make time to participate more in the learning process with the rest of the group.  I will make it work – I refuse to quit – and that means I need to find more time to devote to it.  I definitely believe in the idea that what you put into something is what you get out of it.   

So, on to the next week and the next assignment with happy anticipation and eagerness to learn.  Thanks to everyone in the group for being so supportive (and patient with me this past crazy week) and HUGE thanks to Robin for this opportunity!