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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Aperture...

The eye of a camera.

I've got a new hobby I guess. It's kind of funny, it never used to be a serious hobby, and I have always been exposed to this camera stuff before, but lately, I've noticed an acceleration in my embrace of something which I can detect becoming a passion...

... as if I need another one.















Photography -- still photography, specifically -- has started to captivate me. I'm not surprised by this revelation, actually, because if you know me, you know that it's what my Grandfather did for a living for so long... starting in WWII and ending with his passing a decade ago. And, while I've always been okay at taking pics, it was Laurie Kapugi, my old boss's wife, who sort of got me fired up about this and making it sort of a hobby.

See, Laurie made it her hobby while we were back in Tampa, and learned some amazing stuff from a friend of hers who is a pro photog, and well, let's just say the stuff Laurie can do with a camera, and then with photoshop, are pretty amazing.

And, while chatting with her recently about what kind of digital camera to get, she said a few things which fired me up, and next thing you know, I'm out taking pics...

Like at Tommy Page's house near my parent's house in the Poconos...
















Kyla makes a pretty amazing subject, and combined with Tommy's house and its natural beauty, well, the photographs were pretty stunning. But, I was shooting on an automatic sort of mode which kinda pissed me off since I wasn't using my new camera to it's fullest potential. Honestly, this is because I didn't ask any questions of some pros and I haven't had time to digest the entire manual which came with the camera.

But I kept on firing away at stuff I saw...















Like at Great Falls National Park on the Potomac. Josh, one of my colleagues who works for WBIG, gave me a quick lesson on filters and aperture and the photographic triangle, and depth of field, and so what you see above was the result.

Or... at the White House recently where I had the unique privilege of rolling some eggs with President Obama...
















Shoot, I could keep going and going, but I don't want to bore you...
















Kyla at Chuck E. Cheese in Tampa with her winnings LOL...

Anyway, I guess I'm sort of hard wired for this. It's in my DNA. Thanks to my grandad and to Laurie, who, is like family in a different sort of way, who rekindled it in me.

I don't know if you find this at all interesting, but if you do, I'll post more and more from time to time. It's funny. I just see things, and they register in my ADHD mind and out of these things, I can tell you a story as to why I found this or that interesting. Trust me, there are a few pics I've taken which are depressing, hopeful, optimistic, sad and more... let me know how I'm doing or if you want to see some more with a comment below.

I hope you're well. I know I've not been blogging as regularly lately here, but I'll try as best as I can to do so while taking care of business, at the same time...

You know, I wonder if I could get the White House Photographer to let me shadow him for a day...

I'm probably dreaming again. LOL.

I've gotta get to the studios now. Lots to do. But I wanted to take a second to write you since I feel like I've been neglecting our friendship...

-t.