Second Photo Published

I can happily share the news that I had a second photo of mine published in a magazine. It’s in Issue 26 of the Photography for Beginners magazine, page 8. And the title would be ‘Young Swan’… (they’ve changed it in the magazine to Your Swan).

Young Swan

Young Swan

2nd Photo Published

There it is with some specifications on the exposure used.

And with this news I would also like to tell all my readers/followers that I am going to have a little break now from posting on here. I have decided for a career change; I am now studying to become a teaching assistant and in parallel with that also to gain a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. I have decided on this because I believe going into education is something that suits very well women who are also mothers, who have a family to look after. This said, I am not abandoning my passion for photography/food photography, I am just taking this time to sit back a bit and gather knowledge, new material, to grow by not neglecting anything that is important in my life… I will still be around, posting here and then, just less often then I used to. Also, I bought this book on food photography & food styling by the amazing Helene Dujardin, promoter of natural light photography, which I’ve started reading and I find greatly inspirational… So, I’ll be back -hopefully with improved photography skills.

All the best to everyone!

The Snail… and The Whorl

Last week, I entered this shot of a snail into a competition on Composition (in Photography). This final image you can see here has been cropped following the rule of thirds, placing the snail on one of the intersecting points on a visible/imaginary grid. I was really quite happy with this shot of mine and had high hopes of being one of the five winners of tickets to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London (26th April – 12th May 2013). Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful… But you can check out the winning images here, as well as other images entered in the competition.

Snail (edited colour, rule of third, watermarked)

How do you like this image? And how about this next one of a rose (also cropped in so that the viewer’s attention is focused on the amazing whorl) ?

The Whorl, From Close (selective colour, crop, watermarked)

Report on Nikon Training

Thank you wiolakk for pointing out that it’d be welcome if I gave a short report on how my training course, mentioned in one of my earlier posts, went on Tuesday.

In one word, it was kind of like a ‘revelation’. I’ve had my camera for over a year and a half now, but knew I wasn’t intirely familiar with its capabilities. I’ve overtaken this training to get myself more confident in my camera use, to learn/see my camera’s full potential, to meet other Nikon enthusiasts. And to my great content, the course ticked all these boxes for me. It dissected the technicalities of using a Nikon D5100, going through what all the buttons on the camera do, what the menu contains/features and controls, how photos can be improved in camera. I’ve never used the i (info) button before and now I know I will, from now on, always. Great shortcut to menu items/camera settings information! Also, I’ve learned about Metering, which for me was a big big question mark, AF basics, Picture Control, Active D Lighting, White Balance. There was a lot of information condensed in those hours (10.30am – 5pm), but these are the ones that stood out for me most.

Until now, I’ve only shot in and used JPEG. I was aware of RAW, but it was just a bit too ‘scary’ for me. From now on, following this course, I gained confidence in starting to shoot in RAW now. Because RAW provides highest possible image quality from captured data.

So hopefully, in the near future, you’ll all notice an improvement in the quality of my photos that I’m posting. 😉

But just to make sure, I have another course lined up, an online one on digital photography, that I’m going to try take in the next couple of months or so.

P.S. I’m attaching these two images I’ve taken at the training. Nothing special about them, except that these are my very first images shot in RAW & the very first time I was using Spot Metering.

CSC_0135

CSC_0137

Diptych, Triptych, Polyptych

When wiolakk gave a positive comment on my post Faces of a Child, she used a word I did not know until then: triptych. I became intrigued, so I looked it up. According to Oxford Dictionaries, a triptych is ‘a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together…’ In the case of my post, it would be a photographic triptych, ‘a common style used in modern commercial artwork. The photographs usually arranged with a plain border between them. The work may consist of separate images that are variants on a theme, or may be one larger image split into three.’ (Source: wikipedia) There can also be diptych-es (two images) or polyptych-es (several images).

I really like what triptych-es represent, how they convey different angles of the same theme or object, how they tell a story, how they capture several close-knit moments in time, as opposed to one. I tried to create and experiment with this newly found form of art. Here’s some examples.

Still Life -A Diptych

Still Life (diptych)

Still Life -A Triptych

Still Life (triptych)

Still Life with Rose -A Triptych

Still Life with Rose (triptych)

Going on a Photo Training Course

I’ve signed up for a one day Nikon D5100 DSLR course taking place in London, April 9. Hopefully this will give me even more confidence in using my D5100 & to make the most of it. I’m really eager now to get knowledgeable about the technical side of DSLR photography and then in photo editing (I have the Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 version). I’m really eager now because I’m starting to figure out which photography types/genres would interest me more than others, which ones I’d be happy and keen to pursue further… So far it’s only been a hobby, and perhaps that’s what it will only remain, but let’s just say I want to get really good at my hobby -and then we’ll see what comes next…

What I figured out so far is that, I think I might like to pursue still-life/food/food documentary photography. I am sharing this with you all first time here. I appreciate your support, you following my blog, you liking my posts, you liking my photos. I’d enjoy very much your company on this journey of mine into the above mentioned genres of photography and I promise I’ll keep you up to date with what I experience, what new I learn, what mistakes I make on the way, what photos I’ll be able to produce in the meantime. And I welcome of course any suggestions, comments, advice, your thoughts on something particular or in general. It helps to know you are there…

I am finishing off now with a picture of what I made for yesterday’s lunch, at the request of my daughter: Pancakes with Jam.

Pancakes with Jam (edited)

The recipe for the pancakes (a batch that makes 7-10 pieces)

Ingredients: 125 g flour, 1 egg, 150 ml milk, 1 tsp sugar/powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and oil for the preparation of it.

In a bowl, mix well 50 ml of milk with one egg and 1 tsp of sugar/powdered sugar. Then add to the mixture the flour -slowly, little by little, stirring it in well with a whisk. Follow with adding in the leftover milk and more milk/sparkling water, so that the consistency of the mixture is neither too runny nor too thick…. It might take practise. Or else rely on your instincts. Mix it well so that there are no lumps in the mixture.

Put a pan on the stove, heat it up, then add a little oil in the pan and lifting the pan up from the stove spread the oil in the pan. Now it’s ready for adding the mixture in. Using a ladle, add some of the mixture to the pan, with a rotating move spread it around in the pan. After a few seconds of cooking, loosen the sides of the pancake with a buttter knife, round and round, then slip the knife under the pancake and gently lift it up to turn it on the other side. Let both sides get a nice golden brown colour, then flip it or lift it again with the knife onto a plate. Continue the same way with the rest of the mixture. The first pancake needs the most oil in the pan, then try add less with the following ones.

Once the pancakes are ready, spread some jam or Nutella, or anything you like on them. Bon appetit! 🙂