In my blog resolution post some of you expressed an interest in more personal posts about what I do outside of reading and blogging. I’ve seen the very cool meme created by Novel Heartbeat- Life of a Blogger and have considered participating. But for now I’ve decided to have this random, one off post about my other hobby-photography.
For as long as I remember I’ve had an interest in cameras and photos. I always loved flipping through National Geographic as a child and admiring the beautiful wildlife and nature photography. I worked off and on at various photo labs all the way through college. I also minored in art history and the history of photography turned out to be my favorite course. It finally occurred to me after all this time that I should get behind the camera and see what I could do.
I’ve never taken an instructional photography class and I can’t honestly explain any formal methods of taking pictures. I do what feels right and just go with it. Not exactly professional. I started being interested in macro flower photography. I planted a garden in my yard as well as visiting places that had beautiful flowers.After taking 1,000’s (I am not exaggerating) of flower pictures I started to get more interested in the insects visiting than the flowers themselves. I then began to plant flowers I knew would specifically attract certain insects so that I could capture their photos.
This involved many hours of standing in my yard in 100+ heat waiting to find just the perfect shot. I’d also get closer to things I’d normally not get so friendly with. I became fascinated with entomology. I promised I’d not share my insect pictures because of some squeamish viewers but if you’d like to see them just drop me a line and I’ll link to you. I have to share a couple…just butterflies. Everyone likes those right?
As time passed I became more interested in mammals and landscape photography. I was lucky enough to do some traveling with my husband so got to see some beautiful places and animals.
I also found inspiration close to home too..
These are truly just a small sampling of all the pictures I’ve taken. If so inclined you can see more here. Lately, my pictures are of my son and family. As my son gets older I’m sure we’ll travel more and I’ll make more time to take photos. Already my son is intrigued with my camera and the power to snap a picture. I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
For our feature, Lego Cover Art, I take pictures of all the little Lego mini-figure parts and my husband does the magic in Photoshop to make them into the final product you’ve seen. I’ve played with the idea of showing you a bit of the before and after and more of the process that goes into making the covers. That would be a very long post so for now I thought I’d show you one of the photographs from the last cover, The Winner’s Curse. This is the dagger before it was brought into Photoshop and the final image:
I’d love to hear from you-what are your other hobbies?