I’m in a local photography club in Southern Oregon called Banana Belt Photography Club of the Illinois Valley. Which is going into it’s 2nd year as a club. I’ve been fortunate to see Wendy’s posts in our local community FB pages about a photography club and inviting people to come participate and making sure people who like to take pictures, to know, there was a club for just that where we live. I started asking questions and when I attended my 1st meeting and I knew…I so wanted to join. Everyone has been soo kind and fun…a little kooky and a little nutty, like me and it’s just a lot of fun so far.
The club is just a small group of people that gather once a month for meetings, plan outings and adventures around either our area or special trips around the state and address things about photography we’d all like to learn more about. We as a group have many levels of abilities to how we each take photos. I think it’s safe to say, we are totally a group of enthusiastic learners. Each one of us bring something special to the table and I for one, have loved learning things. Things I can say, I never knew about with my camera, and what new things I can learn about my picture taking and photography software. It’s been a lot of fun. What’s nice is, I’m getting to met people in my little town and see more of what Oregon has to offer in and around my little slice of heaven. And this also helped with taking that step out of my comfort zone and I took photos at night. And I for one can say…it’s a sure learning process and one that I’m going to further venture into as I learn my camera better. Now, I have taken some night photos in Florida in 2012, but why not, I was at Disneyland and it was the closing parade. THAT was a blast. Best electric parade and firework show ever.
So, as I’m learning how to be a better photographer and seeing a new found love for trying to take other styles of photography besides working in my light box but working with Adobe’s Lightroom to adjust photos I’ve taken. So here’s some photos, NON-food photos. But things in my garden THIS year. I have loads of photos in and around my home but I’m extremely proud of these that I’ve taken since being in my new found photography club. Thanks to My new friends, Wendy, Anita, LaDawn, Diane, Dixie, Christina, Maggie and Richard. And a special thanks to photographers Gene Rimmer & Jim Heern, that have come out to help us inexperienced newbies and give us pointers, tips and creative ideas and shared some amazing techniques and fabulous insights. I totally enjoy meeting them and am fans of the work I’ve seen they do, which by the way is breathe taking and amazing. And love their help.
Hope you like.
So there was a Lunar Eclipse this week everyone was talking about. I thought wow, how cool is that. But man, wasn’t sure if I wanted to be outside in the dark watching it. But knowing that it’s something I’d never witnessed and was interested in seeing photos of the moon, just didn’t think it would be me taking them…well if it wasn’t for Wendy and LaDawn, I would have just gone on to bed, watched a little TV and then nightie nightie, sleep tight for me…..but OHHHHHH no, HA. I got suckered to going outside after reading Wendy meeting up with a fellow friend Jim from another chapter and his wife, and someone that helped us with the in’s and out with some photography software. She said get my bum out there and invited me to join. Then I see LaDawn’s photo of her tripod on her porch with the camera facing the sky and it got me thinking. I couldn’t really leave the house or go to far because no one knew I’d be outside. So I went up to the family room in the west side of the house above the garage and tried to see the moon between all the Fur trees and that was virtually impossible. Unless I did some hacking and chopped them down myself…so down stairs I went, grabbed my camera, tripod, lens…and memory card of course. Put on my coat, sock (because I was in my PJ’s), hot coffee and out I went. Taking in Jim’s advice about nighttime shooting, I did my best. My 75-300mm lens was being a crapper earlier in the day so I did what I could and nighttime shooting is quite different. But out of about 30 pictures, I got 2 really nice ones and here they are. But you know, some people were calling this a Pink Moon, some people were calling this a Blood Moon, I just say it was a spectacular site that really took my breathe away by taking the time and watching the sky. And kudos to Wendy and LaDawn for the little push, or I would have never witnessed an amazing site. The only weird thing that happened, was 2 little Chihuahuas in the house barking like crazy while I was outside. When I came back in…they were just fine. But I heard them all the way out where I was standing at the end of my driveway.