Freeze Frame


Just a quickie post to update anyone who might be interested on my school shenanigans…

I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short time…almost 4 weeks to be exact!  I also keep learning how much I don’t know!

Some of you heard me whine mention the rigorous school schedule I have.  One day was particularly rough, a sunrise shoot with a Canon tech rep at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Reserve in Stevensville, Montana.  This required a 3:00 am wake-up and shoot, then class from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm!


Besides getting to play with $11,000 lenses, this was really a lesson in exposure and later a lesson in Lightroom using something called the gradient tool (I’ll never look at landscapes the same again).  And I seem to have a thing for dead trees?


Just after we think we’ve got the technical stuff down, they teach us to break the rules!  One of them was photographing out of focus.  I have to say that I actually love that, it gives a photo a beautiful ethereal feeling.  I loved the below photo so much that it was my choice for printing class.


I was excited to learn a little bit about night photography, it has the potential to be so beautiful.  This shot is of the old 9th Street bridge in Great Falls.


And we are learning fun stuff like painting with light.  I did the below photo in my walk-in closet with a mirror and two types of lights.  Talk about fun (and harder than it looks since you can’t tell what your have done until after the photo processes in the camera).


How about this technique?  It’s called ghosting, for obvious reasons.  Insanely cool!  What do you think of my orange pot?  Found it at a second hand store, love at first site for me!  (BTW this is my place and that TV tray was acquired from a little dumpster diving and is my “dining room table” for now.


We also did a field trip to the Augusta Rodeo, the lighting was horrible so I practiced panning with a slow shutter speed, cool huh?


We have finally started doing studio work, I have my second studio lab tomorrow, yeah!  I’m also working on a big mid-term slide show.  The criteria: 20 to 30 slides, with a theme, set to music and will be shown to the entire school!

Here’s a hint of what my slide show will be about…I haven’t got it all buttoned up yet but I’m getting there.  So far I’ve taken over 700 pictures for it…no really I have, that roughly translates 4 decent shots out of 100.  So I ask myself “am I that crappy? do other photographers take an insane amount to only use a few? or do I just have high standards?.  The answer is probably some of all three!


Time to sign off and get back to homework!  Miss you all!

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10 Responses to Freeze Frame

  1. Oma Lea June 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Love the photo’s. Gummy worms it is. Keep on truckin’ you are good at all you do.

    • Giggles June 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Mom, it’s not all about gummy worms…30 slides of gummy worms would be too much torture for the class.

  2. Juls June 29, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Oh man! Thank you for showing us all these different techniques! I also think the out of focus one is just beautiful! I’m taking it your slide show is on sweeties? How are you taking over 700 pictures of sweeties and not just eating loads of them?!

    • Giggles June 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Juls, I’m so glad you like the out of focus one, it’s on the more artsy fartsy side but I love it. My slide is definitely going to include some sweeties. My classmates are reaping the benefits.

  3. Veronica June 29, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    This is wonderful, thank you for sharing some of your photos from your learning experiences with us–they are stellar!!! My favorites were the night photo and the second one with a tree and mountains in the distance-soo pretty. So I’m thinking your slideshow will be food related! How perfect!

    • Giggles June 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Veronica, You’re totally right about my slide show being about food.

  4. Karen June 29, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Those shots are awesome, Rhonda! Wow, that really is a rigorous schedule you’re keeping. You’re doing great!

  5. CJ at Food Stories June 30, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Wow … I’m so impressed with your photography … It’s just gorgeous … I hope you keep posting 🙂

  6. Lea Ann June 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Love all the photos, and also love that you’re finding the time to keep us updated.

  7. Debra July 14, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I am so envious that you are out there doing what you’re passionate about! It shows in your photos. I cannot wait for you to start posting regularly again. Miss ya!
    (Love that rodeo shot and the bridge photo.)