The Pedal Harp

April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

My entire photography obsession started when I found an ad for a photography class at the local community college. I was probably crazy to sign up seeing as how I am in the middle of my Master’s program, but I couldn’t resist! These photos are from our first photo shoot that we did as part of our photography class. I had so much fun doing this shoot and looking at the pictures it’s hard to imagine that I was crammed in a tiny room with 10 other photographers all trying to get the best shots possible. But, I do have to say that I am very pleased with how my photos turned out!

Which do you like the best? These are only a select few of 150 photos!

I love the pattern of the strings and tuning pins. The harp is such a beautiful instrument! I had so much fun with this photo shoot and I hope you enjoy checking out my pictures!


Winter in Spring

April 8, 2011 § 6 Comments

It has been snowing for the past two days….yes in April. Welcome to Utah! Usually I would be livid (and I kind of am) but it gave me the opportunity to take some really neat pictures!

Today was a big day for me. (And this just goes to show what a beginner I am) but I actually outsmarted my fancy camera today. It’s kind of intimidating to be holding a machine that can, most of the time, take the best shot with the right settings all on its own. But I’ve been forcing myself to take it off ‘auto’ and take care of all of the settings manually. And today, my marvelous brain trumped the machine! Here’s what happened…

As you can see in the pictures, it’s very snowy. Snow means more light reflected off the white surfaces. I knew the camera would see all this ‘whiteness’ as bright light and in turn would automatically close down the aperture (make the hole in the lense smaller to decrease the amount of light coming in). But I knew that I would want a wider aperture, seeing as how it is a very overcast day and there really wouldn’t be as much light coming into the camera as the camera would think! Genius, Michelle! So I took a few shots on my manual settings, and then just for kicks, switched it over to automatic and the shots were way too dark. And there it is, proof that I knew better! My small, personal triumph. Maybe I can be a photographer after all.

Isn’t this tree amazing? I think it’s weeping because it’s winter.

This is the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logan, Utah.

Which ones do you like the best? They turned out darker and not as sharp as I thought they would. Keep in mind I’m a beginner!

Tread Lightly

April 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

I was a little nervous about in a nearby cemetery for fear of having someone see me walking around aimlessly, looking at the direction of the light coming from the sun, trying to spot an interesting gravestone to shoot. I worried people might think I was being disrespectful…I mean, who really wants to have pictures of a gravestone? But, I kept reminding myself that my intentions are purely to capture that mystery that is always found in cemeteries and to truly celebrate the lives of those people that have passed on before us.

I found a neat website of memorial art that I really like. Check it out too!

These photos aren’t publishing as sharp and clear as my original files. Any suggestions? I’m not sure how to keep that integrity intact.

I loved this granite headstone…the textures contrast and the lighting was just right!

The sunlight pouring in seemed to give it a more calming/peaceful effect. It looks like I even caught a little glimpse of a rainbow

I think this is one of my favorite shots from this day..I absolutely love the antique feel and the story the items create

I really enjoyed this shoot…as odd as it may seem to some people. And as I was leaving, I was tempted to stay even longer because I spotted an area in the cemetery that looked so much older than the rest of it. But I didn’t stay, so there may be more coming in the future. Keep your eye out!

Mish Mash

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Expect my first few posts to be a little random, photo wise. I’m still experimenting with and getting to know my camera. Here are just a few pics to start us off….


I love the purple hue in the sky

writing with light

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

so you know the face behind the camera

So I am not typically prone to following trends, and in my opinion blogs are very trendy. So this isn’t going to be just any blog. This blog has been created for the sole purpose of displaying and talking about my photography.

Now, don’t get too excited, because I am a raw amateur. BUT I am VERY excited to have you come along with me on my journey of discovering my own taste and style in photography.

My husband just bought me a beautiful new camera for my birthday present and it has inspired me to stop keeping all of my photos tucked away nicely in a file folder on my desktop. It’s time to share my hidden hobby with the world! As of right now, I really don’t have much to show, but please stick around and get to know how I write with light.

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