Potluck Friday

Here I am sitting at my father’s hospital bedside, my mother sleeping on the recliner. Not being able to take photos–hospitals not exactly my forté–I decided to blog photos I have never posted.

I’m a tad envious of those photographers who can make the most out of the mundane. While I look at everything with sharper eyes since acquiring my third appendage, I am trying to broaden my focus. Really trying!

I’ve learned so much from other photographers such as expanding my topics, working a subject, and trying different techniques and tutorials. I wish I had more time to practice my craft, but this work obligation always seems to come first.

I have even had suggestions from bloggers to: Show us your photos of people, of faces! As I had mentioned above, I am striving to broaden my knowledge. Living in such a small town, there’s not much opportunity for good people studies–at least interesting ones. People in flip flops, bathing suits, and beach chairs don’t always make for good photos. I need to go to the city for better subjects.

I did wake up very early one Wednesday morning to drive into Atlantic City to try a little people photography, but I chickened out: Where do I park without getting harassed? Will someone abscond with my camera? A woman alone in AC–am I crazy? What if someone sees me taking their photo? After 20 minutes of this rationale, I drove home.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Here in front of all the gods and all the world, I vow to do some street photography in 2012!

Pinky promise! Pasa buen dia!

Daily Gratitude: a nice text message from my Saturday friend

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.


26 thoughts on “Potluck Friday

  1. I agree with Rebecca, you have a very good eye for composition and these are beautiful pictures. As for taking pictures of people, I know I wouldn’t have the nerve to do it, I feel uncomfortable taking pictures of houses on the streets so imagine taking pictures of people…

  2. I hope your father is feeling better.

    I try to avoid posting photos of people. Ever since I took a photography class, I worry about permissions. . . I’m not well versed in what the rules are for people in a public space.

  3. Sending healing light your dad’s way…
    I love the images you show… people shots are not always easy to get unless you find willing participants or take them in a busy place… Keep up the great work. I love your photos. 🙂

  4. I really like the somber mood of the last shot. As for the street photography, it takes a while to build up the nerve. I still have a hard time shooting people and seldom do. You just have to gradually work into it. Try taking photos at a public event such as an arts festival where people are a little more relaxed and are used to cameras being around. I’ve found that most people, especially in the city, as you mentioned, don’t mind their picture being taken, and might not even notice if they are busy doing something.

    • Dave–yeah, I do have to build up the nerve. My 93-year old fther-in-law often sits in Rittenhouse Square to smoke a cigar and students often ask to take his photo! I really am too timid for that!

  5. These are great images. 🙂

    I don’t shoot people (with the camera…lol!). I should say I rarely shoot people. Having experimented, I decided people were just not my thing. I do okay with family because I love them, but strangers? Not really. It requires quite a stretch or a bit of serendipity for me to do a good portrait or catch a good street scene. But you may find out you’re very good at it. Wishing you fun and luck with your 2012 goal.

  6. This is a wonderful selection of images Terry. I especially like the boat picture, the tulip one and the misty water one – oh and the grass at the top – and, well, all of them 🙂

  7. I read this just minutes ago…Its for you!

    Devote yourself to an idea.
    Go make it happen.
    Struggle on it.
    Overcome your fears.
    Don’t you forget: its your dream.

  8. Beautiful shots, Terry! I especially like the fog shot at the end. Like you, I struggle to break out of what I am comfortable shooting and venture into the unexplored. I’ve learned so much from observing others, but now I need to train my ‘eye’ to see in a different way. I’m looking forward to your new visions. 🙂

  9. You’ve got a really good eye! Your composition in these photos is very nice. Like you, I currently live in a small town (SE Texas -bleah – I’m a Montana girl). Probably why I spend my hard-earned income on taking photo-related vacations out west. You know, you don’t necessarily need to go to a big city to get images (although that’s a great venue with lots of photo ops). I just put up my Christmas tree yesterday (after a 2-hour post-Thanksgiving-meal nap) and took some interesting shots of the tree with the lights on. I’m going to be attaching them to a blog in a little while to show people what kind of shots they can get for the holidays without having to go anywhere. Keep up the great work!

    • Rebecca–thanks. In a small town, I would only be taking photos of tourists or people I know! Our vacations are filled with photo-taking sessions too! Great ideas for looking within the home for subjects. You’ve sparked some ideas in this tired head! Pasa buen dia, Rebecca.

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