Photo Day

Yesterday was Flickr.com’s  24 hours of Flickr Day, encouraging people to take photos and post them to Flickr eventually choosing just one as their best shot of the day.  I took about 330 photos over the course of the day, from my after-midnight shots of cinnamon rolls

 to the photos of the parking lot at Stop & Shop.

I found it to be a useful exercise — not least of which because it showed me just how little I know about photography.  I take good photos for an amateur, but I have no idea how to bump my photography to the next level.  It’s something to work on this summer.  I feel that being a photographer does improve my skill as a poet — that taking photographs of things, and finding the right words to describe them, helps me focus (ha ha) the inward eye.  Ben has suggested that I get an SLR camera at some point, and I’d like to.  I think I need to learn how to use the camera I have, first. Then I’ll progress to the more elaborate camera.

Part of the reason I want to take photos is that I discovered by accident this past week just how useful a photograph can be.  A kid was asking me what a word meant — mail, as it so happens, — and so I went online to find a photo of it.  A few minutes later we found photos for damsel, and scullion, and lance, and hauberk, and a variety of other words connected with Arthurian legend.  In ten minutes we looked up 50-60 words, which would have easily taken up 20 minutes or more of dictionary time.  It was awe-inspiring how quickly this kid picked up the words.  

Anyway, I haven’t finished key-wording or setting all of my 138 photos so far, but I have created a link from there to here, and of course there is a link from here to there.  (Flickr: Photos from anselm23) So, please go check out my photos and tell me which ones you like.

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2 comments

  1. It’s strange, in the last few days I’ve encountered a lot of people online talking about wanting to improve their photography skills. I’m one of them.

    Buying the SLR camera is on my list, as well as taking a couple of classes. I could learn it in a book, but in my experience, things like art and music are a joy to learn in a classroom setting because I’ve been fortunate to have teachers in love with their craft, making it more personal. Having a teacher give you practical experience knowledge as well as the “book learning” part makes for such a rich experience that I’m glad I have the luxury of taking classes when I want to.

    I really want to be able to capture the image I’m seeing in my mind’s eye. An online acquaintance introduced me to the concept of boke (bokeh), which I had always liked about photography but didn’t realize it had a name (google it, pictures and someone who knows what they’re talking about can explain it far better than I can).

    Will definitely check out your pictures. I need to take some shots of the studio now that I’m actually getting close to completion – yaaay!

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