What a weekend! I’m sorry I haven’t posted sooner to tell you all about it.
Basically, I took the day off work (the Summer Solstice is a commonly observed holiday – no? hrmm) and flew to Boston last Friday morning to visit an old college friend who’s parents were having a big summer party. Arriving in Boston, to my pleasant surprise, I realized I’d left my Canon Rebel XT in my purse from the night before. Convenient! And yes, for those of you wondering how a large DSLR camera could go unnoticed in a purse – my purse is literally a black hole.
So this post isn’t necessarily about the weekend so much as the pictures I was able to take. It also just so happened to be the weekend of the big parade in honor of the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup. Who is Lord Stanley? Still TBD.
Anywho! As a proclaimed novice when it comes to photography, I’m always hesitant to be the awkward person lugging around a big ol camera snapping pictures of people at random times without permission or knowledge. But conveniently, I’d read an article recently about photography that mentioned that one of the #1 reasons people never get better at taking pictures is that they’re too self-conscious to stop and take the picture. Anyone that knows me should know that I’m not a self-conscious person by nature, but I’ll admit to not having seized an opportunity to take a picture of something really interesting at the risk of the people around me thinking I’m a) taking a picture of them – psh narcissists! or b) just being weird.
The knowledge of that article in the back of my mind, I forced myself to walk around and take pictures of EVERYTHING. Some good, some awful… and I mean just really awful, but some I absolutely love. So if there’s anything you learn from reading this, take pictures of everything people. Memory is cheaper than you think. The great thing about digital photography is that you can take a million pictures and delete all the bad ones (makes people think you’re really better than you are).
Advice #2 – don’t use a fixed length portrait lens unless you’re doing a photoshoot. I didn’t have my zoom lens and was stuck with the new 50mm lens I just bought. I also tended to keep the f-ratio low which looked great when I was taking pictures of just one person, but tended to blur out the person next to them if it was a picture of 2 or more (like in the pictures below where one person is slightly out of focus). Lessons learned for sure.
BIG thanks to all my friends, old and new, for being such great sports about me snapping pictures of you ALL WEEKEND LONG.