It may not be art, but I like it

Lately, all I do is work, parent, clean, and get enough sleep. (When I wasn’t doing that last bit, the first and second bits were not going so well.) This weekend, Boy Detective’s grandmother and aunt were kind enough to kidnap him for a little over 48 hours. I worked only about 5 of those hours, and didn’t sleep enough, which left plenty of hours for me to do… just about nothing. I read all of DC’s 52, went to Tribe Comics and Games twice, and cleared out my feed reader in my pajamas while eating peanut butter toast and watching C-Man paint Warmachine miniatures.

We lead such a fascinating life.

My life has always been boring like this, which is usually okay with me. But before this weekend, my last brief break from the onslaught of work was a recent 2 hour deviation from my normal one track life, on a Saturday morning, while C-Man took Boy Detective to the library and Whole Foods. That didn’t go so well, but I was blissfully unaware of it at the time because I was busy taking a class on how to use my camera.

Do I have a new camera? No. I have an old point and shoot camera whose picture quality is now matched by my phone as long as I’m outdoors. But you see, cameras have these things called settings. The book that came with the camera made my eyes glaze over. I couldn’t decipher it. I did find the button for “flower.” I used it to get a better shot of Boy Detective’s Captain America action figure once when he was climbing the dresser.

Then a Groupon offer showed up for Chimpsy Photo Field Trips. I figured that I could either just give up on the camera and use the phone, or learn how to use the camera. It also seemed like two hours spending something totally different might be a nice change of pace.

The class format was perfect for me. We got a few small, useful tips rather than 75 of them all at once, and then we walked around outside and did stuff so we could see what it meant.

Of the photos I took that day, these are the ones I kept. Angelina asked if I might be able to share them by October when my life will hopefully be less busy, but what the hell, Boy Detective is asleep now and it’s not quite bedtime yet. So here you go. Putting my name on them makes them look less cool, but other original photos I have posted to this blog have been ganked by internetizens, so what can you do.

Too dark, oh well:

string of lights across the sky

Not too dark:

plastic and rattan curtain

It’s hard to take a bad photo of a flower, as long as it’s focused. I was mostly glad the damn bee finally sat still, though I wish I’d gotten closer:

bee in flower

I find this one quite cheerful.

safety cones in a hallway

Oh look, someone’s getting ambitious:

exit sign pointing up

hole in a fence grate

And this last one cracks me up. What the heck am I doing with my fingers? I even have one pinky up like I’m drinking tea.

taking a photo, in a window

Don’t take the self-deprecating comments for more than me entertaining myself. I was quite happy with that I managed to do that day. I also feel like I may take better photos of what I normally take photos of, which is not strings of light bulbs and holes in fences.

5 thoughts on “It may not be art, but I like it

  1. Grace

    I am inspired! I have been whining about the quality of my photos for…years. A class like this would be perfect. I don’t have any need or really even desire to be an artist, but if I could just take some pictures that didn’t suck, that would be great. I’ll have to look for a local Groupon.

    And I like the second photo a whole lot. What is that?

  2. Deidre

    Wow, good for you! I really need to start getting better with my camera – although the truth is I hate it with a passion (my camera that is, not learning, or taking photos!)

    I think these are great.

    I love that you’re very proper while taking photos. a lady never closes her pinky.

  3. Simone

    I take pictures of broken and crumbling things. I’ll manage to get some these to you one day…

  4. Shannon

    Hey, I’m going to work on taking better pictures too. I think yours are very good now. I loved Boy Detective’s socked feet on the green the other day. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to bring the point and shoot or just the phone to the conference. What about you?

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