I mentioned last week that I was taking a photography class at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. As part of the course we went out to the Moon Randolph Homestead and took some photos to apply what we have learned so far. My photos from that excursion were not well received. It left me a little bummed but also motivated to rock the next critique.
For the next class we had to take a picture of one object from three different perspectives. It could be anything we chose so I chose something I loved figuring if you were more interested in your subject your photos would be better. I decided to take pictures of Harry the Farm cat. These are the three photos I submitted:
I’m happy to report that I received an excellent critique on these shots. The teacher loved how I approached the assignment and was very pleased with each one. Of course the photo with the yawn was a lucky shot – I was just aiming for a photo looking up at Harry but he happened to open his mouth just as I clicked.
Monday is the last night of class and I must admit that I’m sorry to see it end. I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve learned a lot. I’m not operating my camera in auto mode any longer! I’ve also learned how much more I need to learn. In particular I need to really understand how to use flash as the days are getting very short and will only get shorter once we return to standard time. The teacher has directed me to an online video class that will hopefully work for me. I have so much trouble learning since the aneurysm. Even this simple photography class has caused me no end of frustration. I used to be able to memorize anything. Now I have to be told over and over and over again and things still don’t stick. Ugh. The teacher did an excellent job of explaining everything. She was very good.
For the last night of class we are to submit two photos – one utilizing what we learned about composition and another that we feel is a favorite using what we have learned. I have the composition photo chosen but the other one, well, I’d like your help with that. I took a swarm Sherpa the Farm cat photos (erm 234 of them) and I’ve edited a few for consideration. If you wouldn’t mind voicing an opinion I’d appreciate it! These are my favorites out of the lot (in no particular order):
He was a pretty cooperative model which is unusual for Sherpa. He usually is not a big fan of the camera but he did a good job for me today. He posed, he even changed positions now and then. I even got him to move his paws. Although I think his true opinion was this:
No matter. I had fun taking the photos and playing with my camera settings. Each time I do this I learn a little bit more. Don’t worry, he got a bunch of treats for being such a good boy.
So which is the best Sherpa the Farm cat photo?
I thank you for your help!