Rainbows + Serendipity
Over the weekend my husband and I chatted about photography because of pretty pictures he took of a rainbow in San Francisco during Friday’s rainstorm with his two-month old Samsung phone.
In passing, I mentioned that someday I still wanted to learn how to use my DSLR better.
I never imagined that someday would start today!
While catching up on emails after I made the DSLR comment, I stumbled onto Vivienne McMaster’s Beloved Camera Class. In it she focuses on teaching the technical stuff (including aperture + shutter speed–yay!) in a playful, right-brained way.
I was tempted, but worried about the time it would take with daily emails. Not to worry, Vivienne suggests 30 – 60 min per week. Still, I have a tendency to immerse and didn’t want to get side-tracked from writing commitments.
Leg + Feet Self Portraits
Day 1: PLAY!
I was right to worry about time away from writing, at least today. My 10 min photo play-break went long because I had so much fun and was so pleased with the results!
I’ll have to set a timer tomorrow!
First, I was attracted to the early morning light filtering through sheer curtains in a dining room window I sit near to write.
One image inspired me to glitter my eyes.
And then I danced at my pole, camera in hand.
Snapping photos. Eyes closed. Eyes opened. Stopping periodically to peek at the results. Mostly to ensure I wasn’t only photographing the top of my head, shoulder or solitary side of my cheek.
This magic moment hinted at a stunning photo just outside the lines. So I kept dancing + shooting. I hoped to capture the whole pendant, smile and glittery eyes.
Though I didn’t reproduce this particular photo, I made more art.
And I did catch the crescent moon pendant, my magnificent metalized eye lids, my brilliant blue eyes and many smiles in several different images.
Here’s a link my smugmug gallery of 13 favorites
(or view slide show below).
DSLR Dancing Self-Portrait Slideshow
Dare You to Take a 10-Minute Self-Portrait Dance-Break
Have you ever taken handheld photos of yourself while dancing?
If not, give it a try.
If you own a nice point + shoot or digital single-lens-reflex camera pull it out and use it instead of your mobile phone camera.
The results may pleasantly surprise you like mine did.
Dance + play with no agenda. Move to Music. Explore. Experiment. Make yourself laugh. Make up a game. Tell your story to the camera.
Peek at the results (huge benefit of digital cameras!) and let them inspire + influence you.
Most all, have fun. And enjoy the beauty of YOU!