Learning a Lot About Myself

I like to shoot photographs just for myself. Photographs that have a meaning and/or I would like to have in my home for one reason or another. As of late, I have had a really hard time being inspired. But this past week, I learned a lot about myself. I have signed up for couple of online photography classes through CM University. This past Monday, Photographing with Heart & Vision with the beautiful and talented Jodi Arego, started. What a week I have behind me! A lot of emotions have been released and I am reminded why I love photography so much. Not only do we photograph in this class, but we journal a lot.

The first thing we were to do was to pull some old photos from our archives. Believe me, I have a lot of them. I had a hard time narrowing them down. But one photograph stood out to me. It may not be much, but I like the shot of this particular cactus because of the location (right in front an Old Chapel in Apache Junction).

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Believe it or not, but the above photograph gave me some inspiration. I love creating images with a great depth of field, so I purchased some flowers to photograph. I pulled out my 90mm Tamron Macro lens to shoot with some depth...here is the result:

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For our first week's final image we were to take an image based on the emotions we experienced throughout the week. After much contemplation and thoughts going through my head and heart, I took the below image this afternoon:

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I chose this composition in black and white to put the emphasis on the books/titles rather than the surroundings. These books represent what makes me, me. I enjoy thriller/suspense/murder mysteries, but also have a heart for Jesus. There, I said it. The book "Jesus Calling" I received from a precious photography friend who I met this year online through CM (thank you sweet Carrie).

I am looking forward to week two of "Photographing with Heart and Vision" and I know it will help me get back on track with my personal photography.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)