Month: July 2017

Composition

Composition

Today I did a photography composition workshop at http://www.wearebkc.com in DUMBO.  We spent a few hours studying composition and then went out to make some photos. It was fun to analyze famous paintings and photographs and what makes them successful, compositionally speaking.  Some of the things to keep in mind when creating a photo are lines, shapes, color contrast, texture and placement (rule of thirds etc) to name a few.  It was bloody hard!

Below are some of my photos from today’s class.  It was such a great time and hard work!  Not quite sure if I achieved my goals but it sure was a lot of fun.

Focus

Focus

Tomorrow I do an all day photography workshop on the “Art of Composition.”  I’m excited to learn more about how to see and create a good photo.  I have already gone to a composition seminar and have been reading a lot about the essentials of photography.  I’m happy to be going into the work shop with a little bit of knowledge so that I’m not completely lost.

I must confess that it’s been hard to manage my time with music, photography, videography, family life and self care.  I love all the creativity but I can get a little OCD about new things and I let the music and everything else fall to the side.  There is a real art to managing one’s time.

I am not good at managing my time.

 

 

 

Create More

Create More

I wanted to shut down and watch Netflix tonight.  Just as I was about to open up good ole Netflix, I remembered a line from a photography blog I’ve been reading http://erickimphotography.com/blog/start-here/ he says, “create more.”  I picked up my staff paper and wrote another line of counterpoint.  It was hard and I wanted to quit but I realize that I always feel better when I do a tiny bit more.  Also, time is really whipping by in a way I have never experienced (A side effect to getting old).  I want to grab every opportunity to create more!

Owls At Night

Owls At Night

 

Over the past year I have created a new trio with violinist Dana Lyn and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. This is a completely new thing for me because I not only singing but also playing the piano and composing all the music. THIS IS BIG! Not to get into too many details but in a previous post, I talk about not playing piano for almost 15 years (yup). I started to play again about six years ago and I have finally mustered up the courage to play in public! This trio is the result of my courage.

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