Learning to be still

Since intention of this blog is to share what is going on in my little world, thought it was about time to do this post. I have been participating in online photography classes for 2 1/2 years now. It all started when I was going through chemo. It has been a rewarding experience, learned a lot, and most importantly have met some beautiful people in the process. This year I’m participating in a class called Be Still 52, with Kim Klassen. She is the person I took my first online class from and she continues to inspire. Be Still is a year-long course with a class each week. It focuses on Still Life photography, but because its Kim, it is of course much more than than. I am in week 4 and thought I’d share this week’s lesson with you. We were asked to explore points of focus, move around, try different angles, and different processing techniques. One of my goals for this class is to define/refine my own sense of style. To that end, the above picture is my favorite point of view. I like looking in, cropping the image tight, with a shallow depth of field. My intent is for the viewer’s eye to move into the image. The image was taken 105 macro @ f/4.5, ISO 200 @ 1/160 sec.  I also applied Kim’s preset ‘like a dream’ while processing.

I am of course exploring other points of view and processing techniques such as these:

All three of these images are taken from above, looking down. It’s a great point of view to really study elements in an image. The top left I focused on a bit of the flower blossoms. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 1/250 sec. I used Kim’s preset ‘olden days’. I like the vintage feel that preset gave the image.

The bottom left I moved things around slightly, and focused on more of the flower blossoms. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200, 1/320 sec. No preset or texture was applied.

The image on the right I focused on the book. Taken w/ 35 @ f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 1/320 sec. I also applied Kim’s ‘waterfront1’ texture – but removing the texture from the tea, book, and flowers.

So much to learn but I am enjoying the process and the camaraderie with my fellow sister photographers. I am truly grateful.

Have you taken any online classes? What has been your experience? Thanks for stopping by.


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11 Responses to Learning to be still

  1. Really made me smile to see these, love the color combo so much. Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I am also partial to this kind of crop. I am really glad to be sharing this year and the class with you.

  2. Carol – your images are lovely – that pair of glasses drew me right in! I’ve been taking kim’s classes all along too…though I sometimes fall behind in the lessons! One of the prime reasons why I signed up for bestill52 is that, though I may lurk in the background sometimes, I would miss all the familiar names/faces/sense of style of all the others I have come to know if I did not have a weekly class to visit!

  3. Gail O says:

    Hi Carol!
    Great post! I started taking Kim’s classes with Photoshop Essentials and found her style of teaching so enjoyable and understandable for me that I. continued with Beyond Layers and Beyond Beyond and now Be Still 52. I may not be the best participant but I have learned so much! The only other online classes I have taken were Tracey Clark’s “Picture” classes at Big Picture Classes….loved every single one of them and I still miss old Shutter Sisters blog:)

  4. Dotti says:

    I vowed to make time to say hello today. I read your ‘dinner out’ and loved it but never got back to comment, {I was reading my iPad while on the treadmill. That’s how I keep up with my blogs.} Anyhow, you have done some beautiful work here, Carol, but I think the uptop photo is my favorite. I love the softness. And you’ve made me realize how much I’m missing because I’ve only done the first week. Summer vacation starts Monday and I’ll have Miss C during the day. I’m determined to find a rhythm that meets her needs but doesn’t neglect my own … which means doing ‘Be Still’. So, yes, I will go join you in re-reading week 1! Have a splendid weekend, my friend!

  5. Viv says:

    I love your props Carol and I too am trying new points of focus that is the joy of Kim’s class room to breathe. Have a great weekend…

  6. Shanna says:

    Lovely variety of perspective and DOF with beautiful tones.

  7. Jessica says:

    I am partial to a tightly cropped photo too and I think that top one is my favorite too. I was having trouble getting a set-up to work — it was like it was fighting me, you know? And then I switched to my 100mm macro, got tight, cropped out a lot of the props and then it all seemed to come together. I think that vantage point is more natural, like you were there glancing over at something. You know?

    This is my second class from Kim. I started online classes with Susan Tuttle — right after her first photoshop book came out (at least, what, four years ago?) !!!

  8. Cheryl says:

    I love the looking in one also…I’m just starting lesson 4 today.. I’m also in s2f but I’ve let that one go until the summer when I have more time…Kim is a fantastic teacher and I’m so happy to be sharing this class with all of you.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend Carol.

  9. Cathy says:

    Lovely photo Carol. And I really like that you posted your camera settings. I am enjoying the class a lot and you are right, it is not all about photography. Kim is so full of goodness!

  10. Love these tones in all of these photos! Gorgeous!

  11. Carol, This is my first visit to your blog, and I am enjoying the stroll through your images and words. I am a huge fan of Kim’s. I am taking Start to Finish and so wish I could take Be Still – but there are budget constraints. I’m enjoying the work of lovely photographers such as you. Your photos from above are artfully composed and I appreciate your including your camera settings. I’ll stop by for another visit soon!

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