Photo class

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been taking a basic camera operation course at one of the local community colleges. I had taken some rather pathetic photos while working through all the exercises (depth of field, shutter speed, light) but all of it came together last weekend during a photo shoot.

Below are several photos selected from the lot. (Click on the thumbnail to pop open a bigger image.) I’d appreciate comments, especially which one you like and why. (Leap day update: I added names under the photos.)

The firemen statues are in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. The exhibit is very serious, but I thought there could be an interesting caption associated with this particular angle. For example:

F1: "Dude, did you check out Bored But Busy this week?"
F2: "Oh yeah. That Debbie chick is funny. Hairy arms? Wuhahahaha. Oops, almost soiled my pants."
F1: "Don’t worry, no one will notice in this outfit. Uh, oh, Carson’s trying another Thai recipe again… let’s roll."

This was taken with my trusty Tamron (28-105mm f2.8)
zoom lens and an external flash.
(Apologies if the above seemed disrespectful.)

This is the Seattle Seahawks’ stadium. I’ve never been inside, but think the Mariner’s park (don’t ask me why they can’t share a stadium) Safeco Field is much nicer. (16mm fishy, f8).

The silver head is on display at the street level of Seahawks Stadium. (85mm zoom, f5.6) I love the expression. (caption suggestions welcomed.)

This is the bronze counterpart to our silver friend above. (85mm, f5.6)

Artists often have chemical dependencies. Mine (today) was caffeine. This Starbucks, on Occidental and Jackson, was nearly empty. Thus I enjoyed a wide-angle view 🙂 (16mm fishy, f5.6)

This little store is located adjacent to the Snoqualmie Railroad Museum.

Old Store
This reminded me of one of those old postcards with the big general store on the corner. (16mm fisheye, f8)

Yellow Train
The folks in my class really liked this photo because of the contrast between the yellow train and the deep blue sky. (28mm, f8)

Train 2
This was taken between trains at the Snoqualmie Railroad Museum. (16mm fisheye, f5.6)


Red Train

This is another "between the trains" photo. I like the natural wood texture of the caboose, and the shadows are nice.

This was a for fun texture photo, taken about a foot away from the front of the Seattle Post Office building in Pioneer Square. (16mm fisheye, f5.6)




My daughter helped me with these. Most of the Skittles photos didn’t turn out well because I was having problems with focus and the indoor lighting. (105mm macro, f11)



These are corn kernels taken from my pantry. (105mm macro, f5.6)

These are peanuts in a bowl. This is one of my favorite photos of the lot because of the depth. (105mm macro, f8)


Pinto Beans

Pinto beans. Beans beans beans are a wonderful fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot! (105mm macro, f5.6)



These are pecans from my pantry. I was playing with the macro lens (105mm macro, f11), and getting really hungry by this point.

4 thoughts on “Photo class”

  1. You were in my ‘hood!! Did you at least wave? And you did a fine job. (And, I’m sorry, but those firefighters are just screaming for captions and/or holiday costumes… Periodically, they do get adornment but not enough. I’m going over today and ask them if they really do read Debby…)

  2. > Did you at least wave?

    Yes. If I had planned the trip better, I would have invited you to go with… there are a lot of interesting things in that area.

    There’s another people display in Fremont, just past the bridge, that is adorned daily.

  3. Now you’ve got Susan talking to statues. Bad Jim!

    Glad you liked the hairy arm girl story. I don’t talk about it often for obvious reasons, but it was fun to write about.

    As to your pics, I know precious little about photography, but I know what I like. So, I’ll just tell you that I like the way the light touches the cobblestone in “train two”, and for some strange reason, when I look at that same photo, I can almost smell burning fuel.

  4. My favorites are: Red Train for the shadows and antiquity, the Yellow train for the contrast of colors and the pine trees to the right (could almost smell Washington again!), Silver head dude (great expression – makes you smile!), and last, but definitely not least, the peanut grouping. I too like this one of all the food groups becuase of the depth of the picture and the variety of colors. The pecans almost compares but makes the nuts almost look sickly. I’m very impressed with your work especially for a newbie!

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