Sunday, March 10, 2013

New beginnings

Sunset over the Tehachapi mountains from Mojave - I also take a lot of windmill pictures (you will find)
Welcome to my blog. I am new to all this, never having tried to write a blog before. But I am stepping into a world I haven't tried before - the world of professional photography, and I thought I would chronicle my adventures (and misadventures) along the way.
There is a lot to learn, and every time I learn something new, it reveals even more that I need to learn. Luckily I enjoy the process and the challenge of new information and applying it to the tasks at hand.

Willow Springs Filming location - I found it on accident!

I just got a new camera last week, and that has been an adventure in itself. I have had a Rebel XTI for several years and have many, many wonderful pictures with it, but it just had limitations that kept me from doing some of the things I wanted to do with it (mostly shoot in almost total darkness and/or have higher quality portrait potential). So I took the plunge and bought a Canon 7D. I had read reviews, seen pictures taken with it, and thought I was getting an AWESOME camera. But as I took pictures this last week, they were just too grainy for what I expected from this AMAZING camera. What was wrong? I figured there was some setting I just hadn't found yet, so I re-read the manual, looked at the Canon website and checked out some forums that discussed graininess. They were of no help. Grrr! So I e-mailed Canon with my concerns. They let me know that maybe I just needed better lenses, or to use a lower ISO or no filters. Well, the graininess persisted despite all of that, until I happened to push a couple of buttons in random sequence and found the SHARPNESS adjustment page. I knew about the sharpness setting, but I had not found out how to get to it. Sure enough, I raised that up to 6 instead of 3 or 4 (where ALL the pictures styles were set), and the pictures were SO much better. YAY!

The beginnings of a Joshua tree bloom

I am really excited now to get out and see my world through the lens of this new camera. I pretty much take pictures of whatever suits my fancy and I edit them in whatever style fits my mood or the picture itself. So I don't really have a set style of photography that I specialize in, but right now if I had to pick, it would be a combination of landscapes and close-ups. I really am amazed at how wonderfully our world is put together, both on the large scale and the small scale. And when I take people's portraits, I am most happy when I see their real personalities reflected in the pictures.
Well, thanks for reading. I will be in the process of developing my portfolio, a business card, and various and sundry other photography related activities. You can follow along by subscribing to my blog.



  1. Congratulations on your new adventure Kathy! You can count me in as one of your new photographic admirers :)

  2. Cool start. Looking forward to what comes next on your new adventure.

  3. Looks good! I mentioned your blog and linked to it on my blog post for Monday (it goes live at five minutes past midnight) and also added your link to my blogroll (at

  4. I will link your blog to mine...and maybe get back to writing mine again! Congratulations on the new blog and the new adventure!