So, Shimelle had this wacky idea that we should put our cameras on the ground and use the earth or floor as a tripod. While I was considering that idea, my cat JJ started rolling around begging to be photographed! I was really pleased with this portrait of her. When I went downstairs to take some other ground-level photography, she followed and I took a few more nice portraits while I was laying on the ground, actually looking up at her:
I think the purpose of the assignment was to capture something interesting in the foreground (like the carpet in the picture above), but I also found it a good reminder to change levels and perspective when shooting pictures. I hope to repeat this assignment outside - I'm thinking a baseball game would be an interesting place to do so. I'll add those photos after I take them.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to catch up on some questions posed recently:
1. What type of camera do you use? I have a DSLR - Nikon D50. It's a fairly rare camera that Nikon only made for about a year. The rumor is that someone had a brain fart at Nikon and actually let a camera design (the D50) into production that would accept other types of lenses, not just Nikon lenses. Nikon stopped making the D50 and replaced it with the ubiquitous D40. I love my camera, but it is probably over half way through it lifespan, so I'm thinking about moving up to a D90 at Christmas. Other suggestions welcome! How do I know it's halfway through its lifetime? Check out this database for more information.
2. How can you make a bookmark out of plaster? Well, the plaster I use are cloth strips infused with plaster. They're sold as Rigid Wrap by Activa here in the states. They're used in paper mache and mask making, but they're similar to the wraps used to make medical casts. I reconstitute the plaster by adding water, and I can make it more or less pliable depending upon the number of sheets I use together and how much water I use. I first learned about plaster in a class I took with Judy Wise, and you can read more about my various plaster creations by clicking on the plaster tag on the left.
P.S. Anyone want to come and wash my windows? There's some pretty obvious nose prints on them!
Meanwhile, I spent Saturday and Sunday watching DS Henry's Juniors All Star team compete in the Sectional Tournament. They're currently 2-0 and play Monday night in the semi-final game. The competition has been pretty tough; they've won both of their games by just one run, but they're hanging in there. Even though Henry's not having his best tournament, it's a good team and they're moving forward. Here's Henry on the mound:
Thoughts of good luck gratefully accepted!