Who is this “Hot Sam” Anyway?
This is a continuation of my previous blog on my field trip to Hot Sams with the Twin Cities Photography Group.
I decided to start experimenting with my camera controls one at a time to better understand what they do. I started with my aperture setting and let the camera automatically set the ISO and shutter speed.
I did learn a few things about how the aperture settings control how much light is let in and how much of the picture is in focus. But I also learned, from the automatic adjustments my camera was making that I need to get control of those settings too because I didn’t like what it was doing with the ISO setting and how it was trying to compensate for low light and was overexposing my photos.
Of course, with Photoshop, I can “fix” some of those problems but I want to get the shot I have in my brain and not have the camera override me.
I’m still figuring out Photoshop too and like to play with fun effects, like messing with colors.
Anyway, I learned a few things on this outing and had a fun time looking at the unique stuff at Hot Sams.
I know… kind of ugly but there was something about her… Maybe the roughness, the imperfections that I think made her seem uniquely beautiful. She was chipped and all, but I thought she had attitude and personality.
I was also attracted to pieces that could possibly be used for a birdbath. The stuff I see in garden stores just seems so unimaginitive. If only Jill of “Jill’s Life” lived closer I’d buy one of her concrete birdbaths. (If you stop by her blog, be sure to check out her new puppy. Adorable!)
Since I can’t find what I like in stores, I want to create something and add my own touch to it. I super duper loved this fountain but can imagine the $$$$ kachinging.
I, of course, found some horses lying around. I wish I hadn’t left my cowgirl hat in the car…
So many old automobiles to look at and contemplate from various angles. Too many to show all of them here.
When I took this shot, all I saw was a rusty mirror. But now I’m thinking how cool it could be. My friend Sue can do wonders with rust and I started to imagine the metal with the teal-like colors she adds to some of her work.
Next time I go to a place like Hot Sams or simply return there, I’m bringing models. Volunteers? Come on! Opportunity to play dress up!
Hopefully, by the time I do something like this again, I’ll know a bit more. But for now, I’m enjoying the experimentation and learning process.
OMG that place looks cool!!! If you go again and want an assistant– lemme know!
What a great place to play with a camera! LOVE the mirror, too.
What a great place! The mirror picture is wonderful. I am taking a beginners camera class this fall and looking forward to it!
Such an outstanding collection of photos. Good idea. Take a model dressed in some period clothing.
I have photoshop elements….love it but don’t use it enough. Do you have a mac?
Wow ~ that place looks so awesome! Where is it? You will have to lead a field trip there:-) You have a natural eye for photography, so it is great you are picking up new techniques, etc. Really cool pics!
Way cool photos! That seems to be a great place to go! What fun! 🙂
Hot Sam’s looks like a ton of good fun!! Love the images..seeing how you viewed it thru your lens!