Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kicking some goals

Well, yesterday was one of those rare days, when I achieved everything I wanted to get done. Thie list was only four items long, but each item was a challenge in one way or another.

The List:
  1. Walk 14 kms
  2. Get my brows waxed
  3. Talk to Luey's teacher
  4. Start my photography course

The first one required me walking home from school, back to school, up to my photography course, plus incidental errands... Each leg was fine, it was just staying motivated to start each leg of the walk, and really I found I hate a lot of motivation.

Getting my brows waxed is a commitment I've made to myself in the past year as a way of grooming myself, because for years I let myself go, and there is nothing wrong with letting your brows grow naturally, not shaving, or waxing or whatever, but for me, I found I just feel so much more comfortable and self-cinfident when I've made a bit more of an effort with grooming, it also helps me feel motivated in losing/keep weight off...

I was a bit nervous about talking to Luey's teacher, but I knew I needed to advocate for him, and make sure he was properly understood and not judged as lacking in some way. The teacher was very open to all I had to say, so I felt a lot better for having spoken up. I didn't address the mat time issue, because I haven't seen him on the mat, and he himself says he feels bored, we've talked about being bored and how that balances out with the fun stuff, and he actually seemed to get that, so I'll just wait to hear how things are going from Mrs A...

Finally, starting my photography course. This was the biggest challenge for me. I chose to walk down there to finish up my 14 km walk, but also to give me time to clear my head from the day and get into thinking photography. I think that backfired a little for me, because instead of getting into a photography mindset, I started to fret about what the class would be like, what the other students would be like. Three times on the walk I nearly turned around and went home. My agoraphobia started to rear its ugly head. I managed to suck it up though, and got to the TAFE building. Had trouble finding the room, but met two other students who were also having trouble so we broke the ice finding the room together...

The teacher is great, I really like him. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed already though with apertures and shutters speeds and ISO and what not... We're going through the technical stuff first and working on depth of field and composition and other bits and pieces as we go along...

I have the oldest camera in the class, Canon 350D. About half the class has Canons (all the rest are 400Ds) and about half have Nikons. One student has a Pentax. The teacher is a Nikon snob, but nice about it, so not only do I have "the inferiour brand" but I've got the outdated model, hahaha! Good one!

Everyone else is there to learn how to take better landscape shots or macro natural shots, so I'm the only one wanting to shoot people, and I'm also the only student in my 30s with kids - there are others in their 20-30s there, but they're into shooting landscape and wild animals in Africa/Canada and what not...

I have a feeling that the teacher probably things I'm not particularly serious about photography because I said my favourite subject was kids in their natural setting... Oh well... At least I won't have to impress him then, hahaha!

We're going to use a tripod in a couple of weeks, but also the first 8 of us on the class list have to present some of our work, argh! We'll be presenting it from our memory card, so that means not downloading and deleting - I don't really like that idea. Also it means getting some shots in in that week before presenting, so I'm going to have to make sure I can photograph someone's kids, not just my own, LOL...

I'm really excited I have signed up for this course. I'm not expecting to become a professional photographer from it, or whatever, but I'm sure it'll help me become a better photographer than I am and to make better use of this "old" camera of mine, LOL...

Oh, and having seen the screen on the Canon 400D, I'm now coveting one something horrendous!

3 comments:

Amanda O. said...

Yay for getting stuff done and teachers who value parental imput! Big yay for photography course... sounds like great fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it! But most of all yay for walking 14kilometers AND not turning back despite yourself! I know it's all stuff I'd be jittery as heck about doing or worry about, so I can admire what it takes to do it all!

Juniper said...

Fab news re: the course! Don't let them intimidate you, with their fancy cameras LOL! If they knew more than you, they wouldn't be doing the course! Show offs LOL!

And also yeah re: all the excersise - 14km - OMG! That makes me exhausted just thinking about it!

katef said...

Oh so great to hear about the course and LOL at the Nikon Snob - that is just the perfect phrase because camera people can be so like that I've found! Anyway can't wait to hear more about it and better yet see some of your shots... have to bring my girls over for a shoot!

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