However, other than a 2 minute introduction (put the film here, press this button to take the shot, here's how to adjust the focus) to a totally manual 35mm SLR when I was editor of my high school yearbook, I've never had any sort of formal instruction. I could tell that some of the photos I took were rotten and others better, but I didn't know why. A few on each roll of film were what I considered good. And, about every 5 rolls of film, I took something better than good - more or less by accident. So, this goal was about finding 10 photos that I'd be proud to tell friends that I took. (I'm also working on a distance learning course in professional photography with the New York Institute of Photography to try to make my photos more consistently turn out the way that I want for goal #41).
When I started working on this goal, I purchased ten frames (8x10" size) in a neutral dull silver color to fill as I went. When I was working on redoing my bathroom, I decided that was the perfect location to display my "frame-worthy" shots. All ten frames are now full, and I will probably end up buying a few more frames (there's still some wall space) to put up. I plan to switch photos in and out of the frames as my mood takes me (I've got eight extras right now that didn't quite make the cut). And here's what's currently in the frames ...
|Hyde Park rose - taken 10/16/10, London|
|Medieval staircase at V&A Museum - taken 10/16/10, London|
|St Paul's Cathedral - taken 10/15/10, London|
|The back side of the parliament buildings - taken 10/17/10, London|
|Steps to cabin - taken 4/29/11, near Burntside Lake|
|Sunset - taken 7/6/11, Burntside Lake|
|Senor Iguana - taken 2/18/12, Tulum|
|Jaguar siesta - taken 2/20/12, Xcaret|
|Lifeguard station just after sunrise - taken 2/17/12, Playa Del Carmen|
|Scarlet Macaw pair - taken 2/20/12, Xcaret|
|Underground waterfall - taken 2/20/12, Xcaret|