Back to square one? Well, not exactly... but I sure haven't taken any pictures this last year. Between breaking my ankle, starting a new job, my mom moving, and now frigid cold... I haven't done much with taking pictures.
My husband saw a Photography course on www.shawacademy.com.. he posted it to my Facebook account. I signed up for their beginning Photography course, and am through Week 1 of 4 of an Introduction to Photography. There were two hours of class this week, and after each hour my husband asked me, "Did you learn anything new?" I laughed and said, "No, but it is a good refresher for me."
I am enjoying it. So far we have learned about the different types of cameras and different lenses (focal lengths, telephoto and fixed lenses). I use a telephoto lens but rented an 85 mm fixed lens one time and took the following picture. What is fascinating about this picture to me is how in focus the branches of the tree are. I tried out this lens because of the larger aperture opening (smaller f/stop number). This causes the background to blur and the items int he foreground to be in focus. It is a good way to take portraits (so I'm told). Portrait photography isn't that interesting to me... but at the same time I love taking candid photos of people and capturing their personality and essence.
Anyways, I ramble and digress. Enjoy this photo that I took with an 85 mm fixed lens.