Monday, January 30, 2012

Part 1 - My Weekend "Photography Mentoring"

This past weekend, I met with local Photographer Adam Turow, for the 2nd session of my photography mentoring. For this session, we met outdoors at a nice historical park called Jockey Hollow, which is part of the Morristown National Historical Park System.  It was a 'warmer day' at 48 degrees. As soon as I got there, I realized the reason he wanted to meet up there. Even in the Winter time, there are plenty of great subjects to photograph!

Adam taught me about lines, texture, composition - and about how to line yourself up & really "think" about the shot before you take it.
I also learned to shoot in "Aperture Priority" mode which I will admit, I never used before Saturday. I always had my camera on full manual up until then thinking that was the only way to go. I love the idea of "Aperture Priority" for outdoor shooting with "non-moving" objects. It's still manual for the most part, but you don't have to worry too much about the shutter speed. I liked loved it.

I also learned how to frame a shot, use my exposure composition setting and white balance setting. [Edit 2/1: I truly meant to write "exposure compensation" setting - but somehow ended up writing "composition" & I just caught it. I guess that's what happens when I multi-task! *Sigh*] 

I really learned how to use my histogram after each shot to see if I got it 'right'. Histogram is amazing once you learn how to read it. I learned soooo much! It was well worth every penny!

Jockey Hollow has some really great historical buildings, structures, outdoor scenery & pretty views. I would love to go back there in the summer time when everything is in bloom.

Here are some of the photos I took. There's a lot. Brace yourself. Sorry! I will also admit to using Lightroom to process most of them - just because I am a Lightroom addict. So as a result, none of these are SOOC.

So I have to ask ... Which picture do you like? 
 I am going to do a smaller follow up post on Wednesday about the Wick House in Jockey Hollow. 


  1. Love these, Skye. Wow. I love what you're doing. Wonderful.

  2. Skye these are wonderful!!! How can one choose? they are all great!!!

  3. I love them all, too! So jealous!! :)

  4. I really like the first one. You doing a great job.

  5. My eye was immediately drawn to the wagon wheels. I love the color AND composition of those two the added bonus of natural texture. Gorgeous.


  6. yay!!!!!! oh, they are ALL beautiful! you did such a great job! i am just so impressed and so excited for you! i think #2 & #5 are my favorites. i just love your perspective on #5. it's a great shot.

    and the new blog look is killer too. there can never be too many pictures of julianna!

  7. yep im diggin the wagon wheel especially the center of the wheel... nice job.

  8. I would say it definitely looks like you are getting your money's worth! If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say the third picture of the wheel...I love the rusty texture and the leading lines.

  9. Wow, I love them all - my fav's the ones that jumped out at me were #1, 2, and 7 - really great job, beautiful light!!

  10. thank you so much for the kind comments everyone!


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