Sometimes Vickie sends me the coolest things…
Google Chrome is what I use as my base for the internet. One of the widgets I keep there is ‘Artist of the Day’. From his website Big Paper Airplane:
Ethan Murrow received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina. He shows his work nationally and internationally. Upcoming solo shows include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Winston Wachter in Seattle. Recent solo exhibitions include, Winston Wachter in New York City and Obsolete in Los Angeles. Ethan’s short film, “Dust,” was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. Ethan’s work is in many collections worldwide including the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been reviewed and published widely, including recently in the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times. Ethan is currently a full time faculty in painting and graduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2010, Ethan also served as the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist and Teacher at Carleton College. His writing work appears regularly in theHuffington Post.
His work is really fun. This one is titled ‘Sled is responsive, soft landing in
Vickie, where do you find these things?!
I am stoked!
The past three + years I’d become one with my camera, a Canon PowerShot G5. The manual is dog-eared, very dog eared. I learned about depth-of-field. I learned about shutter speed. I bought a flash for it. I bought a camera bag. I had home-made gels. I audited several of Nate’s courses and got to spend time in the awesome photo lab at University of Colorado-Denver. I listened to photography podcasts and checked out recommended books from my library. I had reached a point where I could visualize an image and – every once in a while – make it happen. Then the LCD screen broke, the beginning of October during the beautiful country wedding of Nate’s childhood friend. In spite of Rick handing over his pocket point-and-shoot, I have felt very handicapped.
The experts told me my camera was ‘antique’ and I should do some consumer shopping. What?! I wanted My Camera! Besides, the camera of my dreams wasn’t in the budget. I ordered a new LCD screen, which Rick – bless his heart – attempted to install. It broke during that attempt. :::sigh::: It had reached the old car point; does one spend more money to fix it or wait until one can afford a new one. I decided to wait until I could afford the camera I really want. A (used) Canon 40D. I’d work on composition in the meantime and be grateful Rick handed his camera over.
One day as I was cursing my knee and that little camera, attempting to snap the shutter, a light bulb went on. I remembered Julie saying something to me a couple of years ago. “I should have you teach me how to use my camera. I have one just like that and I cannot use it.” She had a small point-and-shot when we met in Seward. It was nothing like My Camera. Did she still have that camera like mine? Yes!
It arrived Friday. I feel like a kid that believes in Santa Claus on Christmas morning! I was grinning from ear to ear that night. It’s a little older model than My Camera. Some of the bells and whistles are in a slightly different place. Julie had complained about the photos being fuzzy. I poured myself an IPA and started to play. Soon it felt almost like My Camera. I started by checking the fuzzy photo problem. I waited for the camera to focus before pressing the shutter all the way down. No fuzzy photos. I set the camera on the tripod and attached the flash to the hot-shoe. It worked!
Rick! Take a picture of me for Julie!
Posing, I was taking photos of him as he took photos. At one point my flash went off just he snapped a photo…
I am so happy! Thanks Julie! You’re the best!