Photo Friday: Quick & Dirty in 50mm

Tonight’s goal was just to get my camera in my hand and actually shoot. I affixed my 50mm prime, snapped a quick and dirty self portrait, snapped off a shot of the Wife as she tried to sneak past me, and then fiddled with a few more shots while she sat on the couch watching one of her mystery shows.

QnD Self

I almost look irritated with myself

I didn’t stop to think about lighting, lenses, poses, or any of that crap, I just wanted to start shooting. Camera in hand, snap snap snap. Period. In the self, I just stood under the kitchen light and held the camera out at arm’s length.

QnD Melissa

Less than thrilled

The Wife came into the kitchen to get something out of a cabinet, so I got in her face. She just loves it when I take her picture when she’s tired after a long workday. She may not dig this photo, but to me it was her at that moment. Screw the focus, I got her.

Watching Poirot

She gets pretty good at tuning me out

I just kept shooting for this one. No screwing with the background, no posing. Just point and click. I did rearrange my focus point, jack up the ISO, and play with the exposure metering, but again, prime focus was just to get some shots. Clickety-click, the Wife at the moment.

Like the running habit, like the writing habit, I need to develop the photo habit. I’ve done well with Photo Friday this year compared to last year, and there’s still hope of hitting 52 weeks’ worth of shots, even if I do a few catch-up shots to make up for it. Continue to keep the camera at hand, probably with just the 50mm to keep it simple.

I’ll finish this year strong and decide what I’m going to do next year. I’ve done the self portrait thing, so maybe I’ll try to document something. The options are endless.

I just need to take the damn pictures.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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