A Fall Visit to Sherando Lake

I have ALWAYS enjoyed taking pictures, and I have taken many pictures since I was a young girl.  As an adult, I had several different cameras.  My first camera was film, my second a digital point and shoot, and most recently a DSLR.  I have really wanted to expand my knowledge in photography.  I really want to use the medium of photography to express myself creatively and maybe even start my own business.  SO, after a recent opportunity to do my FIRST senior portrait session, I have become even more passionate about becoming a better photographer.

The first steps in doing this include learning how to shoot in manual mode and learning how to use Photoshop CS6.  I have attempted to figure out manual mode in the past with no success, but with some determination and practice I am slowly starting to get it.  So as you can imagine with this new passion and knowledge swimming around in my head I am craving opportunities to practice my new skills.

So, this afternoon Matt took me and the girls to Sherando Lake to shoot the girls and the beautiful fall foliage.  I have been doing a lot of shooting in A-Aperture Priority and some in M-Manual.  I have discovered that my lenses aren’t as fast as I would like, especially chasing after a two year old! I am hoping to get a faster lens soon and maybe a new camera as well.

Some of these pics are a little out of focus, not quite as sharp as I would like, and some I’m not sure if the color is right, but I’m just proud of myself for trying and succeeding at shooting my camera manually!  All of these photos are shot in JPEG and have had NO editing!

You can see that we all had a wonderful time, especially Hannah.  She got to run around and explore outside which is one of her favorite things to do.  We met a nice family from Brazil there as well and Hannah got to run around and play with their little boy.  Aleah was a little on the sleepy side but she was content to hang with daddy.  Hope you enjoy!

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