Dragon Lore - Perhaps the Gods Can Help
There is much I need to resolve about my knitting and my photographs.
First the photos. I struggle with lighting and exposure.
When I take my photos on cloudy or overcast days, they are flat and dull. When I take them on sunny days they are too contrasty and overexposed. I play with aperture, white balance and doctor them up in iPhoto. (I know, I know, I have Photo Shop. I just don't think my poor little laptop can be pushed any further. The whole thing may crash if I try to load the program. Besides, the photos should be better right off the camera - not requiring major surgery!) I just can't get that same amazing quality that I admire on other blogs - like Cara's, Jared's, or countless others.
Can anyone recommend any photo books, or blogs or websites, with good, easy for the lay person to understand information? I've thought of taking a photo class, but fear I would have to sit through countless hours on composition (I've been through four years of art school), or worse, how to load photos onto a computer. What I really want to know is how to manipulate light to make it work for, not against me.
The dragon above, according to DD#1, is Japanese. She can tell from the number of toes, three. He's a sea or river god.* In eastern lore dragons also symbolize change. That makes sense, since water often brings change, rebirth, cleansing, but water has a dark and dangerous side too. I'll keep this dragon by my side as I knit. I need his help, to change my wandering ways.
You see there was Demi. At first she was so seductive. But those twisted stitches, how they taunt me. Then, cleaning through my WIPs I came across this lovely Celtic cable that I started last winter. I put it aside in the spring when the weather got warm. Now its calling me back for a quick fling. But Demi deserves better, she is so beautiful. Oh, my restless heart.
So what do you think? Do I finish Demi, push through my mental games and finish her? Or do I follow my wandering heart and and finish the Celtic cable? I will follow your collective advise.
*See Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" . You won't regret it.