Friday, June 8, 2012

New Hobby... Definitely? Maybe...

I don't have many hobbies I take seriously.  I'm a flake like that. I would like to devote some time to improve my sewing skills, my other miscellaneous crafting skills, getting aerobic certified, and I sincerely love reading, but with the mom gig, the part time job thing, the I'd rather work out and blog or write thing, and then of course the trying to keep the house orderly and a place the Spirit can dwell with all the never ending laundry, dishes, and cooking that is part of family life thing, there doesn't seem to be much time for anything else.  And let's face it, in order to get good at anything - you have to work and work and work at it.  Time is of the essence.  And effort too I suppose.

So, like most people I have done the P word.  Prioritize.  Yeah, it's no fun - but it's part of life.  A lot of my priorities change and get rearranged, but one that doesn't is family.  And one thing that I am obsessed with doing in regards to family is documenting everything that happens.  Before the days of digital photos, I was always carrying around a hand held camera, developing film (freshman year, we spent hours after school in the black room of the Photography studio but try as I might, I don't remember how we developed the film anymore), and capturing the moments of my teenage years, all whilst journaling about it here and there in a diary of some sort, and later with the world of xanga (a type of blog way back when) and blogger.

Somehow, I was meant to become Mormon because upon doing so, I realized how much this hobby of mine is actually encouraged in the Church!  The Church History Library has just TONS of journals from the pioneer treks made back in the 1800's, along with a lot of family history preservation from old journals. It's all so fascinating to me, probably one of the reasons I love reading fiction based on actual historical events surrounding the Chinese Americans coming to America (think Joy Luck Club, Mona in the Promised Land, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Shanghai Girls, Fifth Chinese Daughter....and so on and so forth).

So upon reflecting on my interests in documenting, I thought I should maybe learn how to use that expensive camera Andy's parents got us two Christmases ago (that has been collecting dust and is not used often).  With my iPhone and small point n shoot, it's been overlooked often.  Yesterday, I started my self learning by reading free tutorials online and learning all about aperture (a hole that lets in light), shutter (the speed the camera opens and closes to take the photo), and ISO (no idea what it really means just know it's all about how much light which confuses me from aperture but hey, I'm a work in progress).  Of course I wanted to just buy an app with all my iTunes birthday money ($15 from Andy and $25 from work) for just $9.99, but Andy (the logical and even more frugal one) convinced me to explore the online world of free first.

Here's my first attempt.  At what?  I'm not sure.  Still learning.  It's a new hobby.  Definitely!  Well... maybe.  (ps that's one of my favorite movies - Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds!) And for selfish reasons (to document my family life), because who wants to pay someone else to do it when you can do it yourself?  Not me!

I know I'm 3/4 Asian mom, but really.. this is kinda too yellow, even for me. 

Just sitting over here with Daddy looking at the Lake mom! 


Lauren said...

That's my plan for the summer as well! Cameras are kind of confusing, but hopefully I'll figure it all out in the end. I found a pin with an Stanford's photography course online for free, so I'm going to use that as a guide. Good luck on your photography adventures.

P.S. I LOVE Definitely, Maybe too! Mostly anything with Ryan Reynolds is great in my book.

Larry Williams said...

Hi Daisy!

I Enjoy your posts. I too am working on learning to use a nice camera. One secret I learned, take your camera off the green automatic setting then read all the onscreen menues. You learn a lot that way. Thanks for writing!

SupaFlowaPowa said...

Thanks Larry - you're too kind! I'm so lucky - got to the new Church and they are having a Relief Society activity with photo taking tips, what a tender mercy! I will keep the green automatic setting in mind, and thanks for stopping by.