My husband and I took a trip to Amsterdam over Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend. I’ve never been to Amsterdam before and didn’t know what to expect. Amsterdam was a very pleasant surprise. The city was beautiful, friendly and had wonderful museums and restaurants. Plus, bookstores galore. Win-win.
I visited countless bookstores and bought two books from two places, Waterstones (I was pleasantly surprised and so happy to find a Waterstones in Amsterdam) and The Book Exchange (an English bookstore with three floors of used books). We also explored the many scenic canals.
And visited the flower market.
Sadly, I didn’t bring any tulip bulbs home. Next time.
I did bring home The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett from Waterstones. It’s a detective/mystery novel that features Queen Elizabeth II solving crimes. A very plausible scenario, in my opinion.
I’m both excited and sad for August. August is a calmer month around here, but at the same time it marks the transition into fall. I’m going to try and enjoy as much as possible the last days of summer and I hope you do too.
Here is a little mish-mash of what I’ve read this week. Enjoy!
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I learned a few lessons during my week of taking photographs around town.
Photography is not easy.
When I thought I captured a great image, more often than not it was a poor image.
If I took 30 shots, I was lucky if at least one turned out fine.
Practice and repetition is key.
Taking the same shot from different angles is important.
Natural light is everything.
My Next Steps
I’m going back to reading books and writing books (and writing about books), but I’m not giving up on photography.
I’ve been watching Fundamentals of Photography by the Great Courses Plus. If you don’t have Great Courses Plus, I highly recommend it. You can take courses (without homework!!) on any subject imaginable (writing, cooking, photography, history, law…) taught by preeminent scholars, lecturers and experts. I’m also watching A History of Eastern Europe (fascinating!!). If you already have Amazon Prime, then Great Courses Plus is only $7.99 a month, but you get a month for free to try it out.
I will keep taking photographs, but I will spare you any more of my mediocre pictures.
How did you learn your photography skills? Do you have any lessons to share?
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PrettyCityLondon by Siobhan Ferguson made me dust off my camera!! (I haven’t used it in years. I blame phone cameras.) This book has motivated me to once again explore the world I live in through the lens.
This is such a fun book to read. And it’s fun to browse through the beautiful photographs of the various London neighborhoods. The book is worth it alone just for the fun and whimsical photographs.
It’s divided in four sections: Photography Tips, Neighborhoods (Belgravia is my fave), Pretty City London through the Seasons, and Bucket List of Things to Do in Pretty City London.
I’m really excited to get behind the lens again and I plan on sharing some of my photography in a new series next week! xoxo, Jane
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