Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Education : Oh Fair New Mexico

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by Karen Fayeth

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Education

by at 12:14pm

June 25, 2011    4 Comments

On the final day of the San Mateo County Fair, a beautiful blue sky Sunday, The Good Man and I went for a final visit and the intent of procuring unhealthy fair food.

I grabbed my camera to take along, intent on taking some photos of the carnival.

Let’s be honest, carnival shots have been done. A lot. By a lot of photographers that are a heck of a lot more talented than me.

Not only is imitation the sincerest form of flattery, when it comes to photography, it’s the best way to learn. I sometimes spend an awful lot of time figuring out how someone got the shot and trying to replicate it. *click* Nope. fiddle-fiddle-fiddle *click* Nope. You get the idea.

But then, I do finally figure it out. And I get it. Then I understand how it works. I learn a bit more about light and exposure and framing…and…and…and.

And so, the ubiquitous Ferris Wheel shot. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, actually. I like that the edges break out of the side of the shot. This is something my photography teacher has been working on with us.



From there, now that I got it, I branch out to try to get some snaps of things that take on my own style. Learn from the masters then add a layer of my own perspective.

This is my favorite shot from the day:





This one is for my best friend who loves carousels.



Nothing ground breaking here, but a lot of fun. And what’s best, you may not be able to see it, but I can certainly see how my skills are continuing to improve.

As they say, practice, practice, practice.


Comments

4 Responses to “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Education”

  1. Ur Bro says:

    Hey i got the copy of New Mexico magazine. Thanks and great job!

  2. jeanne says:

    Karen, great job on the pics! You seem to really be enjoying your life and hobbies. Hello to TGM! :)

    • Karen Fayeth says:

      Jeanne – Hi! Thanks! We are having a lot of fun this summer. So much going on! TGM says hi back and hug the littlest member of your house! We miss you guys!!