When I first started pictures years ago in the fifth grade, I was taking pictures with 35mm film in a little Kodak Brownie camera similar to the one in this link.

Obviously, photography has come a long way since those early beginnings of my photography hobby. If you haven't been able to tell from my blog so far, I really love to take pictures.

Last year, I was able to purchase a 'real' camera. A Nikon D3100 with 2 lenses. What a treat this has been for me! I have been told that in order to really be creative in my photography ability, I need to learn how to shoot in manual mode. Manual mode? So intimidating!

So last week, with a day to spare, I was able to enroll in a photography class! This was the chance I was looking for. Of course, I could read through books and manuals to try to learn more on my own, but the instructor for this class will be giving us feedback on our photos.

Last night, we were given an assignment to take pictures of water with a slow shutter speed and in a fast shutter speed. Too bad we didn't have a trip to Yosemite planned over the next few days! :o)

So, the kids and I headed over to a place with a nice water feature. Here is what I was able to capture:

 1/250s, f/9.0, iso 250

 1/5s, f/29.0, iso 100
 1/250s, f/14.0, iso 100
 1/10s, f/25.0, iso 100
1/160s, f/9.0, iso 100
I cheated on the last photo. The first four photos here I did shoot in manual mode. However, the last one with the barn in the background, I did shoot it in landscape mode.
So, now to keep trying these settings out and wait for next week's homework assignment! :o)