Covid Photo Journal Beginning

I’m quarantined. What better way to spend time during a pandemic than to stay inside and learn something new. My new thing is photography. I’m taking some online courses and playing around with Jill’s DSLR. I’m also playing around with the idea of a photo journal, or photo essays, to complement my poetry and give me something more documentary to work on. This is the beginning of a journey, a journey that may very well end once this quarantine ends, but it could also be the beginning of a lifelong thing. (I wrote passion, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself)



This is the first real photo I took. I’ve taken plenty of pics with my phone, and I owned a few DSLR’s, but I’m going to consider this my first real photo. This photo was taken after 3 days of procrastination and contemplating whether or not this should be something I attempt seriously. I actually like this photo. I was shooting on manual (not something I’ll be doing moving forward until I know what to do) and I obviously overestimated my lighting situation, but I think this photo captures the feeling of quarantine pretty well. Dismal, solitary, etc. I have to say though, I’ve been having the time of my life under this quarantine.



This was the second photo I took. Believe it or not, it was taken seconds after that first one. I was still getting used to the ISO – Shutter Speed – Aperture holy trinity, and it looks like that will be something I’ll struggle with for the rest of my life. This one shows a little more of the bright side of quarantine.



This is one of the brightest spots of quarantine. We get to stay home with Hutton every day for the foreseeable future. There may be an obligatory Hutton photo in every journal entry. She’s just so damn photogenic.



I got a little ambitious with the angle here. I like the skew because it implies the dog’s signature curious head-tilt. The clock in the background and the layered doorways are also nice touches. I can almost hear Hutton asking if it’s time to go out.



Here I got ambitious with shutter speed. My mom is currently living in our house while we renovate the apartment next door for her, so we’re all quarantined together. She has been doing a lot of cleaning to keep herself busy and relieve her anxiety. This is a neat chicken leg vacuum action shot. The huge windows in the living room make the lighting an issue. Lighting is hard.



This was also one of Jill’s only days off since the outbreak. She is working from home now and I’m sure I’ll have some photos of her hard at work, but here she is planting some new seeds for the summer. Prepping for a better place after this pandemic. I like the lighting in this one a lot, I think it captures how the lighting felt in real life pretty well. I also like the fruit in the bowl to the right, like an amateur still-life subject that I largely ignored.


So that’s my first batch and my first step on this journey. The class I’m taking has assignments, so I’m going to be following those in the days coming up. Workflow is something I have to get hammered out. It’s a struggle right now and it makes me not want to move forward, but I have all the time in the world and no excuse to stop now.