Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day Off in San Francisco

Since I returned to work back in late May, I have only taken one day off + one sick day. Thus, I topped out on the number of vacation days I could accumulate. As I had a Groupon for a photography class, I decided to take today off and redeem my Groupon and do the class at Fisherman's Wharf / Pier 39.

It was a great choice all the way around. First, the weather was absolutely lovely I'm San Francisco. Unlike the usual fog, we had plenty of sun. Second, I was the only person who signed up for the class today. So, I got a chance to work with my instructor Kelly one-on-one. She was a nice gal with plenty of knowledge to pass on.

I learned quite a bit about the art of manual photography. Kelly's philosophy was to get students away from shooting in automatic modes. I had tried reading about manual photography but nothing beats practice and having someone talk you through things. I took quite a few shots today for practice. Some turned out well and some didn't but that's ok. It takes a little time to grasp everything.

To cap the day, I went and got a massage and hung out at the bookstore for a little while. All in all, a lovely way to spend a day away from work.

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