I used some of my Christmas money and signed up for a photography class taught by one of the guys from a local social media site, Bingpop. He's young and hip enough that he's never owned a camera that used actual film. The class meets 4 Mondays in February in the back room of one of our favorite restaurants, the Lost Dog, which means Michael can wait for me at the bar while he reads Clarissa (next out of the hat after Jude). So far it has been totally worth it, because it was time when I had nothing else to do but put my camera in manual and play with it while someone reminded me about all the things I used to know 30 years ago but stopped remembering.
I have a little homework, mostly involving "fiddle with either ISO, aperture, or shutter speed and take a lot of photos." So today in the woods, that is just what I did. I deleted most of the results, but still ended up with about 20 favorites. Here are 4 of them. Note that the models I have closest to hand are the dogs, so be ready for lots of pictures of them over the next few weeks, because they're awfully photogenic. And Michael, he's at hand most of the time too and the camera doesn't mind him at all.