So I eagerly embarked on this new photographic adventure, with camera in hand, but nowhere near my eyes. It's not like I can see anything clearly anyway, so I really wasn't expecting this to be all that difficult: push the button; hear the beep; shoot the picture. Yeah right!
In my first attempt, I took a picture of someone's butt! Oops! Not where I was aiming. I figured I needed some distance - to get more than someone's butt, so I backed off a bit. Took the picture, got a whole person, but alas, it was my Great Aunt, whom I didn't recognize from that distance. She, however, has the eyes of a hawk, and so I spent the next 45 minutes providing family updates. End of photo shoot.
I returned later in the day, determined to master this new technique. My target was the ice cream parlor - it's big, it can't move, and it can't talk back. I took 10 shots, and the ice cream parlor failed to appear in any of them! [Facepalm!]
I decided I'd spend some time experimenting in the country, and Old Yeti volunteered to be my model. I took hundreds of practice shots. The one above is the best; it was in focus, sort of straight (from a certain point of view) and my subject was completely in the frame. Clearly, I was making progress.
A week later, I braved the city streets of my home town to capture some human subjects. The results were mixed. Apparently, I don't do so well focusing while walking, and I definitely need some distance from my subjects. I also apparently prefer off-horozontal photography. (Ask Dubbya if you're unfamiliar with the term!)
So these are my entries to the challenge. They are far from perfect, but I had a great time laughing at myself while making the attempts, and I'll definitely try again in the future.