Still catching up on some themes missed in previous months.
This was taken from the plane while taking off from Boston, Massachusetts. Straightened, cropped, levels adjusted, blue saturation partially removed to help highlight the red brick in the city, and burned some of my favorite buildings.
Another January theme, finally completed. This trio is (from left to right) is of myself, my mom, and my sister Wendy. I was working on trying to get a nice picture of the three of us at the beach. I only had my little bendy tripod, so the shot was limited and it took several tries. I did get a nice photo… but I thought this one was more interesting for the blog. What are those 3 ladies talking about anyway?
I know its not very original…
But it did take a few shots to get the flag just the way I wanted it, with some ripple, but not too much. On my first attempt, I got home and realized that the flag was backwards in every single photo! Scratched those. Tried again. Also, decided to go less than the whole, because we all know what the flag looks like.
Maybe I’ll find a better representation later today… but I’m hedging my bets.
You have to see this one enlarged to really appreciate it. I took this yesterday morning… when I noticed the moths fluttering around this Velvet Mequite tree … little did I know just how many had joined the party!
I’ve been working on using my tripod… getting comfortable moving the camera on it and finding my shot. Quite a bit different than trying for the macro and supermacro shots in which it is very easy to find the subject matter, just have to get close enough. What I have discovered is that with the zoom lens, it is just another way to get a macro shot… but with a some safe distance between me and the subject. Also, easier to take a photo with sun against my back without causing a shadow to fall in the wrong place. Or as I learned it this photo… getting stung by a wasp. I’m fairly positive that if I didn’t have the telephoto lens, I’d never have been close enough to take this one.
It would be a shame if I let the whole month of June go by and not once include a photo of my favorite green tree, the Palo Verde. Translated it means just that, “green tree or stick.” They are a native plant to the Sonoran Desert.
If you want to learn more about the Palo Verde tree.. I put together this little blog entry (with photos, of course)…
ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 7:10am; (Super Macro, camera on the ground)
Look what I found on this morning’s bike ride! Yes, a beach ball! It’s only 5″ but who cares. Doesn’t it look like it is lost in a beach dune?
I experimented with the aperture setting on this. I took it at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and f/8. Normally, I’d say that the narrow depth of field would be the better shot, that is, if I wanted all the attention on the beach ball. But I don’t in this case. To fool the viewer that this is indeed a beach scene I think the f/8 shot is the best one.
But for the Friday Assignment, the f/2.8 s best, especially with a little vignette added:
You really will have to look at each photo enlarged to see the difference that the aperture makes on the focal point. I also think that the weed stems help frame the ball. I’d like say that contrast helps, but I think the colors are more complimentary than contrasting.
In the next one, there is no doubt what the focal point is… this is how I found the ball before I got off my bike and walked around to see what other shots there were:
This ball was so much fun, I might have to go back with the car to pick it up.
The experiment using the snow setting on the moon failed. I tried that last night with the same camera that I used to take the “darkness” RV photo.
The moon was still out this morning when we got up — I think that might mean we got up to early — so once again I was taking pics before I had my coffee. This was taken with the SX10… it’s what I hoped for, but still I never expected I get this much detail. I plan to try in a few more nights/days when the moon has waned a bit.
Carl was up making coffee at 5am this morning. Sun wasn’t even up yet, but there were some beautiful rays peaking over the mountains.
I realized that I was looking at “darkness” and started shooting photos before I got out of bed. Post processing makes it look more daytime than it is… but I like the color. As you all know by now, we live in an RV… this gives a nice look at our condensed lifestyle.
By the way… to get this to stay dark with the point and shoot camera… I used the “snowman” scene which prevented the camera from adding more light to the scene as it was wont to do. I know I say I never use these canned settings, but this morning it made all the sense in the world. I think I’ll try this trick tonight on the full moon. And if that works, and assuming I find some fireworks… I’ll try it on them as well.