Day 134 (13 May 2012) Devil’s Hopyard

Today the weather was perfect, so a friend and I decided to go for a short hike at Devil’s Hopyard St. Park in East Haddam, CT.

I didn’t shoot many photos, as it wasn’t really a photo walk, but here are a couple. I haven’t quite figured out a good way to shoot forest scenes; I will have to so some research on that, as I hope to spend a lot of time hiking this summer/fall.

Tree Hollow

18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Tree Hollow)

Fern Meadow

18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Fern Meadow)

day 133 (12 May 2012) Night Beach

I took a quick jaunt to the beach tonight on my way home from hanging w/ a friend to snap a few photos.  It never really dawned on me that the boats were in continuous monition till I saw the photos full size.  Adds an interesting effect.

 

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Day 132 (11 May 2012) Here’s Looking at You, Kid!

I took a few minutes at lunch to walk outside my home with my camera/marco lens to see what I could find.  I found this little dragonfly next to my walk way.  Most of my shots were out of focus (slight breeze and not using a tripod), but I like this one better than the rest anyway.

I also swapped back to my kit zoom lens when the sun came out later and tried for more cloud shots.

Look into my eyes!

60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Look into my eyes!)

Clouds

18 mm, 1/125 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Clouds)

Day 131 (10 May 2012) My Most Expensive Photos

Today I was stupid.  After a great face-time date with my gf, I was in a great mood and rushed out the door to capture the sunset.  I wasn’t thinking clearly as I pulled over near an over-grown field of grass, parked, and put my key in my jacket pocket.  The grass/weeds are tall, so I’m bounding to get to a good spot to shoot before I loose the light.  After a couple shots and lots of jogging, It dawns on me to check my pockets.  My car key was not there, because I failed to zip up the pocket 😦  I spent about an hour searching the tall grasses to no avail, and decided I better head home while there was still some light.  Thankfully my house was only 1.5 miles away.

I bet you are wondering why I say “expensive”; my car is a VW and takes those special cut keys, and it was my only one!  Learn from my mistake and always, ALWAYS have a second somewhere!

Anyway, enough whining; here is the photo I stopped to take:

Sunset

18 mm, 1/60, f/13, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Sunset)

This shot is from my short walk home. I didn’t feel like setting up the tripod, so I had to boost the ISO way up, but at a small size the noise isn’t too bad.

Don't Fence Me In

27 mm, 1/15, f/6.3, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Don’t Fence Me In)

And this shot is from last night on my way to class; it was rainy and foggy and I couldn’t resist pulling over and shooting a couple frames when I saw it.

Foggy Pond

60 mm, 1/55, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Foggy Pond)

Day 130 (9 May 2012) Rain Drops Keep Falling . . .

I think I’ve fallen in love with taking macro shots of water drops 🙂  I would be remiss to not mention the that I’ve drawn some inspiration from H2O by Joanna!  It’s amazing what these small little worlds look like up close.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them 🙂

(Rain Drop Reflection

60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Rain Drop Reflection)

Inverted World

60 mm, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Inverted World)

Flowers in a Drop

60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Flowers in a Drop)

I have a few more on my Flickr feed, but these are my favorites from today.

Day 129 (8 May 2012) Reflections

I drive by this pond any time I leave my house, as it’s next to my driveway.  It dawned on me this morning as I took this photo that I have not really shot much around it; I should ask my neighbor if they mind if I wander around shooting; I’m sure they will be ok w/ it!

I really enjoy reflections in water, especially in natural areas.  Kinda makes me reflect on my own life a bit each time, which is always a good thing 🙂

Reflections

35 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Reflections)

Day 128 (7 May 2012) Shadow and Color

I decided to shoot a couple things around my yard, and as I was walking back to my house, I noticed my shadow.  I’ve had a hankering to shoot a shadow series since I’ve always like looking at the cool shapes that shadows can make.  I may have to use this as a start of exploring a new concept 🙂  Any tips/tutorials on shadows would be great!  (yes, I know I can google it, but I prefer to save the effort if I can 😉 )

My Shadow

33 mm, 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (My Shadow)

I really like the color contrast between this backhoe and the woods; the yellow/rust over the green.

Tractor Colors

32 mm (cropped), 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Tractor Colors)

This wood pile has been sitting here for several years, now.  I’m still trying to find the best way to shoot it, but it’s decay is fascinating to me.  I like the effect of this filter on the wood pile; it really brings out the texture.

Wood Pile

55 mm, 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Wood Pile)

Day 127 (6 May 2012) Clouds

I finally got to go through my photos from this weekend, and I got some good ones, I think 🙂  You can find them here, on my Flickr account, if you like. (there are a couple of the “super moon” (If you don’t see them, check back in a bit, they are uploading currently)

Here are a few photos I took on my way home today.

Weed in the SKy

18 mm, 1/160 sec, f/20, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Weed in the Sky)

Weed

32 mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Weed)

For this next one, I tried to make the clouds dramatic, like I’ve seen in other photos, but I’m not sure how.  Any tips or links to tutorials would be grateful!

Clouds

18 mm, 1/800, f/10, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Clouds)

And here is one from the drive up:

ADK Sunset

51mm, 1/50 sec, f/10, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (ADK Sunset)

Day 126 (5 May 2012) Heart Lake, Adirondacks

Today is a shot of sunset taken with my iPhone, not processed, just as is. I did take some with my DSLR, but as I’m out campin still, you will have to wait till tomorrow night to see them! Enjoy!

    Heart Lake, ADK

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Day 125 (4 April 2012) Topo Time

This weekend I’m heading out on a camping/hiking trip!  A friend and I will camp 2 nights and hike aprx 15 miles to summit Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.  Mt. Marcy is the tallest mountain in the ADKs and the highest point in the State of NY at 5,344 feet (1,629 m).  That is “high” for the East Coast, but were I’m from in Northern CA, it’s a foot hill, LOL.

Trail conditions will be “OK” at best, w/ mud, snow, and Ice still, in places.  But I’m always up for a challenge, and what better way to start out the hiking season than by summiting the highest peak in NY!

Tomorrow I will be taking lots of photos, but will probably only post via my iPhone.  However when I return on Sunday, I’ll have them up on my Flickr account for all y’all to see.

Here are a few shots of my map, which came with the guide book, that I’ll be using tomorrow.

My Destination

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (My Destination)

Mountain Peak

60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Mountain Peak)

Day 124 (3 May 2012) Garage Colors

I was walking down into my garage to grab my camera out of my car, and as I turned to reenter the house, I happened to look up at my pegboard wall.  I am shocked I never noticed the abundance of Red and especially Yellow amongst these tools!  I turned to look around and saw a bunch more red and yellow through out my garage.  I find it interesting that so many tools, tool boxes, etc are these bright colors. I know it’s not great photography, but I’ve got a lot so homework to do!

Tool Colors

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Tool Colors)

This is just an old vice I have bolted to one of my workbenches. I got it from an old woman who was cleaning out her father’s basement shop. This is probably many decades older than I am, and still works perfectly! I’m not happy with this shot; it could use a different perspective and less DoF (had my kit lens on, f/4 is too small an aperture I think).

Old Vice

25 mm, 1/20 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Old Vice)

123 (2 May 2012) More Macro

I just decided to play w/ my macro lens some this afternoon.  Nothing fancy, just some shots of my watch and my work boots.

Time

60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Time)

Eco-Drive

60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Eco-Drive)

Work Boot

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Work Boot)

Day 122 (1 May 2012) Blackledge Falls II

Back a short time ago (11 April), I went to Blackledge Falls to try shooting it in the dark, but it was way too dark.  So today I tried again, but this time I had success!  It was about 7:30, so it was getting darker, but I could see perfect, and only needed 5-13 second exposures 🙂

Blackledge Falls

18 mm, 10 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Blackledge Falls)

Two Falls

18 mm, 13 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Two Falls)

Trail in the Woods

27 mm, 4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Trail in the Woods)