Day 294 (20 Oct 2012) Autumn Macro – Acorns and Tractors

I took a quick study break after lunch (yes, I’m spending most of this beautiful day inside studying for my courses 😦 ) to shoot.  I thought it would be cool to shoot some of the many acorns littering my yard before I mowed the lawn and chopped them, and the leaves, up.  I also wandered over to the backhoe in my yard that shows up in several of my images and took some macro images of it, too.

Now back to the books for me!

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Acorn

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Acorn among leaves

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Hiding Acorn

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Backhoe Bucket

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Tractor Treads

Day 145 (24 May 2012) Light Painting Attempt

I’ve got this great idea for one of my submissions for a Long Exposure photo challenge jointly hosed by Seeing Spots Photography and Nick Exposed.  Check out either site for details on how you can join the challenge!  This is the second one they have jointly held.  The first begin a Quotography Challenge.  It was a lot of fun!  They are both great photographers, so feel free to check them out and get some creative ideas for your own work!

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18 mm, 65 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Flashgun painting attempt)

But anyway, my shot didn’t turn out at all.  Turns out a cloud covered moonless night didn’t have enough light, even for a 5 min exposure.  So, as my bed was starting to call my name, begin after 10:30 and all, I decided to try something new to me: light paining w/ a speedlight.  I’m not satisfied with the results, but then again I didn’t read up on it or spend any time looking at examples.  I will reattempt at some point, maybe for this challenge?  But if you have any tips/hints, please leave them in the comments section; they are greatly appreciated!!

Day 34 (3 Feb 2012) I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

Today I decided to walk around my yard and see what looked interesting.  It’s funny how different I look at things now that I’ve really taken up photography; the leaf in the puddle, the rusty backhoe in my front yard, that bug on the flower, etc, etc.  I have over 3 acres, most of it woods/wetlands, and I hardly ever go walk through it, but today I decided to take a stroll and enjoy it 🙂

In the first photo is a baseball I found as you see it.  It must be from the previous owners or left by my dog.  The next couple of photos are of an old backhoe that’s been sitting in my front yard (technically in my neighbor’s yard, the way the property line is drawn) since before I moved.  I’ve taken photos of it at different times, and see something new each time.

Lost but Found

50 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens (Lost, but Fond)

Sign of the Backhoe

39 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Backhoe)

Hydraulic Manifold

30 mm 1/8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Hydraulics)

Day 17 (17 Jan 2012) Winter is Here

It’s taken long enough, but Winter decided to show up, half way through January.  We’ve had a few days of ‘normal’ January weather, and last night it finally snowed a couple of inches!!  I knew as I went to bed last night that I would finally get to shoot some true winter photos 🙂

I had a hard time picking out which one(s) to put up, so if you would like the see some more, please check out my Flickr Photostream.

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55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Snow on Backhoe Treads)

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55 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Snow on Fir Tree)